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Tudor Queens 8 - Elizabeth I by KristinaGehrmann Tudor Queens 8 - Elizabeth I by KristinaGehrmann
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OMG! My "Tudor Queens" series is finished! This is the eighth and final image in the series.
The last time I attempted a series (The Seven Virtues, in 2005) I stopped after image 3 of 7 and never finished it. But this one was so much fun, I could paint those Tudor queens all over again!

There is so much artifice in the portraits of Elizabeth I. She wears giant dresses that seem to weigh more than her with all the jewels and ornaments. And those elaborate wigs, huge starched collars and detailed headdresses! How long it must have taken to get dressed like this?! Perhaps a bit too long to do it every day. So I'm going to assume that the decorative excesses were mainly for representative purposes (as Queen of England she was practically obligated to look more splendid, rich, and fashionable than everyone else around her), and that she actually wore much simpler outfits on most days.

Enough about dresses! :) You can read the story of Queen Elizabeth on the addictive Wikipedia: [link]
There's also a fun-to-read biography: "Elizabeth" by Carolly Erickson, who also wrote about Mary Tudor, King Henry VIII, and Catherine the Great.

I put her in a forest setting because I think the real Elizabeth would have liked this - a relaxing rest from restrictive court life, nothing artificial here. And because my gallery needs more green paintings anyway.
I feel like I'm finally starting to figure out the gorgeous sunlight-shining-through-green-leaves light.

Pose and dress referenced from `lockstock
Smile referenced from ~LongStock
Photoshop and Wacom tablet, as always. Took about 20 hours.

Thanks for looking :heart:
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:icondreamingxashley:
DreamingxAshley Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Elizabeth I was also called the Fairy Queen, so it's also fitting she is in a forest.
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AJInu-Okami Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Proclaimed most beautiful and popular queen in England's history. You did a wonderful job on her.
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artayofthemoon Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you left out Lady Jane Grey, the 9 Day Queen before Bloody Mary. She was Edward's chosen heir.
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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artayofthemoon Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Shmelanna Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student
I really love the lighting here, how you render her half in shadow and half in sunlight.. gorgeous work
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TarmaHartley Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Stunning work! WOW! This is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL! :)

AWESOME WORK! :)

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x-Silverwing-x Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I WILL be back to buy this entire series! As soon as I have money...
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LadyAnneBoleyn00 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013
So realistic!
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carrie-lou Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Love it!
The colouring, the pose and texture is incredible....
love how you did her clothes, very well done for that era :)
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UnderlandDigital Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012   Digital Artist
this beautiful piece has been featured here [link] :aww:
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UnderlandDigital Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
amazingly beautiful! I just love Elizabeth!! :love:
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primulatook Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful!
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xxxThePretentiousxxx Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! She looks so pretty and happy :)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Another Masterful Piece!!! WOW!!!
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feainne Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Featured: [link] :heart:
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Jey-Jey96 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2012
I love her dress!
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feline927 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012
NICE!!![link]
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have been featured here. I hope that this is OK :squee:
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm honored! Thank you =)
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tincek-marincek Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
My pleasure :huggle:
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Lady-Sonata Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your work is featured in my journal [link]
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Lilian112 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011
I really love your art :-D
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feainne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the way you painted her dress, stunning :love:
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Hurricane-Jeanne Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My mind is BLOWN by this. I'm literally stunned into silence. All I can say is that this is legendary like the woman portrayed.
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Piper4Grace Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
You are the only one I can find that does art on (for example Ann Boylen, Queen Elizabeth etc... I cant wait to see more. I know the history of these women and like to see the cloths they wore.
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TitusBoy25 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful work!:heart:
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hjaxon1701 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
Stunningly beautiful! I love her smile and the setting you chose.
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luodan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
nice
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fuhrmannskoffer Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
holy moly! the dress is so beautiful and bright :faint: LOVE IT!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you darling! :)
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Nataly1st Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011   Digital Artist
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Fraustro Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Just decided to come back to deviantart and saw this pleasant survive. I'm impressed with your imprivement Kristina!
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KristinaGehrmann Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)

Wait...! who's that!?! :o DIEGO! Welcome back :D
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LilyHellsing Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
Elizabeth I <3 My fav.

I think Ive read Erikson's book...I think o.O There are so many out about her xD
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xerryta94 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! :faint:
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Zhaana Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow you make such beautiful paintings !! :jawdrop:
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Carlazzo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A beautiful work of art. Simply fascinating! Excellent! =)
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Tanyshe4ka Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
wunderschön!!!
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Shockowaffel Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
The cloth is amazing and she she looks great too ! Really nice work.

If I should name something negative, it would propably be the background. It's good to make it blurry to get the focus on HER, but that's just too blurry.
Maybe I'm a little wrong and it isnt just the blurryness, but the rough painting of the trees/leafs combined with the quite monochrome colouring back there.

Just an idea, a halo-like light behind her head, formed by light coming through the trees maybe ?
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gabbachoo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
This is beautiful. I'm not familiar with the subject, but the composition is nice and the way the light reflects, especially off the dress onto her face, is well-done.
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Zaichick Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yes, the sunlight coming through the trees is beautiful.
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Maripon Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love it!
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videlinutnut Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
So realistic! :heart:
The lighting through the leaves is done perfectly in my eyes, but then again I no painter! :rofl: It's so eye-catching and beautiful!
I love the way you have portrayed Elizabeth I, I think she would actually go and find a peaceful spot in the woods, when she has had enough of life at court! Plus she's one of my favourite Tudor Queens! :nod:
(I think I will check out that Biography on her)
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slategreen Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The light is so beautiful... it's just so real.. you really feel the translucence of her skin... the fabric. Breathtaking. :+fav:.
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Novester-Finch Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
She's such a fascinating woman, as she turned so much well earned paranoia into a very successful reign despite giving up some personal wants. As for the clothes, she used them just as she used everything else. To show her status and to over-awe people. She was a very talented manipulator. You portrayed her very well!
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CrystalRose331 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fantastic :) I adore Elizabeth I and the entire Tudor family.. It's one of my favorite things to read about, especially in historical fiction lol One of my favorites was Elizabeth I's diary in the Royal Diaries series :meow: Anyway, I love this entire series! They're all really great :)
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Cloverdeer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Student General Artist
wow~ beautiful yet creepy at the same time~ XD not by a whole lot of creepiness but just by her smile...it seems like shes expecting something~ XD
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Rus-K Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
This is amazing work!!!
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KakashiMorph Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Stunning, as always. :)
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