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Tancred of Hauteville by Gold-Seven Tancred of Hauteville by Gold-Seven
A commission for the ever-wonderful ~Aredhel-Ar-Feiniel, who is writing a bachelor thesis on Tancred of Hauteville, an eleventh-century crusader. One of the more memorable and fun commissions in recent time.

And mark ye well that on 6 August, 2012, Jenny realised that chain hauberks are not, in fact, striped pullovers, but that the rings run down the arm and don't curl around it. >.<

Liquid watercolours (a mix of Dr Martins and Rohrer&Klingner) on Canson Montval paper. A3 size. (A historical pinup, yay!)

See this blog entry for how I did the textures. [link]

Note I: Please guys, it's good of you to know so much about Tancred, and I'll freely confess I don't. It was a commission and I drew what was requested. I heard of him for the first time a week ago. If I got the hairstyle, the architecture of Antioch, the number of scars (how do you know when this portrait is set anyway?) or the surcote wrong, so be it.

Note II (Much more important than the Hair Colour and Length Debate [TM]):
By drawing a crusader, I do not mean, in any way, to glorify the crusades, or any other atrocity committed during the last few thousand years in this world in the name of religion, race or plain stupidity. And for heaven's sake, I do not wish to see this picture in groups and clubs that glorify or even trivialise atrocities of this manner.
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alanfergant Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
A very wonderful image.  He looks like a real person one might well meet.
norriscarrejr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
anne-summer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really good work!
SuperCJ Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
You realized your mistake on my birthday :D
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha! And in a week, I can celebrate its anniversary! :D
Shinzhon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Crusader. Ohgoshyes.

You know, if history books where illustrate by you, a lot more people would love it xD

haius Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist
And now I'm imagining Crusaders and medieval knights going to battle wearing grey striped hoodies.

The notes appended to the caption remind me how being famous on the internet has its drawbacks. :XD: I think he looks wonderful. I quite like his little stubbly beard.
Gold-Seven Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, yes ;)
Lacmile Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
gorgeous! I know this character ^ ^ I do not live far from Hauteville
Ardwenn Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
First learned of this guy while reading Norwich's series on Byzantium. This is an awesome piece and my hat is off to you for your skill and talent. :)
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