Old Portraits of Young Men: Part Three

I’ve given examples here and here, but there are so many more! It’s time again for another installment of ‘men I probably would have slept with if I were alive in that century’. Since so many are unknown sitters, I’ll just tell you who painted them…

Hans Holbein. This sitter needs to lose the hat, then we can talk!

Paul Hoeckler. Oh my!

a monk by van Dyck.

Konstantin Andreyevich Somov

well hello there Kazimierz Pochwalski!

Eugene Delacroix

van Dyck again. I’m not a fan of the half-assed grown ‘stache, though. I’ll just look beyond it I suppose.

tough guy by Antonis Mor

Charles Dickens by Samuel Lawrence

Lose the wig buddy, and then you are a-ok in my book.

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Crappy reproduction of a Boris Kustodiev portrait of illustrator Bilibin. Why hello my dark Russian!

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“The Boxer” by Konstantine Somov. Enough said I think?

And there you have it. Who are your favorites?

It’s Actually Happening!

Pre-ordering is now live for my book on the Cooperative Press website! These will be available in December thru the usual outlets like Amazon, but I recommend getting in on the action early.

I’m happy to have just about everything in one place to share as one body of work, over 40 portraits, and putting together the family tree nearly made me cross-eyed. When you get it, you’ll see what I mean. There are actually quite a few characters that appear on the family tree that are yet to be painted! Looking through the layout, it strikes me this isn’t just an art book, but more of a fantasy/fiction novel with illustrations. I suppose it could go both ways — couldn’t it?

In case you were wondering, “Lady Justine” ended up as being chosen for the cover. You can view the whole press release here at Lee Joseph Publicity.

Help Me Choose The Cover!

Coming out this winter (fingers crossed) Cooperative Press will be publishing a limited edition book of my faux national portrait gallery. Otherwise known, as Kessa. This will include almost all of my portraits with their biographies, including a map, crests and their family trees.

I’m having trouble deciding on the cover image; I start to hate everything I’ve done after a while, my judgment is clouded, so I thought I’d have an open vote! Tell me which one you think should grace the cover?

Justine

The Mirresnsly Girls

Nayanna

Elizabetta the 2nd

Evangeline

Varuca

Margaret

Finally! She’s Finished!

“Nayanna, Countess of Luc” 11×14″


No bio yet, but she married Vlad, the Earl of Luc who is the son of her, and him. See I’m getting my fake family tree back in order here sort of. I have a feeling Vlad will be kind of a dork and that she gets a raw deal in the marriage department, actually. My imagination works funny that way.