For our 10th illustration in Tudor Queens and Consorts, I’ve created new watercolor video with a few more details about my process for coloring these pages with my favorite media. While the paper isn’t meant for heavy loads of water, light and layered washes of color with the addition of other media like color pencil are a nice way to fill the page. I used some binder clips to keep the page flat while I worked. You can watch the video by clicking to Vimeo here or clicking the photo above.
The original inspiration for this drawing comes from the Presentation Page of a late fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript called the Vaux Passional. It is believed to have been presented to Henry VII after the death of Elizabeth of York in February 1503. The child figures on the left may be 13-year-old Princess Margaret (later Queen of Scotland), 7-year-old Princess Mary (later Queen of France), and 11-year-old Prince Henry (later King Henry VIII). To see the young and future King in such grief gives us a sense of how deeply affected he was by the death of his mother. Reference: Peniarth MS 482D, The National Library of Wales.