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May 15, 2008
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Eleonora di Toledo by ersi Eleonora di Toledo by ersi
Eleonora di Toledo was a Spanish noblewoman who lived in the sixteenth century. She is considered as the first modern-style "first lady" in history. You can find more information about her in Wikipedia: [link]

Agnolo Bronzino, an Italian mannerist painter [link] , depicted Eleonora more than once in his canvases.

One of those works illustrates the cover of a book I have on art. Over a weekend I spent on the sofa because I was feeling sick, I made a pencil and watercolour partial copy of the painting, primarily of the face and necklace. I used a tea-stained watercolour paper to draw on, I liked the contrast between the abstract-looking stains and the classical painting. I scanned the paper and added some more stains in Photoshop.

I hope I'm posting this in the right category, since eighty percent of the work was traditional. I also hope you enjoy it. Thank you for viewing! :heart:

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birdpainter Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
I love this. The composition and subject matter is wonderful as is the intelligent approach you have taken. I'm also impressed at the restraint you have demonstrated. Really, really nice. It's one of those paintings that makes me want to say "I wish I had done that!"
ersi Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks so much! You took a really close look and I'm flattered. It was a lot of work but also one of the paintings that have given me more satisfaction. Thanks again :aww:
PatrickHickey Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
ersi Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :aww:
Madeleinchen Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
I´m really impressed... This drawing looks incredibly real! But in an other way as usual photorealistic drawings. The colours and the structure of the paper match so well!
... I still can´t believe that you really drew the necklace and her dress... Makes me speechless.
Leelas-Sketches Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2010
GORGEOUS i cant describe it any better because im not entirely sure how to describe things haha :) great job
ersi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
"Gorgeous" is fine, thank you very much! :giggle:
FedersStrich Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Writer
How did you do this?
It´s awesome!:thumbsup:
ersi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Professional General Artist
Tea-stained paper, watercolour, soft pastels and ink! Thank you! :hug:
FedersStrich Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010  Professional Writer
Thanks for explaining:hug:
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