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Dinner at the Thornton's by olde-fashioned Dinner at the Thornton's by olde-fashioned
*gasp* Not a wallpaper?! lol. ;P

This is a sketch I did to try and visualize a gown of Margaret Hale's that she wears to the Thornton's dinner party in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South. The film changed the color of her gown from white to green, and eliminated her jewelry almost entirely, so I wanted to see what she might have looked like as envisioned by EG. :-)

Drawn in pencil with the description in mind :reading: :bookdiva: and colored in GIMP, I used a few fashion books as inspiration for the bodice, mostly for the shape of the neckline and the position of the (piped!) seams. The necklace I forgot to draw so I GIMP'd one on her, lol. I'm not sure if the skirt is too "Disney princess" or not, but at least it looks better than the other drawings I trashed.

Oh, and this is one of my few attempts at actually coloring something using the computer and not my colored pencils...so I apologize for the lack of skill!! I also put a paper texture over this, too.

The quotes are from Chapter 20 of the book, but the smilies are mine because I simply could not resist. ;-)

"Margaret's black hair was too thick to be plaited; it needed rather to be twisted round and round, and have its fine silkiness compressed into massive coils, that encircled her head like acrown, and then were gathered into a large spiral knot behind. She kept its weight together by two large coral pins, like small arrows for length. Her white silk sleeves were looped up with strings of the same material, and on her neck, just below the base of her curved and milk-white throat, there lay heavy coral beads."

..."He [Mr. Thornton] shook hands with Margaret. :handshake: He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact. :innocent: He inquired after Mrs. Hale, :faint: and heard Mr. Hale's sanguine, hopeful account; :faq: and glancing at Margaret, to understand how far she agreed with her father, he saw that no dissenting shadow crossed her face. :flirty: And as he looked with this intention, he was struck anew with her great beauty. :shocked: He had never seen her in such dress before :drool: and yet now it appeared as if such elegance of attire was so befitting her noble figure and lofty serenity of countenance, that she ought to go always thus apparelled." :heart:
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sesebella Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sooooo noce! I'm going to sew a dress so similar to your idea. I'll show you the photos..!
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LouieLovell Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
I adore North and South, and even though I like the adaptation I did miss her white dress. I think you drew it perfectly.
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Sile0Enis Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Beautiful, beautiful rendition of Margaret's dress from the novel. I also love the quote and the emoticons, that cracked me up.
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Doodle-Buggins Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
This is lovely and its how I imagine Margaret to look from the book! I was dissapointed that in the BBC adaptation Maragarets hair wasnt black, which is something that always stood our for me in North and South!
xox
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
I didn't mind the hair color (it was dark enough to be "close"), so much as not getting the white dress with coral beads. ;P
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MissSunflower Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2009
heheh I love reading that quote with the smilies, it really adds something, don't you think? ;) lol.
I love this picture, her dress in particular has such life, I'm saving it partly because of the folds! :D
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
I had fun doing it! ;-)

Thank you! :D
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photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008   Photographer
beautiful dress, again, I really like it. And the smilies you put to that excerpt from the book are beyond hilarious. :rofl:
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:iconolde-fashioned:
olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008
Heheh, I had a blast doing that. ;P Smilies are so much fun! :D
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photos4ever23 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2008   Photographer
Hahaha, yes, that they are!
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nakiry Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008
I didn't know you drew at all! And :heart: That's really beautiful! It seems that anything, any art you do is wonderful, isn't it? ;) I loved this one. She's very beautiful, indeed. You really knew how to draw her as it was described on the book! Her face is so sweet, I liked the eyes very much. Her hair is awesome too, you did it exactly how I imagined when I read the quote! I loved the gloves, and the dress is just incridble! Really, wonderful! The details are amazing, very elegant, indeed! Really, that's very beautiful! I want to see more drawings of yours (and wallpapers too, of course! ) :giggle: I loved the smilies there, they are hilarious and it really matches with the text! The colors are beautiful too, they gave life to the character! X3 I wanted to speak more English, then I could express myself better, but I hope a favorite can do it!
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2008
Aww, thank you! :D And yes, I do draw. Quite often in fact! (obviously, ha ha...) And you're very sweet to say that. :-)

I do plan on posting more of my scribblings, as soon as I can round them up and upload them, etc. ;-) Thank you for the interest!

You express yourself very well in English, I think. :D
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nakiry Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
And your drawings are wonderful, indeed! Oh, I want so much to see the new drawings and wallpapers you posted! I'm so sorry that I didn't comment on them yet! That's because I've just finished 2 weeks of tests (finally, hehe :giggle:) I was sleeping very late and I didn't have time to use the computer! But now it's over, thanks God X3

And you don't have to thank me for the comment nor the interest! It's impossible not to be interested with your art! ;)I love all your drawings and wallpapers, and it's a huge pleasure to have the opportunity to see them! And Oh, thank you so much! I'm happy that my english is improving. I think these conversations I have with you and with other DA's friends who speak english are helping me a lot! Thank you, for everything! :hug:
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Thank you! And more computer time is always a good thing...right? ;P

You're really are too kind!! :D :blush:
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nakiry Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2008
Nah, no, I'm not! X3 ~ And you're welcome, really! Oh, I would love to have more time to use the computer too! More important than that, I wish I had more time to see my DA... >_< I have so many tests and homeworks at school:P Those are times when we wish to have a robot that would go to school instead of ourselves! I'd love it so much :giggle: God, I need time to rest XDDDD
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2008
LOL, I used to wish for a clone of myself, or a twin, who would do all my schoolwork. ;P But then that wouldn't make us very smart, I'm afraid!
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nakiry Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2008
Yes! I think that's better :giggle: People would suspect if they saw a robot going to school instead of me LOL XD If we only had a clone machine. ;) Yes, unfortunately that's true. We need to do schoolwork. If we only were born knowing everything hehe. :XD:
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008
But then what fun would learning be? We'd all be know-it-alls! ;P
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serene-topaz Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how it looks reminiscent of a vintage fashion plate. Lovely as always. :) Hope to see more drawn artwork from you.
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Oh, yay, thank you -- I love fashion plates!! I'll take that as a compliment. :boogie:

Thank you! I think perhaps I will. :-)
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mikepalomino Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
This is really a beautiful piece. Simple yet very charming and lively. Excellent choice of colors. I think for an early attempt at digital color you've done very well for yourself. I look forward to seeing more. = )
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thank you! Actually though the choice of colors isn't mine, because Gaskell says "white" and coral beads. ;-)
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fedoragirl Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
so so pretty!

I love the folds of her skirt! :D
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thank you!

I worked hard on those stupid things, lol. ;-)
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midenian-lostie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
I LOVE it!!!!!! She's so cute! And pretty! And the dress is lovely! *bounces*
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thank you very much! :-D I'm glad that you like it!! I was hoping you would. :-)
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Lady-Lovelace Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2008
beautiful! it's simple but so elegant...
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olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008
Thank you! :-D
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