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TQ1 - Catherine of Aragon by KristinaGehrmann TQ1 - Catherine of Aragon by KristinaGehrmann
Kristina Gehrmann

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I want to make a series of Tudor Queens. After watching the whole of "The Tudors" AND reading biographies by Carolly Erickson AND novels by Philippa Gregory, it felt natural. Lots of inspiration in those dramatic stories!

My first painting in this series shows Catherine of Aragon (1485-1536), though I think there were other Tudor queens before her. But my painting series will be long enough from there , since I plan to paint all other queens after her, ending with Elizabeth I.

Catherine was Queen of England as the first wife of King Henry VIII of England (the crazy one with the 6 wives, y'know)

The next portraits in this series will feature:
2) Anne Boleyn
3) Jane Seymour
4) Anne of Cleves
5) Catherine Howard
6) Catherine Parr
7) Mary I
8) Elizabeth I

Reference for face features from this original portrait by Michael Sittow: [link]
Pose reference from ~Gracies-Stock <3

Thanks for looking! :heart:
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First off, I have to say this looks wonderful. I love how this looks like a traditional oil painting. The colors that you chose really contrast well with each other and push the figure forward. I really love all of the small details in her jewelry that you added as well.

Her face is really well rendered and it looks amazing. However, I think the dress could be rendered a little better to match the face. I understand that you were probably going for atmospheric perspective with the sides of her body kind of blending in with the background, but I think that especially with her right arm holding up her head, the sleeve of that dress could be rendered a bit more to match the face and give the picture some more depth. Also, the area where her elbow is meeting her dress doesn't look like it's showing much weight.

The last thing that I can really critique on is probably the anatomy of her right arm. The upper arm looks rather small and is angled as though it doesn't meet the lower arm at the elbow.

Anyways, I hope this helps and that it made sense. Your painting really does look great, I had to be pretty nit-picky! =D
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Siobhen26 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
What program do you use? 
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Londonroze Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
This is absolutely beautiful I really adore Catherine's  and how you did her skin and expression
AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
The strongest and most motherly queen of all. She was patient with the unjust king and did her best to try and help him find the right path only to loose him later sadly.
ChristopherReality Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just came across this and it is fantastic. Love Hug 
Flamestar00 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautiful! The only one not in this series is Elizabeth of York wife of Henry VII the first tudor monarch. She was the mother of Henry VIII although you probably know that xD
shamylicious Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Personally I am not a a Christian, but i really like Catherine of Aragon and her Life and Destiny..
TatianaRomanov21 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is very good:)
LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
Correct Hair colour, rosary in her hand and French hood.... THANK YOU!!!!! CAtherine of Aragon bought the French hood to England NOT anne Boleyn x
Shennondoah Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student General Artist
I agree with Luminela below, but the expressive face take the look away from the arms and dress in the lower part of the image.
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