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Lord and Lady Beckett by cardinalbiggles Lord and Lady Beckett by cardinalbiggles
You may or may not know this, but I have quite an affinity for 18th century portraiture, so I thought hey, why not have a go at drawing Beckett and Isadora the way they'd look if they'd had a portrait made? So here is the result, awful as it is.

They're both doing odd gestures with their hands because that seems to have been a popular artistic method of the time period. Seriously, ever notice how people in 18th century portraits are usually pointing at nothing or making weird hand gestures?

Background is my attempt at a Gainsborough-esque landscape. EPIC FAIL. X.X

Beckett (c) Disney
Isadora (c) Me
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JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty!!!
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XxNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
i wonder how she would look irl -gasp-
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner May 29, 2010
that lady must be Super Midget to be shorter than Beckett.
Beckett is short ^_^
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is shorter than him, but she's not that short.
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner May 30, 2010
beckett's a small man...^_^
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner May 31, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He is short, yes.
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AgentMercer Featured By Owner May 31, 2010
indeed.
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XxNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
awwww i just love this pic plz cotinue the story ^^ i cant stop stare at him hes so hot :3 <3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it, but I don't think I'll be continuing the story anytime soon, sorry to say.
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XxNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
awwwww :'( why?? maybe i ask to much for some reason it feels like that o_O lol but still anyway i love this story or it maybe gets to intensive or that thing idk awww ok but even if its relly manny stories i can read anyway
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no, you're not asking for too much. I just don't feel inspired enough to finish it, I'm sorry to say. I might continue it someday, but I just can't say when that might be.
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XxNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2009
mmmm ok .... but you will continue it someday thats good d(^_^)b
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horsewhisper3 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009
Did u write this story on fanfiction? and whats it called?
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No I don't have a FanFiction.net account, so it's not posted there. But it is here in my gallery on dA and on my LiveJournal too. It's called "A Most Unsuitable Match."
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horsewhisper3 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2009
Well if you get it on fanfiction can you let me know? I love beckett,even though he's a arrogant bastered!
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18thcenturyclub Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
wow her dress is really something. :)
Lovely patterns.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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rum-inspector Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She's telling how babies are made.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:

Oh Lord, I didn't do that on purpose! She's really just supposed to be making a random hand gesture, not pointing at...erm, yeah. *coughs*

Then again, maybe that's the reason why Beckett is gesturing off to the side. He might be hinting at going somewhere more private to...well...you know. ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice drawing! I like how you did the patterns on the clothes. Lady Beckett does indeed look very cross. Is she from a fanfic you're writing?

I know what you mean about the random hand gestures. I think most of them were supposed to be symbolic, or to show off how mannered and graceful the subjects were, or something. I've stared at so much Gainsborough for so long my own characters are often doing the same kind of random gesturing...
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Yes, she looks cross because her husband tends to aggravate her a great deal. ;) And yes, she is from a fic I have planned that may or may not ever be written. I'm great at thinking up ideas but I'm awful at writing them down...

Yes, I'd say you're right about the gestures. That's probably the reason for them. And hey, there's nothing wrong with staring at lots of Gainsborough! I do the same thing myself. I love his art like whoa. One of my favorite artists, if not my absolute favorite. :D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I know how that is- I have a billion ideas and I never seem to get around writing half of 'em. Hopefully you'll be able to write it down someday... your pictures are so much fun to look at!

So, how did Isadora meet Beckett in the first place? I bet that's quite a story.... :)
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I hope so. But I'm sure there'll be more pictures in the interim, so I'm glad you like them!

Well, their marriage is arranged, so it's not that involved of a story, really. But their actual first meeting is rather amusing (to me, anyway). Basically it involves a scene at a ball in which Beckett annoys the heck out of Isadora, and then she finds out later that she's going to be stuck being married to him. See, the thing is, Beckett knows exactly who he is going to marry because Isadora's father arranged the marriage with him. Isadora on the other hand, has no idea who she's going to be ending up with because her father doesn't tell her until a very short time before the actual wedding. So Beckett being Beckett, he would most likely want to, shall we say, check out his "merchandise" before "purchasing" it, and since Isadora doesn't know who he is, Beckett has a bit of sport at her expense at this particular ball. She thinks he's just some creepy stranger paying her unwanted attention, when in fact he's just sizing her up to see what sort of a woman she is. And now you can see why she tends to look upset most of the time in my pictures. It's not that she doesn't like him (believe me, she does. Quite a lot, actually...). It's that she never wants to admit that she likes him. And Beckett knows this, which gets her even more irritated.

