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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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19Enigma80 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Nice draw :)
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:iconmethowwolf:
methowwolf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy cow. This is VERY powerful.
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa, this is so chilling!
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frejias Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely incredible! I love your style, the limited palette works really well-it makes the gold stand out! Really stunning!
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your nice words, i'm so glad you liked it!
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:iconpetstudent:
PetStudent Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's extremely skillfully handled black/impression of black in watercolour. I'm very impressed!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for your compliment!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014
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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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
A little late but thank you very much for your nice comment on this, Erin! :)
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LaraInPink Featured By Owner 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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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014   Traditional Artist
Hello again, Lara! :XD: Thank you for your nice words on this, i'm so glad you liked it! I actually mixed black with indigo and/or payne's grey and only used black on its own for the darker shadows. ;)

Now for the series, i love this kind of stuff (my favourite having been the Tudors). I wanted to watch it, tried a bit, but unfortunately my Spanish is not that good and i couldn't follow. :( I'll see if i can find some subtitles. Thanks for the suggestion though!
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LaraInPink Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, I didn't think about that xD I've tried to search the subtitled version but I found nothing... my sister has asked to a friend of hers who sees Spanish series from another country, if she has any idea about where to see it, I'll let you know! :aww:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
That would be fantastic, thank you! :)
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:iconlarainpink:
LaraInPink Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've just send you a note ;)
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Pinkcaramel68 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Amazing colouring
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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joeyv7 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Wonderful portrait - good luck in the contest!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much Cathy!
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:iconkakao-bean:
kakao-bean Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NICE! Very nice, indeed.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Hey, thank you very much!
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:icon2ndtoone:
2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Annathelle26 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ποσα ειδη μαυρου...! Wow. Τα καταφερες πολυ καλα *και* με σχετικα περιορισμενη παλετα!:clap:
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ασε, παει ενα ολοκληρο κυβακι μαυρου! :O Χρησιμοποιησα και διαφορους τονους μπλε αλλα τελικα δεν φαινεται τοσο..Σ'ευχαριστω πολυ, οπως παντα! :D
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JepoJ Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student Writer
Nice, Good luck!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconjepoj:
JepoJ Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student Writer
You are very welcome.
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:iconh-johanna:
H-Johanna Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so amazing. I love it
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
So glad to hear you do, thanks for your comment!
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simple-minds Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist
Excellent rendering and the chess piece is a deft touch. Love her gloves.  Did you design them?
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Well, they're just a variation of basic gauntlets; I did a little research and then just worked out a simple design. Thank you for your compliments. :)
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DarrelMorris Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Great concept and execution. Well done.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconoboro23:
Oboro23 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Amazing and powerful :heart:
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you! So glad to hear you think so. :)
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idrialdevanissar Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Amazing! I'm a great fan of Isabel I de Castilla :)
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RipplingEmbers Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As someone who plays chess a lot, I love that whole picture, from the concept to the execution. <3
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
I'm very pleased to hear that, thanks for your comment!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I love the concept!  Good luck to you!
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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Katherine-Black Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Good luck with the contest! It's an amazing piece :D
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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fargreencountry Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
This is gorgeous. I don't know if you have studied chess history, but part of the reason the queen in chess became the most powerful piece on the board was because of Isabella I of Castile and her power in the world.
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, i read something about it while doing my research on the figures i wanted to pay a tribute to with this piece. :)
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HetteMaudit Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Your drawing are stunning! Stunning piece.
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconorlan-21:
ORLAN-21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing drawing, amazing style!)
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:iconachen089:
Achen089 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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