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This was an interesting piece for me to do, since it presented me with several technical challenges.

The first problem was that ships are not my strong point so I had to do some homework getting a feel for 18th century naval design.

The second problem was once I had done my homework I realized I was presented with a technical and compositional problem. The usually amount of ropes and lines present around a bowsprit mast of this size would usually hide or least block the view of our sweet Rosemary. Therefore I had to create an entirely bogus bowsprit that gave the impression of looking right while still allowing a clear view of the figure.

The third problem involved Rosemary's dress. I had to rely on Smudge :iconsmudgedragon: heavily to help me interpret what the fashion plates in historical costumes books were trying to show concerning the dress construction and how they would interact with her figure. Finally there was the little detail of the dress itself. This dress is not based exactly on any particular historical dress. Instead it represents what many people think, and what many today men wish, women wore in the 18th century. I referred to this design as the Bodice Ripper MKI dress while I was working on the project.

It is a fairly large piece for my work. Image size being about 16"x24" and it is done in my usual colored pencil, marker pen, technical pen, and gouache on vellum surface Bristol Board.
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:iconmfruitproductionsltd:
MFruitProductionsLTD Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
:aww: You're very talented
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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AMTRAK Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013
Nice one here.
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IndigoMystiere Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Lovely dress.Heart 
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K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Rosemary looks very beautiful here.Heart Heart Heart Heart 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, she is a very pretty skunk.
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Fruit-Sauvage Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woaw, very nice tradi 0__0!
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madbadger42 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
My fave of all Rosemary's poses... Well right behind I may be wet but my Martini is dry...
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Caerdwyn Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
The first problem was that ships are not my strong point so I had to do some homework getting a feel for 18th century naval design.

...but... you can't see her navel.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Cue sad trombone sound effect.
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ardashir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
That is indeed one great figure. And I love that 'bodice ripper' dress. Rosie looks great in it!
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
I'm sure Rosemary wouldn't mind (the check for) posing in such a costume, as it looks to have been designed to flatter her figure more than be historically accurate. (She might have trouble breathing in the kind of costume "proper" ladies of the period wore.) And the skirts would help hide whatever was rigged to help her stay on that bowsprit.

Ah, but it's the juxtaposition of model and figurehead, so there's plenty of room for artistic license. ("Oh captain, what message are you trying to send with a figurehead of a buxom, nude, female skunk? 'Come closer' or 'stay away'?" :) )
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I seem to remember her saying there was several hidden safety straps attached to the back of the dress so she could not accidentally fall of the bowsprit during the photo shoot.
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EarlMcClaw Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Not without losing the dress -- which is a temptation in its own right (for the viewer).
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting period piece there... And as a former sailor (tho on much more modern ships) I can't see any flaws with it offhand (save that you usually wouldn't be able to see through the superstructure like that, would make it a sinking hazard).

- Polecat
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
(save that you usually wouldn't be able to see through the superstructure like that, would make it a sinking hazard).

The funny thing is that is one period detail that I did keep. However I probably deleted half the number of ropes and lines that seem to common for a ship of this size from that period.
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Nice.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Onigiri 
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Say, is this just a picture for the sake of a picture, or did this happen in one of your dreamscapes? (It strikes me that Rosemary probably wouldn't mind her tits flashing the world on a ship like that... Especially if they were golden too!)
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
The piece is inspired by an image I saw of her in one of my dreams. It was in the Angel and Knight Prime dreamscape and it was photo op she posed for. The picture was used in a French travel magazine.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I see :P
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FlyingRam Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Love the corset!
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MiraKHall Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember seeing this from the AC Art Director some years ago when he commissioned me to do a piece for the 'Making History' theme that year when discussing 'appropriate content' ^^;  Personally, I liked this picture, even if it has titties (though the right breast seems a bit too off to my eyes in symmetry and how it's suppose to curve down a bit before curving upwards towards the nipple, but that's just me, I guess).
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Here's our Smudge, by the way: :iconsmudgedragon:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Fixed it.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Also.... touchier than usual subject.... Other than this, "Virtual Skunk" and "Have your cake and eat it too!" www.furaffinity.net/view/69094... I don't remember much in the way of full frontal nudity/nipples. Uncomfortable subject? Something you've chosen to do sparingly in order to not pigeonhole yourself? (And can I ask Petina and Jackie to do that on my next birthday? ;) )
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I have plenty of bare nipples in my work, but as a general rough rule I use the Vargas style of pinup for my work.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
You linked to the wrong Smudge there...

How fond are you of sacrificing historical accuracy in favor of "looking cool"? Are you as strict with avoiding it as you are with firearms?

Also, I snorted at "Bodice Ripper MKI". :iconteheplz: Whoever would rip that dress off Rosie's body deserves a good kick in the walnuts.
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
How fond are you of sacrificing historical accuracy in favor of "looking cool"? Are you as strict with avoiding it as you are with firearms?

If the project or client permits it I'll toss historical accuracy for looking cool. However it is fun at times to both make it look cool and be accurate at the same time, and I have discovered on several occasions that making the effort to try and get it right has helped sell the piece. Especially with individuals how are actually knowledgeable about the topic.
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Ognimod Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I sure wish a lot of steampunk out there was yours!
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Whoa awesome!
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