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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:…
Pose reference from Gracies-Stock <3

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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  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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  Student Digital Artist
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.
riverotter7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The portrait favours her. Have you seen the one by Michael Sittow as well? That was done when Katherine was a Young Lady in Spain and is so very lovely.
This portrait you've done of her is one of the Wife struggling to suit herself to a straying husband and trying to calm her own loving heart by using religion to do it. She never gave in.
The one problem I have with this picture is the plain-ness of Katherine's dress. She loved rich fabrics, gold-picked designs and jewelry. She used the Queen's Jewels to their best and although she grew plump with age and child-bearing, she never stopped looking like the Queen she was until pushed to it by Henry -- and then she still fought him. England could have been founded on her had things been different.

Yes, I fell in love with Michael Sittow's portrait of her and have it framed in the middle of all my Norse Studies/Religious material which takes up my Study/Library (and far far into L-Space). Does L-Space ever get full? I'm not going into the closet to find out.

You, my Love, have still brought to light the tortured face of a tortured Queen. An Excellent Job!
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) I used Sittow's portrait as reference.
Gillianren Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just FYI, both The Tudors and the novels of Philippa Gregory are AWFUL history. Your work is lovely and an interesting take on the Tudor women, but do yourself a favour and find better historical references.
riverotter7 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I do agree. The HBO series is HORRID history and is skewed and butchered -- never mind the fact that I have it and am working on getting the Borgias. I like Soap operas as well as the next person but I don't allow them to write my History.
Phillipa Gregory is a novelist not a Historian. Carolly Erikson used to write excellent work but recently has slipped into iffy work. I suggest you get off of Wiki and into the heavy History stacks of a University library if you have access to one. Even a Local Library -- provided you NOT use novels-- will do you some good. If you can, Inter-Library Loan some items. Your Librarian can Help you. that's what we're there for.
Gillianren Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I mean, for heaven's sake, The Tudors doesn't even get the colour of Henry's hair right!
riverotter7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That and he was grossly over weight from dropsy -- COPD, diabetes, heart and kidney disease, never mind that huge festering ulcer (did NO ONE think of putting mashed willow and yarrow on it instead of bleeding him and binding it up?!?! -- says the Cranky Otter).

Henry also had a full beard by the time he and Katherine were in the middle of "The Great Matter" and bullied his Wife and Daughter horribly. I noticed there was nothing about moving Katherine from the More to the other two houses each on more damp than the last. I really wish they would have included the fight over the baby gown.

You know we could nit-pick this one for a good long time and then go on to the fashions. Want to?
MissSindy Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012
Catherine of Aragon was supposedly known and praised for her abundant patience. I think you devinately captured that patience, protectiveness, cunning, and wit in your painting
starrynights1987 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Writer
Your Tudor Queen series Rocks!
katymoon05 Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
she's lovely, and such humor you've tucked into the corners of her mouth!
Beanie86 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012
I loved your Tudor Queens series!! Would love to see your take on Elizabeth of York. But I understand, it is time consuming to make amazing works of art like theses.
Sakraida82 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Lovely facial textures
samsmith92samsmith Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012
Fantastic piece of art work!

And there was one Queen before Catherine of Aragon; Elizabeth of York, Henry VII's wife (Henry VIII's mother).
tAmeMyHeArT Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love those books!
girlcanrock Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Completely mindblowing. It looks like a photograph. It's exactly how I imagined her. And it's incredible to see her with the correct colouring, rather than the more typical Spanish colouring.

As for Tudor Queens, I think Queen Elizabeth, Henry VIII's mother, was the first since her mother was married to the Lancaster King, not a Tudor.
Xandra89 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Beautiful, Catherine of Aragon was my favorite Tudor Queen and the one that held Henry VIII's interest the longest(20 years as opposed to Anne's 10). A really tragic figure, she wasn't allowed to see her daughter in the years between her losing Henry's favor, and her death because she wouldn't acknowledge Henry's new position as head of the church or Anne as the new Queen; which must have been a real blow to her, as there are reports that she personally tended to a deathly ill teenage Mary I in the days where it was unheard of for a Queen to be bothered with such matters.

