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    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.

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    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.

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    an update, I'm really having fun with this.

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    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.

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    Here's my update. That's some serious hair.

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    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.
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    My first attempt at Chow =)
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    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.

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    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.'"

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    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.

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    Painting all that fabric is going to ware me out.

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    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...

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    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.
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    Don't think I'll be able to finish, but I've never tried an historical figure before, so here goes:

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    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.
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    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.

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