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Sprezzatura by Elf5 Sprezzatura by Elf5
There is absolutely no reason for this piece other than I wanted to draw Renaissance dresses. I've been watching "the Borgias" with Cloudy and we LOVE it. Aside from getting caught up in all the unhealthy family drama and the brilliance of the cinematography, it reminded me how much I love drawing period clothes. This was so much fun to draw, even with the girl in white and red's dress almost killing me. (It was originally gold and blue, but that reminded me so much of my old high school I resolved to change it, which turned out to be a painfully slow exercise in trial and error)

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Anyone who can tell me what the title of this piece means and why it's both appropriate and funny, gets a cookie. Cloudy, you can't play bc I'm pretty sure you know.
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:iconmessie-block:
Messie-Block Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
the Borgias rule ! I love them too <3 great job.
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Thank you! I an dieing for the next season!
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KiraRavenLupin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the dresses and the motion in this piece! I have no clue what Sprezzatura means, however. It sounds like a musical term to me, but, somehow, I'm doubting I'm right on that. You and Cloudy make it sound like something questionably funny. Lolz.
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Thanks! No, it's isn't musical or dirty. Sprezzatura is something very positive and Italian.
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KiraRavenLupin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Like food? o.0 Lolz.
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Eheheh No, not food.
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KiraRavenLupin Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm stumped, then. I guess I'll go Google it. XP
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Yes, Google it. It will come up.
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KiraRavenLupin Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha! :XD: I think we all practice Sprezzatura!
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
I know right? I want to import this word into English! It's so beautiful and fun to say! And the meaning is great! We don't have a word for that in English!
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vam-vam Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
this is awesome! you did an exelnt job!
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank you! I'm pretty proud of this one. I love designing a drawing costumes!
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vam-vam Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
You did an exelent job! They look amazing!
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
Thank you!
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Savvy-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
thisssss...is amazing.
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:iconelf5:
Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
Thank you!
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LadyTzatziki Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice! love the dresses :)
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
Thank you!
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kitami-kiyoshi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Awesome work!

You know I love it when you break into design. :3 The amount of detail is, as always, astounding. :thumbsup:

Sprezzatura, indeed. LOL
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
I just wanted to draw something pretty. I love the coral and gold dress. The sleeves and the pearl netting, I was so pleased with it.

*chuckle* I knew you would know what spressatura meant! lol
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rinkuji-chan666 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my goodness this is absolutely/stunningly beautiful! :D :heart:
I REALLY love the dresses. The girl on the right's is very nice with all the color involved, and I adore those sleeves on Renaissance dresses. But the girl on the left's dress is just gorgeous, the black, red, and white look very nice. :D
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Thank you! I actually like the coral and gold better, but the white and black turned out well. It was a lot of trouble - it started out gold and blue and it looked really bad!
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rinkuji-chan666 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I do love the coral and gold one, it's QUITE beautiful but I have a thing for basic colored stuff. :) That and reds mixed in, I love red dresses. They can be sexy and sophisticated at the same time. ;)
Oh my, gold and blue sounds pretty cool, what made it turn out bad?
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
Well, I suppose I wouldn't have disliked the gold and blue so much if it didn't remind me of my high school colors.
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rinkuji-chan666 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh haha =P
Mine are black and red with white trim, which is not why I like that dress. haha I just happen to like those colors, and my school wasn't SO terrible that I despise the colors now, and my college colors are the same. haha
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
My college colors are burgundy and white, which is much better!
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rinkuji-chan666 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh nice! :)
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Haruka--chan Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great scott! I thought that was a photograph! 0.o

BEAUTIFUL work, m'dear! I wish I knew what the title meant.... >.>
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Thank you! I had fun with this.
lol Watch the Borgias and you'll understand.
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Haruka--chan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!

And cool! What channel is it on?
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Elf5 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
It's on Starz, but you can find the full episodes on youtube in pretty good quality. That's where I watched it.
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Haruka--chan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool, thanks! ^^
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