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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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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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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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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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