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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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:iconamtrak:
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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:iconfruit-sauvage:
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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