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18th Century Sketches: Emerald by Velven 18th Century Sketches: Emerald by Velven
I recently finished a commission of two sketches of ladies wearing 18th century clothing and wigs.

As these are sketches I didn't ink them at all and just used watercolours to add some colour and then a quick overlay in PS, that being said I am pretty happy with how they turned out! :)

In my head I kept referring to this as the 'Emerald' sketch, for obvious reasons!
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
Another smug lady of the court, yet she seems much prouder, and more lofty than her Amythest counterpart. I like how her wig and dress are more complex visually, although much more simple in the layering than Amythest. Emerald has a refined elegance, while la belle rouge is more earthy. It fits their color schemes wonderfully.

The jewels at her throat are also incredible. They look so strongly three dimensional. It's lovely to see.
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah I like to try drawing different variations of historical periods, the 18th century has so much variety in tersm of embellishment that it's always exciting to draw!
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
What I like about it is that there is such variety for both men and women. As the 1800s approach men's styles get more and more conservative, and there isn't as much room to play with color and the like. Ah well.
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yes it's true, I love a nice Victorian suit, but sometimes all that grey and black gets a little dreary - dandies and macaronis are much more fun to draw! :D
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
Even if "form fitting" has not exactly been heard of in 1700. Have you ever gotten to see The Scarlet Pimpernel Musical? A friend had the music for it, and I heard a fascinating song called "Creation of Men" which I believe would tickle your funny bone (I think it would tickle the funny bone of anyone who was still breathing).
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I haven't seen that, is it on Youtube or somewhere? I must go and investigate! :D
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MorriganFearn Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011
Here's a clip from the Broadway play. The sound quality is... echoy. Sorry. It's painful if you like clear music. [link]

Other recommended songs from the same musical (try to ignore the fact that Margerite and Chauvelin were together in this play):
- The Riddle
- Falcon in the Dive (his voice... :la:)
- Into the Fire
- Madame Guillotine
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow, that looks awesome. I wan;t even aware this existed! This would be like adream job for me, a musical with these costumes?! Wow. :D
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quiteproustian Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011
the colouring is beautiful ^_^
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm always wary of my watercolour being to splotchy, I haven't quite mastered the smooth watercolour technique!! Lol.
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