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The Elusive Pimpernel by greyflea The Elusive Pimpernel by greyflea
This is a piece of artwork I've submitted to Le Gun magazine; the theme was 'Paris', though we could take that as loosely as we wanted, so I went with something a bit French and English. ;) Featured here is Marguerite Blakeney, Sir Percy Blakeney and an ominous Chauvelin in the middle (not a good place for him to stand, I think ;)) all of whom feature in Baroness Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel.

Just a quick mention - I adore the Scarlet Pimpernel books (still not read them all though!) and I love the musical too. I need to watch that Richard E Grant version...
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angelofmusic1997 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The first version of Pimpernel I saw was the REG version (before I even knew who REG was). I have yet to read the books and I now need to rewatch the REG version, because I have become a bit obsessed with Richard E. Grant...... just a bit Okay, too much. XD
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Midnight-attractions Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have only read the first book sadly, though I adore the '82 film.
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PeriwinklePaisley Featured By Owner May 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Very nicely done!
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gypsy-night Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2009
:love:
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
lovely!!!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2005
Thanks!
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mariane Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my god, u havent seen richardy as pimpernel? thats what started my whole obsession with him!! i saw it in a charity shop in leicester for 3 quid uno on vid - u cud get ryan to hunt it down for u, was in a british heart foundation. tho i might beat u to it, i just didnt want to carry it round all day!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2005
No I haven't! I saw the dvd for it the other day in HMV though. :) Hmmm, that's an idea; I bet it's gone by now though. :/
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mariane Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
ach, get on amazon or play - he is good...
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Did I ever mention how much I love your work? There's nothing else quite like it! I love the subject matter, and the drawing itself is very evocative. SO much sensuality in the two main figures, juxtaposed with the menace of the guillotine - brilliant! (can you tell I'm drunk...?)

Anyways, I love this :D
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Yay, thankyou very much! :D Woah, you're drunk and used the word 'juxtaposed'?! I'm impressed! ;) I'd probably just about manage 'juuuhhh'.
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Khadrimx Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yay! the scarlet pimpernel :3 how very fun. Love how it turned out. Just love the line work :3 makes me happy
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Hehe, thankyou! Fan of the show by chance? ;)
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Khadrimx Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
why yes! :3
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Mablox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
This is absolutely bloody fantastic! a perfect example of what happens when someone's left a very very open brief. I love the framing, I love the flowers and the silouhette (sp?) even though he's standing in his own guillotine (arrogance I suppose) ha! and the two flags.

and mm, brown:)...cant imagine what it looks like b/w
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Thanks El Davidos! *bows dramatically* Hehe, I always try to turn any brief we get how I want it. ;) It's 'silhouette' *quickly hides dictionary behind back* Yeah, I wanted Chauvelin to come across as a bit of an evil sod, as if to say 'this guillotine is mine!' ;)

Everything looks nice in brown; if only Le Gun was in brown and white. ;D Well, *if* they decide to print my pic, you might see how it looks in black and white! *fingers crossed*
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005   Digital Artist
You create the most beautiful textures through your shading :D they look very intricate and really add a lot of flavour to the image.
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
*Grins* Thankyou! Ooo flavour! I wonder what this picture would taste like? ;)
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moose562 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
i remember ricahrd e grants one from tv and i bloody hated it - mainly cos he was in it! yuck! ugh! uuuuugh! lol, no seriously i really can't stand him...so smug! argh! <rips hair out>

yeah anyway....'demmed' hehe - so pawsh! ;) very cool pic this! i thought you had done it for yourself and not le gun magazine at all! :) the flowers are a really nice touch
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
I bet you only hate him cos of the annoying Argos advert! Aw I love Richard E Grant; he was at his best in Withnail and I. :nod: Watch the original Scarlet Pimpernel then with Leslie Howard - he was great!

