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Anastasia Nicholaievna by KeeganYoung Anastasia Nicholaievna by KeeganYoung
Grand Duchess Anastasia Nicholaievna Romanova, ca. 1911.


"Some persons seem endowed with a peculiar and semitragic gift. They live out their lives and die, only to provide drama for the playwright or novelist. Their's is not the stuff of life, but of fiction. Such a woman was Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian Tsar, supposedly massacred at Ekaterinburg in July, 1918. She lived out her life like a princess in a fairy tale, with her bumbling, bourgeois Emperor father, the only false note in the royal symphony. Anastasia laughed and played and worked through the hours of her young life, touched with the magic of unreality, carrying a thousand years of August tradition upon her frail shoulders. In the fairy tales, the princess lived happily ever after. Anastasia lived in an all-to-real world. Officially, her life was snuffed out by Bolshevist guns in the Ekaterinburg cellar. If it was, she fell - I am sure - with great dignity and grace, her silken skirts weighted with the jewels that would have bought her way to freedom. The historical Anastasia vanishes here, reduced to a grotesque, red-stained doll lying limply across a sack of potatoes; and the infinetly more satisfying Anastsia of the legend rises, phoenix-like from her body..."


*Entirely and utterly dedicated to Holly James Daugherty, for whose text messages of motivation I could never have done this without.

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mitch-rideout Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love the little wisps of hair that show that she isn't perfect.
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks so realistic!
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chickaablet Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
So beautiful. You have to admit, the animated film did a good job with some of the historical accuracies. Such as this dress.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Thanks! Regardless of what anyone says about the 1997 film, I'll love it till the end.
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chickaablet Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
You're welocme~ The movie has such beautiful music too such as Once Upon a December. Did you there was another animated film of it made in the same year?
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
Yep, I have the other version on DVD as well. Nothing to be compared to its 21st Century Fox Film counterpart though ; )
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chickaablet Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
So true. They certainly don't make films like that any more
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potof27 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
Nice job.
Have you read Anastasia's story in the Roayal Diaries series? You might like it, judging from your signature.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
I've read that book many a time, and many a year ago. Thanks! :D
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Quiriter Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011   Traditional Artist
What a beautiful portrait) I really don-t remember when this photo has been taken... I guess It's Anastasia Nicolaevna in her costume at the Ball in honor of 300 years of Romanov's house, am I right?
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011
Thank you! It was actually taken in 1911, just as a set of formal photographs. The Romanov Tercentenary wasn't until 1913 ;)The gown itself is simply a Russian court dress.
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Quiriter Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011   Traditional Artist
So it was my mistake) thank you for the answer)
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
No worries! And thank you again :iconhurrplz:
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LaylaAlvedo Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
She's very beautiful.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
She was : ) Thank you so much :iconohjoyplz:
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LaylaAlvedo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Welcome.^^
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GrandDuchess18 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Wonderful job! I adore it
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010
Thank you so much! :iconohjoyplz:
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Eumeia Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Wow, this is beautifully done!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
Thank you very much!
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lmabee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Your work is so beautiful!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2010
Laura, how you do spoil me with your kindness :iconhurrplz:
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JenniferMN Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
This is amazing! How in the world do you do it?
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010
Thank you SO much! All with quite a bit of effort, and even more patience :D
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ironguiness Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I would like to find the words to tell you how much this drawing is incredible, but they haven't been invented yet. Ha ha I'm so cheesy ;P But whatever, it's all honesty.


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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
:iconhurrplz: :iconhurrplz: :iconhurrplz:
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ironguiness Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Oh how I missed your emoticons!
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LaurasMuse Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
This is a beautiful drawing! The expression on her face is haunting. And nice job with all those pearls.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
That's so kind to hear. My one hope for this was to make her appear just as you described! The pearls were a labour of love. And hate D;
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uranium-ultrasaurus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010   General Artist
cute as a damn button, keeg.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Aw shucks, thanks :iconohboyplz:
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finished it!!! [link] Hope you will like it! :aww:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Wow, that looks simply amazing! Thank you so much for doing this, I love it :D
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Livadialilacs Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad to do it. You drew an amazing portrait of Anastasia! :aww:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Holly did an absolutely STUNNING version too, [link]
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Color-Her-World Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd offer to color it, too, but someone else already said they would! :giggle:
I LOVE IT!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Doesn't mean you can't try, go right ahead if you'd like! And thank you :D
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Color-Her-World Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, she did so well I don't wanna steal her thunder. :giggle: Love love LOVE the drawing, however! Great work.
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
it's stunning!

I'm speechless...
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Thank you Justine, that truly means a lot :D
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AlixofHesse Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
welcome :)
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Linnea-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Keegan this is amazing and so wonderful, but then all the work you do is amazing but this is just woow I can not really expres what I think of this because it is so wonderful :clap:
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
I'm very pleased you like it, your words are far too kind. Thank you! :D
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Linnea-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
you very welcome :)
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Wow, that's nice. One of the things that fascinates me is the headdress, it resembles the "French hood" of 16th century France (where it came from) and England (where it was popularized by Mary Rose Tudor and Anne Boleyn).

Where did you get the quotation? Anastasia was a pistol when she was a child, but I don't know if she would have kept that quality as an adult. Ah me, another something about her that will never be known, only speculated about.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Thank you! It's actually called a "kokoshnik". They're a traditional Russian headress that date back as early as the 11th-12th century. Both peasant women and nobility wore them on special occasions, and were apart of official court dress. They could be extremely elaborate, or easily just as simple.
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
Thanks for the information! I always wondered what it was called. And who knows, maybe the French hood was inspired by the kokoshnik. Wouldn't it be wild if it had been? After all, I've never heard that French royalty didn't meet with Russian royalty when the occasion called for it. Maybe something will come to light one day. :nod: :D
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010
It's very possible! And you're welcome :D The quote in question came from my friend Holly's website on Anastasia. An individual named Edwin Fadiman Jr.is reported to have said it.
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Leppardra Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
Thanks! :D
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