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28 May 2012 @ 10:58 pm
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Crawley Family Portraits.
This is my set for round 19 at 20inspirations. I've gone with portraiture as my overall theme, so these have been inspired by styles such as the Grand Manner and artists like Thomas Gainsborough and Joshua Reynolds, moving towards gratuitous Edwardian glamour inspired by John Singer Sargent. I've used actual paintings as backgrounds on nearly all of these, and listed their artists/titles in the absurdly pretentious notes. ♥

1-5
6-10
11-15
16-20


01. I spent a while trying to find some good interior portraits to use as backgrounds for Violet, because clearly she'd never approve of gadding around in fields to get her portrait painted. This one is Mrs Edward L. Goetz by John Singer Sargent.
02. Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos.
03. Catherine, Lady Bampfylde by Joshua Reynolds. This looks less painted then I planned, but I tried to make Cora's portrait queenly and stately but also warm and autumnal, and all the more painted-looking ones I made for her were oversaturated messes, so I chose this one instead.
04. Mrs Ralph Curtis by John Singer Sargent. I totally failed at making this look painted, but JSS' portraits kind of look like Vogue fashion shoots for Edwardian aristocrats, so... still some inspiration there?
05. I made this before I got into a classic painting + Downton Abbey groove, but I'm still pretty happy with how painted it looks so I put it in the set. Text is from The Dinner Party by Amy Lowell.
06. Lady Charlotte, Countess Talbot by Joshua Reynolds. I wanted to make something dramatic and passionate for Mary to contrast with the next icon, so this happened. With a statue of Athena in the background to ~symbolise Mary being the fiercest of them all, basically.
07. Empress Elisabeth by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. I ♥ Elisabeth and Mary for having these cool, porcelain facades concealing all their layers and complexities, so I enjoyed making this one.
08. The Hon. Mrs Thomas Graham by Thomas Gainsborough. Text from Last Lines by Emily Bronte.
09. Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth. Poor Edith, all dressed up and nowhere to go in a teeny miniature portrait frame.
10. Clarissa by John Everett Millais.
11. Philip Sansom, Jun., as a Child by Richard Westall.
12. Ophelia by John Everett Millais. I wanted Edith's portraits to be mostly about blooming in the darkness, so gloomy tragic Shakespearian flora all round.
13. Landscape: Sheep in a Woodland Glade by Thomas Gainsborough.
14. Classical Landscape by George Lambert.
15. The Brown Boy by Thomas Gainsborough.
16. Juliana, Lady Petre by Thomas Gainsborough. Sybil's portraits are all meant to be woodsy and fresh and dreamy, but apparently she is the most difficult Crawley sister to icon for me. D:
17. Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour by John Singer Sargent.
18. The Earl of Dalhousie by John Singer Sargent. Some neo-classical loftiness for Matthew. I wasn't sure about using decorative text because I thought it would either balance the icon or be very HELL YEAH I'M BRINGING BACK 2005, but eventually I went with Perseus by Sylvia Plath in honour of Matthew and Mary's epic mythological snark.
19. Jane Elizabeth, Countess of Oxford by John Hoppner. This was my attempt at a tinted, gothic kind of portrait inspired by the ES Magazine shoot.
20. A Subject From the Runic Superstitions JMW Turner. Also inspired by the artwork for A Little Night Music, because the hazy Edwardian romantic limbos seemed perfect for Matthew/Mary.


Alts & Extras.
21-24


21. Variant on 05, because I couldn't settle on a poem; text is from Opal by Amy Lowell.
22. The Hon. Mrs Thomas Graham by Thomas Gainsborough.
23. Mrs Ralph Curtis by John Singer Sargent.
24. Lady Georgiana, Lady Henrietta Frances and George John Spencer, Viscount Althorp by Angelica Kauffmann.

 
 
 
elysium_22: A Captured Momentelysium_22 on May 28th, 2012 10:15 pm (UTC)
♥ Gorgeous work!!! ♥

Favourites= 1, 3, 13, 16-18
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
a_thari: spart: lucretia/Ilythiaa_thari on May 28th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
Incredible work!! Faves are: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15 and taking 16.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 05:51 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked them. :D
Ellieerzsebet on May 28th, 2012 10:34 pm (UTC)
I HAVE BEEN WAITING SO IMPATIENTLY TO FIND OUT WHO MADE 7 SINCE SEEING IT AT ANON_ICON. o3o

Uh, wow. Just WOW. I may end up snagging nearly every one of these icons, they're all so gorgeous!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:26 am (UTC)
I was pretty nervous about 7, so I'm glad you liked it. :D