Honestly, it says 'demmed'! I'm not dyslexic. ;P Well it was partly for myself, as I've just finished reading the third book and needed to draw somethingfrom it. Thanks!
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moose562 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
no i always disliked him - something smug, like jude law. i did like withnail and i though, mainly for the buglary!

i like demmed - its so pawsh
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Ohno, he's not half as smug as Jude Law. I think it's probably down to the sneering facial expression he pulls a lot, plus the aristocratic voice. ;)

Yeah same here! I might start saying that one, hehe!
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moose562 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
Demm you Lady A! :D

I am quite the Aristocrat, don't you forget ;) Have you forgotten the days of chardonnay on the lawn? or cucumber sandwiches in early May under the lemon grove?
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
Or perhaps our jaunt to the tea-rooms down at Bambury lake where the sun does shimmer so. ;)
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moose562 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Oh that sounds so nice! :D

I made a heart shape on the IKEA mess-board today :) and some woman asked me to marry her! lol
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greyflea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2005
Was she 50 or above? ;)
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angelofmusicuk Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
so good, love Richard E Grant's version of the character even if the series ended not as strong as it started. Have you heard the broadway musical of it too?

Rose

(aka IBelong2Me on Lj)
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Heya Rose! Oh yes, I love the musical version; Terrence Mann as Chauvelin and Douglas Sills as Percy, brilliant! :D Hmmm, I'm gonna have to write a reminder on my hand or something about looking for this series when I'm in central London tomorrow. :nod:
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I book marked this so I could come back and coment on this. I was going to yesterday bu tthe site was down when i foudn it. I liek the details and emotion in this
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Yeah Deviant keeps going into 'read-only' mode, gah. Thanks very much though!
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ChinaTeaCup Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
hehe, very good :) I remember liking the Richard E Grant version when i saw it on tv :)
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Thankyou! Ooo, I'm desperate to see that show now!
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aleera21 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
That is fab!!!!! I love the musical too! (;o) Plus the Richard E Grant series rocked - despite the inaccurate portrayal of Robespierre!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Ah you like the musical! Isn't it strange they never brought it out over here? You'd think they would, it being English and all. ;) I'm seriously going to have to look for that series; I can remember it being on tv! Thanks for the comment m'lady. :D
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aleera21 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
There was a production in England at one point - I can't think where - at a regional theatre just for a week! I wish they'd bring it over. I wonder if "Jekyll and Hyde" will go into the Cambridge as it's meant to be going to London after the tour! Just as long as they get a new lead!!!!!! Paul Nicholas must leave - please *begs*
You're welcom milord!! haha
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Aaaaaaaawwwww! I would love to have seen that! I think that show should be brought over here, as well as Man of La Mancha. :nod: Hey it might; I'd heard it was going to be coming back. I take it you're a big fan of Mr Nicholas? ;D
'Milord'? Only at weekends. ;)
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aleera21 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
*die Paul Nicholas die* Does that answer you're question - let's see - what was wrong with his performance as Jekyll/Hyde - 1) too old 2)couldn't act it 3) worst of all - couldn't sing the songs at all!!! 4)let down the whole of the rest of the cast who were excellent...apart from that.....
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
A true fan then. ;) Oh dear, he doesn't sound all that pleasant. (literally ;D) Tch, I wonder why he was cast then?
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aleera21 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
He was producer!!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2005
Oh gawd, really? Someone still should've told him he was rubbish. ;)
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Nozilem Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
heh this is great! I really love how ya drew it up to make it look from the centuary in question. Great job! Plus the shadeing and the line work is great! XD
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
Thankyou very much, glad you think so! :D
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Nozilem Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yer welcome! :aww:
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monstarling Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
GAH! So cool. Your inking, as usual, is divine. So stylish and cool and original! The composition is wonderful too. such a lovely piece <3
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
Thankyou thankyou! :D It's nice to hear that coming from you, Queen of the Inks. ;)
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naphtali Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
Oh, very nice drawing. I really like the composition of your page, I especially like how you've used the poem and the flowers to frame the over all image. The shading on their faces looks great and is a nice contrast to the sinister, blacked out silhoutte of the person under the guillotine. My only complaint is that her hand is much too small. >_<
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greyflea Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2005
Thankyou very much, I had a lot of fun drawing this! Oh I know, that bloody hand *shakes head*; I don't know how I missed that when I was inking this; it must've been late or something. ;) Thanks for the comment!
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