Our final illustration in the Katherine of Aragon section from Tudor Queens and Consorts features the Alhambra Palace. Overlooking the city of Granada, and set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, the Alhambra Palace is a sprawling fortress complex originally built in the thirteenth century by the Nasrid Kings. Katherine of Aragon lived within these ancient walls for the final two years of her life in Spain.
While this image of the palace is famous and often photographed, a special thanks goes out to my friend, Marcia, for sharing this inspiration photo with me, which she snapped from a cafe beside the Mirador de San Nicolás. Below you can see my early sketch process for this page while I look upon her photo.
On the finished book page, I decided to use watercolor a just a little colored pencil for final details. Plastic “chip clips” kept the edges from curling while I was adding water to the page. You may place a blank piece of paper before the next illustration but, as you can see, it is not necessary. I was pleased to see Anne Boleyn looking pristine and ready for color even after I used a few coats of watercolor on the page before. Three cheers for investing in sturdy paper! Let us know how you like to color your pages of Tudor history - visit us in our Facebook group and join the conversation!