(Sorry, that was rather long-winded!)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That sounds quite cool, actually. I actually checked out the Fanfiction.net POTC archives to see if there were any Beckett/OC stories similar to yours... and I couldn't find any. It was all like, Elizabeth or Norrington's younger sister getting hitched to Beckett, or something like that, which makes me wonder when the younger (but yet more beautiful) sister of Arwen is going to show up. An arranged marriage with some unrelated girl back in England sounds far more plausible for the time period.

This means you have to write your story, you know! At least write up this first scene at the ball, because it sounds like it would be really fun to read.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the encouragement! I might get around to at least writing that scene, because I have it quite well-planned out, as you can tell. ;)

Oh gosh, don't start me on any of THOSE kind of OC stories. Sorry but I'm not big on the so-and-so's relative hooking up with a canon character scenario...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You should write it, since you've whetted my appetite for a good Beckett/OC story now! :)

I remember, there was one particularly awful Beckett/Norry's sister story where it was set in-- get this-- 1892.

//headdesk
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's worse than the time a few weeks ago when I read a news blurb about "The Duchess" on MTV's movies blog and it said Keira Knightley was going "full-on Victorian." I wanted to beat my head against the keyboard after reading that. But then, that was MTV. You can't expect them to know the difference between Georgian and Victorian...
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, I should. I'll have to start brainstorming...

Egads, seriously? 1892? *much faceplaming*
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Lady-Beckett Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008
This is BEAUTIFUL. :) I just started my art program; VERY hard. But you make it look so easy! :D SO favouriting this. <3
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm flattered! :D
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Lady-Beckett Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008
WOOPWOOP! It's my pleasure, Biggles! :D
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SunriseSets Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Awful? WTF?! That dress and the scenery is STUNNING.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thanks. I'm just not too pleased with that background...
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Epic fail? Uh, no. This is not failure! This is AWEsomeness!

I love their expressions and the hand gestures. We were actually talking the other day in history about how family portraits in the 1900s seemed to revolve around chairs...You know, sitting in them, putting your hands on the back of it...
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hee hee, no I didn't mean the whole thing was epic fail. Just the background. I'm quite proud of how Beckett and Isadora turned out. :D

And you're right. Sitting in/standing around chairs does seem to be the common element of turn of the century portraits...
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panzergal Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Wow... I love this pic- it looks gorgeous, especially the details on Beckett's vest and his wife's dress :) Great work and thanks for sharing!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad to hear you like it!
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ArchiCrash Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Maybe its just me, but Lady Beckett rarely looks happy...
Man, you went all out on coloring this one. And just look at the size of that dress...
...And actually, the far background looks like it is deliberately blurr for distance. So maybe you can build on that concept.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heh, yes she tends to look quite upset most of the time. It's because she has such a love/hate relationship with her husband. ;)

Thanks! I really wanted the coloring to look nice, so I'm glad I succeeded. :D

And yes, the far background is deliberately blurred for distance. But even so, I'm still not pleased with it.
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Gekster Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
Wow! That looks wonderful and very sleek like. :) Especially like how the hands are actually 'telling a story' even if they are not doing much. And their expressions ofcourse, and that beautifully detailed dress! And all right, Beckett's own suit very much too!

:3 Nice!!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why thank you! :D
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xNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
O_OMG thats so cool as usal i love it ^_^!!!!!
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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xNaTTaxD Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008
i cant stop stare at him O///O
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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Dance-of-Dragons Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Looks awesome!:highfive:
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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AlexLoup Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
Lovely costumes.

I noticed the random pointing. It's not just the 18th century. There are some nice random pointing during the 19th century.
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cardinalbiggles Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!

And yes, you're right. I have seen some random pointing in 19th century portraits too.
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Spacebabie Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Holy cow I love the patterns on his waistcoast and her dress.
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