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Hetalia Fanart: Italian Baroque [Apr. 8th, 2012|12:22 pm]
Erica Batton
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Italian Baroque: Romano

I’ve been wanting to do an art history themed series of Hetalia fan art for a while but just haven’t had the time.(I still don't, but I'm doing it anyway). Basically I’m doing a fanart series of Hetalia characters inspired by famous art styles in history relevant to their country.
For the Italy brothers, I’m splitting it up. Veneziano will be done in an Italian Renaissance style, Romano in Italian Baroque (seen here). It seemed fitting fitting, the Renaissance centered around Florence (Northern Italy) and Baroque started in Rome as a result of the Catholic Counter-Reformation.
It seemed to suit their personalities as well, the Renaissance is the more famous of the two art movements. Also Renaissance seems more bright and cheery compared to the Baroque, which is more moody and dramatic.
For Romano, Caravaggio inspired seemed perfect. Caravaggio was known for having a volatile personality and was notoriously hard to get along with.
In terms of art, genre paintings were popular during this period (depictions of everyday life). Usually as an allegory for some religious message, but I didn’t really go that deep. Seems like everything in paintings back then was a symbol for something else.
Dramatic lighting known as tenebrism was all the rage (artificial light became much more available around this time and dammit if they didn’t want to show it off!).
Lastly Caravaggio’s work in particular was loaded with lots of homo eroticism! I do like my paintings with a healthy dose of gay after all.
Keeping these things in mind, I kept it in the era with the clothing and furniture - well, what clothing they’re wearing anyway.
Here, keeping with the everyday life scene, Spain and Romano are taking a siesta. Romano’s resting his head on Spain’s doublet while holding a tomato in his left hand. We’ll pretend the tomato is some sort of allegory for. . . whatever it is tomatoes symbolize.
I think the homo erotic part is pretty self explanatory. I was originally just going to draw Romano, but decided to add his better half because why not?
Since Italy, Spain, Netherlands, and Belgium are major contributors in Baroque art, I’ll be doing the entire tomato gang in their respective versions of the art period. Next will be Spain, inspired by Velazquez paintings.
I plan coloring this digitally. This is just a grayscale study to make sure I get the lighting just right since it's such an important feature in this art style.
Also my favorite part was coloring their torsos. :3
Prismacolor markers and pen on Bristol.

[User Picture]From: shanejayell
2012-04-08 05:49 pm (UTC)
Pretty! :D
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[User Picture]From: webcomix
2012-04-08 06:19 pm (UTC)
Epic! I think you're a great artist and I love the background information you've put into it...

I recall, many years ago in AP World History, of being taught that mussels (or some similar form of shellfish) had some sort of sexual symbolic connotation. Not sure about tomatoes, though o3o

I look forward to the rest of your work!
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[User Picture]From: isoyamanami
2012-04-10 06:48 pm (UTC)
Wonderful job as always, I hope you will be able to make also the other pieces of the series you are thinking to, good luck for it! Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: shibbyone
2012-04-11 12:40 am (UTC)
Your arts are always wonderful :D
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