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The Black Queen by Achen089 The Black Queen by Achen089
"I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a king."

Elizabeth I

My entry to the Stylenoir Monarchy contest. Inspired by Isabella I of Castile, Elizabeth I and the black queen in chess. All of them powerful female figures in their own right.

Watercolour, white gouache, gold acrylic / 12x29 cm.
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:iconerinclaireb:
Great piece, you can really see her strength shining through. I love the way you've done the cloth she's wearing, especially the collar.
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LaraInPink Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is stunnig! I find hard to work with black only, the colour might look too flat; but here the shadows are rich and so the textures (I like the velvet-ish texture of the dress <3) The gold around her eyes is one of my favourite details, as the metallic, armour parts of her gown. 

Have you heard about the Spanish TV series Isabel? It is about the life and reign of Isabel I de Castilla. I'm not a great fan of the series, but my mum and sister love it xD anyways, the sets, costume and visual parts are pretty good, it might worth to take a look :) www.rtve.es/television/isabel-…
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:iconpinkcaramel68:
Amazing colouring
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Achen089 Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconjoeyv7:
Wonderful portrait - good luck in the contest!
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Achen089 Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Cathy!
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kakao-bean Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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Achen089 Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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2ndtoOne Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE! Very nice, indeed.
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Achen089 Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey, thank you very much!
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