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Galileo's Daughter by Alene Galileo's Daughter by Alene
Edit: Thank you so much to OfOneSoul for the Daily Deviation and to stelledivetro for suggesting it. It was a lovely confidence boost in my illustration at a time of year when I'm usually feeling a bit overwhelmed and definitely in need of a boost. =) Thank you also to everyone who added this piece to their :+fav:s - ordinarily I would come and thank each and every one of you, but there are just so many of you, so I've had to content myself with just thanking those of you who added me to their watch lists, and returning llamas. But I'm very grateful to you all, even if I couldn't thank you personally.

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A portfolio piece, depicting Galileo Galilei and his eldest daughter, Virginia Gamba (later Sister Maria Celeste) in 1610. 
From references in her surviving letters, Maria Celeste seems to have been quite well-educated, with knowledge of her father's work – there is even evidence that she prepared some of his manuscripts for print – and I like to think that he introduced her to his researches before she and her sister entered the convent. I thought it made a nice subject for an illustration. 

:star: For more information, a detail of their faces, and a look at my process, head over to my blog: alene-art.blogspot.com.au/2014…

Size: A4
Media: Winsor and Newton watercolours, Ecoline liquid watercolour, Copic Opaque White, Pentel brush pen, Prismacolour pencil on Moleskine Watercolour paper. 
Time Taken: Probably about 15 - 20 hours
References: I did a lot of google searches to get rough references for period items, and used Manga Studio mannequins to base my poses on.

Enjoy! =D

More black and white:

Scheherazade by Alene


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Given 2015-11-19
Galileo's Daughter by Alene tells a charming story through a single, engrossing illustration. ( Suggested by stelledivetro and Featured by OfOneSoul )
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EllerArt Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016   Traditional Artist
Oh, a wonderful scene! I bet the lady would have made a wonderful scientist, she was just born at the wrong moment in history. So much wasted talent. Anyway - great drawing, and I love the emotion in this!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I agree, she certainly had some advantages that the majority of women of her time didn't have, but she still couldn't reach her full potential, especially as she died so young. Thanks so much for the :+fav: too! =D
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Ganymedejuno Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is beautiful! A lovely moment between Galileo and his daughter.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you! =) 
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:iconashvanguard:
AshVanGuard Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're paying an incredible attention on details - I salute you! :-)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! (And thanks for the :+fav: too!) I like to include details in illustrations - and especially if I'm doing an historical scene, I like to make sure everything is as accurate as possible! =)
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:iconoctaweb:
OctaWeb Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess it's weird that I'm learning about Galileo's daughter in History class. :)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
I think it's a marvellous coincidence!
Thanks for the :+fav:, I'm glad you like it! =) 
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:iconoctaweb:
OctaWeb Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem!
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:iconthemoviesgame:
TheMoviesGame Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Awesome
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! =) 
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:iconlemures87:
Lemures87 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo nice :D I love the mood of this illustration!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I'm glad you like the mood, I wanted it to be quite atmospheric. =)
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:iconlemures87:
Lemures87 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well done :)
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glenn42558 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2015
quite a work of art,,  done with talent and passion,,  tells quite a  story
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I love telling stories through illustration. =) 
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PHarold Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is truly a lovely and well referenced piece. I enjoy the idea that this could really be a slice of life. The fact that he gave his daughter the chance to learn alongside his discoveries is touching, and shows he believed his daughters would understand and work with the knowledge given them. The globes, candles telescope and all the details make this piece alive with textures and hidden treasures. In black and white they really give such life.

The gestures and expressions showing the daughter's delight and Galileo's excitement are lovely and you can almost hear the conversation. The textures of the hair and the drapings of the fabrics are beautifully done. This is truly a wonderful illustration.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
What a lovely comment, thank you! :hug:
I love filling my illustrations with little details (sometimes I can get a bit carried away =P) that add to the story I'm trying to tell, and it's always fun when they can all be half-hidden in deep shadows - I do love working in black and white, you can let a lot of emotion appear that might be lost in a more colourful illustration. 
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nightbird-flying Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
I love this piece so much, but as a rat lover I must say I really love your watermark as well. :D
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! 
I used to have pet mice, and I'm so fond of their little faces that I used a stylised version when creating my logo - I thought it was a nice individual logo for an illustrator. =) 
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hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student General Artist
ah this is cool! :D
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! 
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:iconhannahelizabethh:
hannahelizabethh Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student General Artist
ur welcome! :)
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:iconliladuter:
LilaDuter Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Student General Artist
I did not know that. Thanks for sharing.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you. =) Sometimes the little homely parts of history, especially around famous people, get forgotten. It was nice to create an illustration of Galileo the Father rather than Galileo the Scientist, if you know what I mean. 
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:iconliladuter:
LilaDuter Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Student General Artist
Yes, I see. Sometimes we forget the great people of the past were human.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
I think we're very lucky that so much of the correspondence that Galileo's daughter wrote to him survives - it gives a glimpse at the more human side, even though his letters to her were destroyed when she died. 
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Sange8 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I really love how this is done, and that it might have actually happened! Congratulations on the D.D.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! I really hope it did happen like this - there's no proof at all, but wouldn't it be nice? =)
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Snips13 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful, very nicely done. The style and shading is impeccable. Good job. :)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg I love this so much.
I feel like it need to be put in school books
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Haha, I do do a lot of work for school workbooks - but not in this style, which would take far too long for the educational publishing area, and use too much photocopy toner as well. =P I do agree that it's a subject that I would have liked to heave learnt about in school though, and I'm so glad you like it so much! :hug:
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:iconautumnrose83:
autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh you better believe it.
I was in Astronomy Club in high school
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
That sounds exciting! We didn't have one of those, but I did a lot of art while I was in highschool (two art subjects at once), so I didn't have time for anything else anyway. =P 
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autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was a small club, and I don't know if it stuck around after I graduated in '02
but I distinctly remember the evening we saw Saturn pass in the Moon's shadow.
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Wow, I'm not surprised that you remember that! Amazing!
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autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It was pretty memorable.
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HimitsuUK Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015   Photographer
"Look, a bear"
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your DD! :clap:
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! =D
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BillyNikoll Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Charming...
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! =)
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:iconcyklopi:
Cyklopi Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
impresive attention to details!
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconeif-ka:
Eif-ka Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Nice :D
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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josie900 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015   Traditional Artist
Very nice pencil work. I like the lighting and details. Nicely done :)
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:iconalene:
Alene Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Professional General Artist
There's not actually much pencil in here, it's mainly ink and watercolour (all with a brush), but there is some black coloured pencil in there as well as I have never been one to shy away from mixed media if it makes my job easier. :P 
Thank you so much! :)
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