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A Portrait of Medieval Twins by Theophilia A Portrait of Medieval Twins by Theophilia
"A Portrait of Medieval Twins"
Finished December 30th, 2010
Oil on canvas
24x36 inches


This is my second attempt at using oils. I don't know how many references I used for this one. :XD: A fair number to be sure. :XD: Next time I try to do an oil painting, I'm getting better references. I had to make-up pretty much everything in this one. Hence, why the perspective on the chair is off, why nothing looks terribly real, I didn't have my twins modeling in front of a window (so I made up the light source behind them), etc. All in all, it doesn't look very realistic. :hmm: I worked SOOOO long on this though. All standing up (or kneeling down), over the course of several months, to be fair though, I didn't really work on it very much before. So when the due date (December 31st) was fast approaching, I finally plopped myself down, popped some CDs in the boom-box and painted. For hours. :XD: . I gave it to my friends on New Years Eve so I had to finish it up quickly.

I didn't really base any of the outfits on a particular time period. I kind of just came up with the dresses and accessories as I went along. :D The stained glass windows are representative of their symbols. Lots of roses. :D :rose: The shields behind them are their coat of arms. :D

This is a portrait I made of two very good friends of mine, all dressed up in medieval attire. ;-) It sadly doesn't really look like them, but portraits have NEVER been my strong suit. I find it easier to make up features rather than accurately portray what's already there. This is also my second oil painting ever, so be gentle. XD I suppose over all I'm fairly happy with it, but I have problems with it. It makes me want to redeem myself by painting another one. Maybe trying one from a photograph would be good. :D

And dang, it's hard to take photographs of pictures this big. :XD:
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:iconjapan112899:
japan112899 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
How did you do this? I wish I can paint like you on Canvas
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ehh...badly. :XD: I don't really know how to paint very well, and this was only my second oil piece ever. So...I kind of just winged it and crossed my fingers and hoped it would come out well. :XD:
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:iconmyworld1:
MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love their gowns!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awwww! Thanks! ^^
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:iconmyworld1:
MyWorld1 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconsaxonwithaxe:
SaxonwithAxe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is the one on the left a certain Tess?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes ma'am. ;-)

It doesn't look like her though. :(
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:iconsaxonwithaxe:
SaxonwithAxe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And yet I knew who she was, so...pah!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well....you do know them. ;-)
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:iconsaxonwithaxe:
SaxonwithAxe Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pah!
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ChanelAndLaurent Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
I love this!! Would it be okay if I brought the blue dress to life as a costume while listing you as the creator of it?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure! Wow! I'd be very flattered if you did! Would you mind sending me a link when you're done with it? I'd just love to see it. :D
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
They are so beautiful! I love their curly hair, the stained glass background and the details on their garments. I'm not a painter, but I know that oils and arcrylics can be very unforgiving if you make a mistake. You've done a beautiful job! :rose: :rose:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why, THANK YOU!! :iconilikeitplz: I'm not a very good painter, I've really only just started trying to learn painting techniques. The more I paint the more I realize I have TONS to learn. :XD: I'm more of a lineart kind of gal, so when it comes to thinking in terms of lighting and shadows instead of lines and shapes its quite challenging for me. :hmm: But I'm learning! (I hope. :D)
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CuteLala Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like the background :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :aww:
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2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're Welcome!
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:iconfaithhopeandlove:
FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Student General Artist
I love your lovely use of such vivacious coloring! :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww: I still feel as though coloring is not exactly my strong suit... :XD:
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:iconfaithhopeandlove:
FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011  Student General Artist
Most welcome!!! ^^ ^^
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
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:iconfaithhopeandlove:
FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
:hug:
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:iconelavoria:
elavoria Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the shading on the blue dress. I think the whole thing turned out well. :3 I like how you made the gold parts look so shiny.
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^ For the gold, I was kind of thinking about it as an after-thought. As in, "Oh hey, this doesn't look like gold. I should make this spiffier." :XD:
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:iconelavoria:
elavoria Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaha you're welcome!
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:iconfaetian:
FaeTian Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really beautiful!!! I love the colours and the detail! Well done!! :clap: :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :glomp: :hug:
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Hettie-Young Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011
Oils are dang difficult. This is a really good attempt!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well thank you!! :aww:

And yes they are, I love them, but they are tremendously difficult to use without any training or tips or whatnot. :hmm:
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haius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist
I lovelovelove the background. The windows look like they actually have light coming through them! :D I think the oils work well for the clothes, too, cuz those vibrant colors seem to glow with it.

Are your friends actually twins? THEY REALLY LOOK LIKE TWINS.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :iconiloveitplz: The windows are the only thing I really like about this. Maybe because that was where I could work in all of my beloved details. ;-) I really LOVE oils, but I need a lot more practice with them. My no means have I mastered them at all. But I'll tell you what, going to museums and seeing what th great masters have done really encourage me. Because then I can look at them up close and see how that really cool, realistic detail on a piece of clothing is really just a sneaky squiggle, etc. :D

Indeed, they are twins. :nod: (Just like my sister and I) :D
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:iconhaius:
haius Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist
I DID NOT KNOW YOU WERE A TWIN! Identical?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope. My sister and I look REALLY different. Well, not super different. You could tell we were sisters if we were standing next to each other, but our facial structures are very different.
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the windows! They are super-sumo-sweet! :w00t: :clap:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!! They are my favorite part too. ;-) Truly, the only redeeming quality. :XD: When I wanted to take a break from all the other frustrating parts of this, I was like, "I shall work on the stained glass now..." ;-)
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not the only redeeming quality...Come on, don't be too hard on yourself. I think it's pretty snazzy considering you don't have a lot of experience with oils. :D
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perhaps, but then again, after I finished it I went to a museum where I saw a bunch of masterpieces and I was like, "Okay, so THAT'S how you do these things..." :XD: Very helpful, but also sets the bar rather high, you know? :XD:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I simply can't fathom how "the greats" did it. In the case of someone like Bouguereau, there's not a SINGLE STINKIN' BRUSHSTROKE! And in the case of someone like Van Gogh, the paint is so thick that I can't figure out how he handled it (eating it besides).
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I KNOW!!! He's like...amazing. I've looked really close at two of his originials and there ARE brush strokes, but they are SOOO balanced and smooth and soft that you can barely tell. He's amazing. :nod:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's for sure. :wow:
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:iconmastermatso:
MasterMatso Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A bit like Marian from "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves". Great!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why, thank you!! :hug:
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:iconperplexville:
Perplexville Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
lovely work:]
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! ^^
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:iconperplexville:
Perplexville Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
no problem:>
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TomQuoVadis Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Pffft, it looks great! Don't beat yourself up too much.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, well thank you!! :aww: Well, beating oneself up is just part of the natural inner-critic. :XD: There are things I really need to work on if I want to get better at oils though. :hmm:
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TomQuoVadis Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's part of being an artist I guess. No one is more critical of your work than you, right?
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