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Elizabeth Bathory by Velven Elizabeth Bathory by Velven
Some time ago ~MayaMayfair became my 400th watcher, and I did a kiriban for my 200th watcher so I figured I would keep it up. I was having a massive art block at the time, but when she suggested a picture of Elizabeth Bathory I started sketching almost straight away. Fastforward lots of busy real life stuff and I have finally finished this!

For anyone who doesn't know, Elizabeth Báthory was a Hungarian (I think) Countess who is alleged to have tortured and murdered hundreds of young girls as well as bathing in their blood to keep her youth and beauty. I don't think we will ever know if she really did any of these things, but she is certainly interesting to draw! I tried to combine Elizabethan/early Jacobean styles with some elements of traditional Hungarian and Slovenian costume.

The embroidery on the smock sleeves is one of ~pinkcamellia's lovely Hungarian pattern brushes! :)

Thanks so much Maya, especially for being so patient! I hope you like it! :aww:
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wicked woman...beautifully rendered!!!
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankyou, I'm glad you like it! :)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:nod: It's awesome...have you considered doing a portrait of Lizzie Borden? :iconaxeplz:
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I have actually! When I finished the Bathory picture I thought of doing a series of pictures of lady killers, but alas I haven;t really had the tiem or inclination lately. :)
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Oh well, perhaps for Halloween...;)
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Good thinking Batman! :batman:
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D :iconbatsignalplz:
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Velven Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well unfortunately I've exhausted my batman icon know-how, so have :iconwhysoseriousplz: intead!
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QueenVictorya Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Really lovely :) love the colours
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Velven Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thankyou! :D
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