Thank you & enjoy!
Shawnalongerthanwedo on May 28th, 2012 10:41 pm (UTC)
Ohhhhhhhh so gorgeous! The theme is wonderful and perfectly executed. I really love these.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Yolanda: Fire and bloodyoli_19 on May 28th, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
oh my god, this icons are really a piece of art, just pretty...<3333
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
rude gus: film » glinda & dorothyfancifull on May 28th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
Really stunning idea, and they turned out excellent! I love the ones that look most like real paintings, 1, 3, 7, 12, 15, 17
AMAZING work, wow
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you think the painting look turned out okay. ♥
buñuelos 。◉ ㅂ ◉。pamkips on May 28th, 2012 11:13 pm (UTC)
HOLY SHIT THESE ARE RIDICULOUSLY STUNNING. W O W. WOW. WOW.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Thank you, I'm glad you liked them. :D
bepsi queen (◡‿◡✿)scoobyatemysnax on May 28th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
these are PERFECTION ♥

i've been wondering who made 7 and now me and the gang can go back home with the mystery machine :P
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
A.: LoTS: yellowbrasaremean on May 28th, 2012 11:30 pm (UTC)
wow!
i can't think of anything more articulate to say. these are AMAZING. each and every is a little piece of artwork.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:15 am (UTC)
Thank you, glad you liked! ♥
Robyncakes: da/ I need to do something usefulbitterbird on May 28th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
these are really amazing, fantastic job!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:04 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
jørgenvetica on May 29th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
Amazing!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:18 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D
Y'all already know thathauntes on May 29th, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
These are seriously so neat! GORGEOUS!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Kimhammil77 on May 29th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
These are beyond incredible! I love all your thoughts behind them too. I'll likely be snagging a bunch, will credit when used.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! I spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about how I wanted to do this theme, so I'm really glad you like them and all the tl;dr. :D
She was mean and she had seashells in her hair!: downton ♦ carve her namedollsome on May 29th, 2012 04:06 am (UTC)
Oh lord, these are stunning! Gorgeous, gorgeous work. I can't even pick a favorite.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm glad you liked them. :D
outoftime: COMM // Jeffoutoftime on May 29th, 2012 04:28 am (UTC)
You did such an amazing job with this challenge - well done!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:20 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, glad you liked them. :D
That's a French-ass name, Nicolette!mancalahour on May 29th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Um. WOW. W.O.W. Holy crap. HOW DID YOU DO THE LIGHTING?! I MUST KNOWWWW.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:28 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! Lots and lots of black and white layers, mostly - I saved psds for most of these if you want to look at any. ♥
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Eleonora: Natalia Vodianova_veronique on May 29th, 2012 05:13 am (UTC)
AMAZING work! The set is beautiful <3
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:07 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Apple in Decay.: tv ◊ downton abbey » {lady grantham}appleindecay on May 29th, 2012 06:24 am (UTC)
These are PERFECTION. My favorites? 1-24. Seriously this whole batch is just perfect.
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, I'm glad you liked them. ♥
Devoted driver750virago on May 29th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
Gorgeous work #15 are my fav!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Thank you! ♥
Julie: Downton Abbey - Sybiljulie_izumi on May 29th, 2012 07:33 am (UTC)
Awesome work! They all look gorgeous and are like little pieces of art!

Edited at 2012-05-29 07:34 am (UTC)
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:09 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, glad you liked them. :D
DJ ROOMBA: DOWNTON | casually crueldelarges on May 29th, 2012 07:34 am (UTC)
the mary icons omggggg i die
Like a ghost she glimmers on: [DA] Porcelain heartrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:12 am (UTC)
ngl, Mary is basically my queen. Thank you so much, I hope I did her justice. :D
a random javascript function: dany negspace yellowjsfunction on May 29th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
Omfg, these are so perfect! They really do look like paintings but in a really classy subtle way. And the lighting is just stunning :OOO 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, and the whole last row are my favorites but these actually look the best as a whole I think, sort of like a gallery, cause the style is so cohesive :)

great job!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked them. :D
the_silverdoe on May 29th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
WOW. Snagging 17, but they're all perfect. ♥
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you so much, enjoy! ♥
Nastya: Ian Somerhalder II Vampire teethnastyakireeva on May 29th, 2012 01:07 pm (UTC)
I don't watch this show, but your icons are STUNNING. Best interpretation of the theme. Amazing!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:22 am (UTC)
Thank you, glad you liked them!
fourouxfouroux on May 29th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
wow, fantastic outcome!
Like a ghost she glimmers onrosedamask on May 30th, 2012 06:13 am (UTC)
Thank you! :D