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ROUND #208:: Marie Antoinette
Marie Antoinette was the famous and extravagant French queen, almost a fashion icon in her own time. She lived a life of extreme wealth outside of Paris in Versailles, which was like a golden cage to her. During her reign the people of France were suffering, she met her sad fate at the guillotine during the French revolution.
Design Marie Antoinette!
- Marie Antoinette was very fashionable, and wore many beautiful dresses. Go wild in your design!
- Stick to the historical setting.
- In her life she has seen both extreme wealth as imprisonment and execution. It is up to you how you want to portray her.
Lots of information and pictures:
PLEASE NOTE THE RULES AND THE DEADLINE TIME
SUNDAY, August 8th, 2010
Deadline is Sunday, at 9:00 pm (GMT +1).
If you do not stick to these 6 simple rules, you will not be added to the poll.
1) FOLLOW THE TOPIC.
It's about designing the character of the topic. The environment or side characters are far less important.
2) SHOW AT LEAST ¾ OF YOUR DESIGN.
This is not an illustration contest, but a design contest. Show your whole design!
3) POST YOUR FINAL IN THE FINALS THREAD.
4) INCLUDE WIPS WITH YOUR FINAL.
Show your work in progress and post (links to) this in the finals thread!
5) SAVE YOUR FILES IN THE FOLLOWING FORMAT. Chow##_Nickname
No final.jpgs please!
6) PLACE THE IMAGE IN A FRAME WITH YOUR NAME/TOPIC
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Last edited by Martheart; August 1st, 2010 at 05:40 PM.
here is my first idea because i want to make it holding her head i will make a canvas around the picture cause otherwise it will look like a zombie and not like a historic figure.
Nice topic. Lots of drama and costume. Cant resist.
A decapitated rococo queen very Marie Antoinette
Here's two sketches thats im thinking on, im leaning more towards the standing upright marie, with the hands trying to grab her and the guillotine blade in the back, that one is definitley more illustrative i think.
but of course I would love any input on what people like or think needs to be changed!
and JanJager, very very very nice start, ridiculously fast and good.
my site: www.beaubrokop.com
Just some sketches; I'm working out a pose for her. It's going to be a busy week for me, but I'm aiming to have two versions of the queen, one pre and one post dethroning. I'll at least get the pre-dethroning done. I'm going for the spoiled and impatient interpretation of her character.
Edit: And here's my pre-dethroning pose. Any comments/crit appreciated.
Last edited by Senira; August 2nd, 2010 at 12:50 AM.
I have some free time to join in again . Here is the start of my sketches.
It was interesting reading about Marie Antoinette. In the spirit of her cloistered, very formal and restrictive life as royalty, I'm portraying her as a fine jewelled porcelain automaton, or "Fancy Robot". Here's an early pose. Having trouble deciding what she's doing with her hand.
JanJager: The hair scaffolding idea is very cute.
OH MY GOD! I almost got a nosebleed reading this chow! I can't wait I really wanna do this one and can't wait to see what everybody comes up with!!
Ooooooooo! I've always just adored CHOW from afar, but I couldn't resist this one, pretty hair, ridiculous dresses and cake were just too hard to resist haha.
Just a sketch so far....I don't do too well with digital painting so this will be a big learning curve. Please be gentle......
Nice work everybody!
I'm not too sure about my sketches, do we actually have to do full body poses? If so i def cant do the right-hand idea!
"Draw me like one of your French girls."
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going with the second option, feels more concept-ish.
my site: www.beaubrokop.com
Kind of forced myself to work on this one and it shows; but better something than nothing, I'm not going to get better at this just sitting around waiting for an art miracle.
here is mine so far it still needs a lot of work especially the face and to add a canvas around to look like a wall picture.
JanJager i really like your overall idea cant wait to see it finished.
an update, I'm really having fun with this.
fdisk-- It took me a few seconds to recognize Marie on the horse. There's a lot happening in the dress pattern-wise, and that combined with the even values is causing her head to get lost in the visual clutter. I'd suggest toning down the dress pattern and working her head a bit more to make it stand out.
As for the dress itself, I thought the folds were melons at first. If you make the billows in the fabric less segmented and integrate it better with the lace at the bottom of the dress, the whole thing will read much more clearly.
And now that I look at it longer, I think the horse's back leg facing us is too close to the foreground. It doesn't seem in line with the fore leg.
Here's my update. That's some serious hair.
I'm still kind of iffy on the color scheme. My plan is to use a warm bg/cool foreground for this version of her, then flip it for the pre-execution version of her. I'm not sure if what I've picked for this version is working well, though. Hm.
Here's my sketch for her pre-execution version.
Hi there! Here are some preliminary sketches I did trying to work out the pose. I'm going to go with the least dramatic of the three. Mostly because it makes for a kind of funny image and it also shows off the dress a bit more. I'm going to go for traditional media on this one, pencil and watercolor, I think.
JanJager: Lovely beginning, very evocative and great composition. Her dress looks like it might be about to suddenly head south, however!
Senira: I love her expression, and that's a wonderful take on the over-the-top court wigs.
Initial sketch for my attempt. I'd like to actually keep it reasonably historically accurate but am trying to avoid just painting another portrait. The hair is a little old-fashioned for the dress, but most people don't recognize Marie Antoinette without the big hair, so I am debating. Also, I must look at some actual 18th century furniture.
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My wife is a history buff; from a book she has about the french revolution: "When it was time for [Marie Antoinette] to be bound to the plank [of the guillotine], she looked up at the statue of Liberty [not our New York model, mind you], which had been erected in the Place de la Revolution [now the Place de la Concord] in commemoration of the events of 10 August, and uttered her famous apostrophe, 'Oh Liberty, what crimes are committed in your name.'"
This is my first CHOW, i'm so excited . I was wondering at what size and resolution you guys paint at?
dkiearth: I love your idea! I hadn't even thought about picturing her after her death. Also, I really enjoy the whisps of fabric around her elbows.
zepheenia: I love her expression, her mischief with those sweets makes me giggle.
Painting all that fabric is going to ware me out.
They called her L'Autrichienne - The Austrian woman, also a pun on "dog". And if I remember right, her last words were to the executioner - something like "sorry I stepped on your foot". Been a while since I've taken part here, but it's time to buckle down! I have to fix that left arm...
Senira: I love how cartoony yours looks, and her hair! I wish I could see some texture in her hair like the trees.
Super Skoda: I want a more eerie ghostly feel about it, so I wish her arms were dangling at her sides instead of it feeling like her head JUST got chopped off. She wouldn't be standing if it had been. But I think the idea is great.
Master Troglodyte: I like the idea and the composition but the left side seems a little longer than it needs to be.
Jenny7332: I use the length of my computer screen and then crop it down later.
Wow, it looks like a lot of people are drawing her death. Well I have to admit that mine is also related to her beheading. She'll be holding a black ribbon around her neck and a gothic frilly dress. Trying to follow my inspiration: Hilary Knight. I'm having a hard time with the perspective on her legs on top of the glass table that will have her delicious pastries and wine.
Does it matter if you post short links? (doesn't hold the file name in the link)
Also, do all the WIPs have to be saved as CHOW##_username because then you can't save the progression in the WIPs.
This one is a pretty great learning experience about fabrics.. man, her dresses were intimidating.
Jenny7332: I'm not sure what you mean about short links, but the WIPs can have any filename you like. It's just the final that needs to have the strict naming format. Also, great work on her face.