Three portraits begin the series, and for them I've used a mix of contour and crosshatch inking.
All are inspired by contemporary portraits of the period.
Also, I've illustrated my own version of the Tudor Rose, here, with Henry VIII initials.
The signatures of Anne and Katherine are based on their own handwriting.
With Anne Boleyn, I feel like the deep set eyes and strong nose of the painting attributed to Holbein is the most lively version of Anne. Admittedly, the Holbein sketch may not even be of Anne, but other portraits show her stiff or sour, and I can't quite picture the real figure behind them. Scheming and cruel in her rise, she showed such bravery and composure in her death sentance that one can't deny her a share of respect. "The Most Happy" was her motto, and you'd have to think she regretted that one later.
The Tudor Prints are now on sale in my Etsy Shop, and you'll find Journals and Tiles on CafePress.
Coming soon on leather goods and mirrors to my Etsy shop...