I also like that you drew her with the correct complexion and hair color, since she's described as being fair complexioned and with light hair, despite every modern tv show and movie portraying her a stereotypically Spanish.
azami2011 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011
I like it! I've always been fascinated by the Tudors and to see someone else do works of art based on their likenesses is just wonderful. I love what you did with Catherine of Aragon, with the muted colors and also the addition of the rosary, as Catherine was a devout Catholic. I also like how you kept up with a semi-accurate depiction of her looks, as all of the other media portrayals I've seen have her with dark hair and eyes. All in all, a fantastic job!
sweeterpsyche Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely picture; I love your whole series, and can't wait to see the Elizabeth one!
Only thing: I think the circle around her head in the Sittow portrait is a halo circle rather than part of the headdress, which is just a tight coif.
indispoptart Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Your series of Tudor queen portraits are quite lovely -- the first Catherine and the last Catherine are both my favorite queens and favorite of your portraits. I am also extremely glad to see that you gave Catherine of Aragon light hair, thank you for that! Wonderful job on all of them -- as well as the rest of your beautiful gallery!
Liliaje Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
catherine of aragon! my favorite tudor queen :)
looks amazing :heart:
karenjade Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2011
:D I absolutely love this! Catherine of Aragon is my favorite of Henry's wives! My only nit pick is that the pose seems somewhat out of character for her and her eyes were light blue.
BritTuTu Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2011  Professional Photographer
ha i am def watching this right now xD
you should draw him and his children to. don't forget he also had 2 illegitimate sons
oh and i have a question could you draw thomas cranmer for me? he is one of my ancestors ( an uncle ) :)
FeelingVeryLucky Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Oh man... I loved "The Tudors," too... 8'D Especially Catherine of Aragon. So interesting! And... you're really great at painting skin. Wow. Some of the best painted skin I've ever seen, honestly.
Disciple77 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Great detail! Amazing work!
Sistene Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Really, nice, but I think you should make her look a bit more Spanish, just to show her origins. Apart from that, fantastic :D
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011
Magnificent Work!!!
ValiantParadox Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like how you didnt make her too pretty, since catherine of aragon was described as being ordinary-looking :)
InkHeart17 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so excited for this series you're taking on. This first one is excellent. But I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that there was the "Nine Days Queen" Lady Jane Grey between Parr and Mary.
etherealemzo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you going to be doing Jane Grey? She was only queen for nine days, but she was a queen. (After Edward died and before Mary ascended.)
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I don't know yet, maybe. :)
KlaraKay Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
WoW!!! This is sooo beautiful!!! Soooo beautiful!!!
infiniteHaus Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
How is it she can say so much without opening her mouth nor entering my vicinity? <3
ThornyEnglishRose Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Great picture. I've never seen her looking quite like that before, and it's nice to some different interpretations. Lovely expression too.

The other previous Tudor queen would have been then wife of Henry VII/mother of Henry VIII, as Henry VII won the throne in battle and was the first Tudor king. But I can't remember her name, and I don't recall seeing a portrait of her!

Anyway, can't wait to see the rest. :)
Elee-Maanefisker Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
So far, I think you did an amazing job on your Tudor Queens! Did you use their original portraits as reference for all of them? In lots of representations of the Tudor queens (including the tv show) I think people made them look too much like photo models, following the beauty ideal of our age, though the beauty ideal of the Tudor period was obviously different. That is also quite visible in their portraits - none of them look like cover girls, but rather like ordinary women (if you don't look at their outfits). Anyway, I think you did a great job in making them look really natural and true to the way I imagined their personalities when I read Phillipa Gregory's novels (amazing books, by the way!). I'm looking forward to the rest of the series:)
KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Yes, I referenced both the looks and clothes from their original portraits. (Sometimes it's a bit tricky when one person looks totally different in two portraits XD)
Stripesandangelwings Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, biographies? I must read them. Oh, and it goes without saying: Very, very beautiful.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ;D
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This has a lovely expression, full of character and you can sense that she is a bit of a tragic personality. :)
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