*gasp* Not a wallpaper?! lol.
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
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. He knew it was the first time their hands had met, though she was perfectly unconscious of the fact. He inquired after Mrs. Hale, and heard Mr. Hale's sanguine, hopeful account; and glancing at Margaret, to understand how far she agreed with her father, he saw that no dissenting shadow crossed her face. And as he looked with this intention, he was struck anew with her great beauty. He had never seen her in such dress before 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."