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a good vintage by TolmanCotton a good vintage by TolmanCotton
Jean Tannen resting on a gondola, drinking a glass of vintage wine.
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radiantsong Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
A wonderful portrayal of Jean.   Shows him as very virile and masculine, too.   I approve.   Thank you for sharing it.
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, he IS virile and masculine. Being not only the strongest by far, but also the only one in the gang who could get a girl (several girls, actually) easily and without paying in cash, you know.
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HeavilyArmedPixie Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
I like this very much. I think it accurately captures the essence of the character.
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calhoun327 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
This painting is impressively done and i love the style it was done in. This is a perfect image of Jean when he is getting poled down the river by Bug in the first book (except maybe for the fact that Jean has whine rather than an apple). if i were to offer one criticism it would simply be that the style of the glass from which Jean is drinking looks more like one meant for a less refined beverage. i understand that this may just be an artists interpretation but i felt that i should offer something more substantial than a pat on the back.
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
You know, before painting this picture I hadn't been reading the book for almost a year, and I didn't remember what Jean was actually eating or drinking!
I used that kind of simple glass (the same glass used in taverns throughout Italy for wine) because Jean and the others were pretending to be simple bargemen and dockers, so they wouldn't use crystal goblets. Of course, this wouldn't mean drinking low-level wines, especially if the drinker was Jean, because not even the best sommelier could distinguish a glass of simple wine from one of Chianti DOCG Conti-Serristori Riserva 1967 at a distance.
(BTW, drinking the aforementioned wine is nothing short of a mystical experience...)
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calhoun327 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Thanks for explaining that to me. i am rather ignorant when it comes to foreign drinking habits so i accept that i was wrong when i criticized that part of the picture. if you don't mind i do have another question though. i have no memory of Jean having any jewelry, did you add on the earring to make Jean more human or did i just miss that part of the book? in my opinion if they wanted to appear simple and avoid distinguishing characteristics the bastards would refrain from things like jewelery that they could be identified by. once again i would like to say that even though i am puzzled by the earring i still think that this painting is absolutely enchanting.
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
Just an invention. There's no mention of it in the book, but many men wore simple earrings during the XVI-XVII century, they said it would improve eyesight (this is the reason why it was common among pirates). I know, the books aren't set in our world or in that particular age, but there are many similarities to some places in Italy (Venice, Genova, Naples...) during that time, as Scott Lynch admitted, so I thought it wouldn't be such a bad idea taking this sort of 'licence'. In fact even the optics should go, Jean would use them just for reading, but IMHO they add 'colour' to the character.
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calhoun327 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
it is a good touch and i have nothing against mixing the culture of Locke's world and our world to create a more complete image. i just questioned whether it was ,in the thief makers words, "circumspect" enough for a crew like Locke's.
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TolmanCotton Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I really don't know. I there were many people with earrings, I'd say yes. Otherwise, I'd better erase any jewellery.
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