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Mr. and Mrs. Pea by Hanami-Mai Mr. and Mrs. Pea by Hanami-Mai
"Oh, take a glimpse... There goes young Mrs. Pea and that garish husband of hers...!"
"It's most surprising a fine, seemly girl like her would be charmed by such flamboyant gentleman..."
"Gentleman? That I seriously doubt!"
...Mrs. Pea always overheard that sort of convesation from the old crow ladies in town... She didn't mind it, thou. Was her beloved eventually going to break her heart? ...Or, just as she deeply knew, behind those extravagant manners there was a much greater heart that others would imagine?


...Haha, making up that little "regency-romance" backstory was as fun as drawing this! I blame listening to BBC's "Emma" and "Pride & Prejudice" OSTs nonstop during the whole process of painting this piece... :flirty:
Fun times, for sure. And such a lovely time period, fashion-wise!

So, the concept came after I saw a number of peafowl-inspired artwork and tought - those fancy dresses are surely beautiful, but... they're all inspired by peacocks ! And beign a dress a lady's outfit... shouldn't it have a peahen's look? Subtle and brown-ish? Peafowl-wise, the jewel-shiny blue/green would be technically just for the boys! Yes, I know it's a picky idea - but it sounded interesting! So, voilá! A "gender-correct" rendition of a peafowl couple!

From the beginning, I had a little trouble finding an historical period were the male outfits were naturally more gaudy than female... and finally, Regency seemed to fit quite nicely! By the way, from lineart to colors, Mr. Pea took me about 3 times longer to finish than Mrs. Pea, which I guess proves the drawing to be fitting to the theme I wanted. lol
This was supposed to have a background, but... eh. These two looked so cute they asked for a simple bg to make them more visible (specially Mr. Pea). Playing with shading different materials was surely fun (velvet, satin, leather, brass, gold brocade, lapidated gems...) and I finally seem to have made peace with hair shading! Yay! Look as Mrs. Pea lovely, non-boring curls!


:rose: Work in progress and detail shots from the many, many details are posted in my blog: [link] :rose:


Textures and patterns used do not belong to me.
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:iconcaitlinintheclouds:
caitlinintheclouds Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
1800 i suppose?
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Edited Dec 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, exactly around that time. :nod:
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:iconcaitlinintheclouds:
caitlinintheclouds Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
era of beauty i love it
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:iconinsanity-pillz:
insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Student General Artist
I adore the attire of this period~<3
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Me too! I really love what empire cut dresses make of one's sillouette. And the male's garments were so elegant! ^^
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:iconinsanity-pillz:
insanity-pillz Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student General Artist
:la: choir 
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:iconkatyarose:
KatyaRose Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely adorable. :)
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^
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:icondebbysh:
Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Hi dear :)
you have been featured in my journal: [link]

By the way.. I'm still searching pieces for the second part of the collection.
Do you have any other picture of a man wearing a coat or a waistcoat? If you link it to me if you want it featured ^^
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you! :aww:
Unfortunally, this is all I got for now, but I'm very glad for the feature!

You chose such beautiful other pictures, btw! ^^
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:icondebbysh:
Debbysh Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Thank you ^^
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:iconthetame:
TheTame Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
I love the concept here. I've always had a similar reaction to peacock themed dresses. Yay for gender-correct outfits!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the peacock-dress "problem". Lol ;P
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shadowhood100 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
oh, wow! it looks so gorgeous!
there should be more of a story behind this! :D
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you very much! ^_^
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:iconart-fashion-history:
Art-Fashion-History Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013
Oooooohhhhh!!! It's sooooo pretty!!!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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:iconkiuslady:
KiusLady Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This turned out quite lovely!!
Yes, though I also do love drawing ladies in flamboyant peacock themed colors, I too have found it a bit silly since it *is* the male bird those colors come from.
Very nice choice of theme :)
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
Yes, peacock dresses are beautiful, no matter if "technically" innacurate. Being "picky" with gender just seemed like a fun concept to explore. XD
I'm glad you like the theme! I was thinking of drawing it for a while, I'm glad I've finally managed to do it (after quite a few failed sketches). ^^
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Jkcrystal2 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Artist
Wow this is so beautiful and amazing.
Did you draw this picture?
Great job <3
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yes, I drew this.
Thank you very much! ^^
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:iconmu-cheer-girl:
MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is awesome!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconarindessa:
arindessa Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
I really like the concept for this! And the art is beautiful, as always!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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:icontsukinekoi:
Tsukinekoi Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's so beautiful!
I love you corrected the world and showed browinsh dresses are elegant and dignified!

Mr. Pea's flamboyant-ness (?) is WIN!
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:iconhanami-mai:
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe, thank you very much! ^^
And I agree with you, brownish clothes can be lovely! :heart:
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