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The Bennet Sisters by Himmapaan The Bennet Sisters by Himmapaan
*I oughtn't to impose on how people add to their favourite collections, but if anyone adds this to their 'fan art' collection, I shall chain you to a rock to be at the mercy of Ceto, and have Perseus, Andromeda and Pegasus point and laugh ([link]). :rofl:

I have nothing against fan art, but please distinguish between that and an illustrative response to a work of literature. :thanks:

Studies of the Bennet sisters from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.
Pencil in Moleskine sketchbook, 2006.

Drawn when the Folio Society commissioned me to illustrate the book for them. I had the 1813 revision of the text in mind when drawing these, hence the hairstyle. This was changed to fit the late 1790s of the actual setting of the book for the final illustrations. Though I didn't actually get to draw all the sisters for those at any rate.

This is what I mean about my pencil work not reproducing too well. I can't draw any darker... :hmm:
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Karinta Featured By Owner Edited Apr 25, 2015  Student General Artist
What long necks they all have. Also, Kitty and Lydia's expressions are quite awkward and unrealistic-looking.
LaurettaCoffyn Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist
This is so beautiful. 
EnchantressEmily Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your work is just beautiful, especially the Austen illustrations!
ker-splash Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
So lovely.  So classic.  Your artwork never grows old.
Looneygurl96 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
you captured them perfectly! I love it! :love:
Brittany-Psalm28-7 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
Art-Fashion-History Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Beautiful and delicate portraits!
Chocol8ChipCookies Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I'm absolutely fascinated with your writing.
Seigychi Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! perfect work!!!!!!! and them faces!!!!!!!!!!! great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
galinilime Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Artist
moonprincess22 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student Photographer
This is so lovely! I love the hair and the small details.
CallistaMoon Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I did indeed add it to my 'Fan Art' collection... but I have renamed it 'Fan Art and Illustrations' in honour of your awesome work - both this and the other pieces I have favourited :) Hope that's good enough; love your style!
Spaceout626 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Gorgeous. Lovely style and handwriting, and great expressions.
Daydra Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Astonishment!!! So beauty!!!
ArtemisNightDreamer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student General Artist
The way you drew each and every one of the sisters is exactly how I imagined they would look! Beautiful! Each time I see more and more of your work, I'm just breathless
Darkchocolate553 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
grat job!
their faces are so well fitting for their personalities -_-
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
happyeverafter Featured By Owner May 17, 2011
This is beyond brilliant!
raedelmore Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
You've perfectly captured their personalities! Lovely work.
devilfern Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Lovely! You've conveyed their personalities perfectly.
Beclos Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
Wow! :wow: This is amazing! I can't stop looking at them, they are so beautiful :faint:
Arlome Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is truly lovely:)
You've done a great job!
freedomafterlife Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hi. I love your work. I think the light pencil lines makes them look more period and delicate. I loved your disclaimer message! Made my day.
I know what you said, but I just had to add this to my favourites!
riek92 Featured By Owner May 26, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Wow!!! Amazing work!!! I love it!!! ;)
Cienistogrzywa Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful! Faces are delicate and express their perdonality :)
Cienistogrzywa Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
"personality" ofc ;)
mistyofmyheart Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2010
your work is so dreamy :faint:
Greti30 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2010
oh my dear!
I just had to feature it.
It gives us the perfect impression of them.
Jane is so precious and Lizzie also!
Lizzy-85 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very good work :D
Dona90 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome work!! I love too much this book and ur style!! :heart:
Hoodlives Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
I just love your Lizzy and Mary is spot on!
CatherineEarnshaw89 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2009
this drawing looks amazing!
2ndtoOne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, such perfect likenesses of the Misses Bennet!
I am quite pleasantly diverted by this work!
You've done such an excellent job on each of them, giving them each individual character traits.
Amazing job! This should be on the title page of Pride and Prejudice or something!

...I don't have folders in my favorites...:D
lily-azalea Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful!! I especially love Jane's soft, gentle expression! :D
Guid-chan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really love it! *.*
fishylights Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
I love your interpretations of them. :D :+fav:
Aracely Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
This illustration captures who each Bennet sister which makes it even more lovely.

You would not like this under a fan art collection, I understand. However, would "Jane Austen Art" be alright? Its a collection of my favorite Jane Austen artwork. May I add this lovely illustration to the collection?
shellentina Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Love the hair.
olde-fashioned Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
I love this! And it's so inspiring -- I should give drawing my favourite literary characters a shot. :D Faving!
glittersweet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is wonderful! All the girls are beautiful as described in the book. No easy task and yet they are all individual and have their own personality.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful - you can really tell their different characters, from dreamy, to headstrong to mischievous...
iluvobiwan91 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look amazing. Really well done, and possibly my favorite way anyone's interpreted these young women yet. :D
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much.
iluvobiwan91 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Most welcome. ^_^
Chemical-Princess Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Beautiful work!
I am in love with your handwriting here.
Himmapaan Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. ^^
zaulia Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2009
the Misses Bennets.... I've seen it already and faved in
Once again - beautifully depicted characters. Some quirky, some dreamy, naughty, all of them here ;)
ConejitoPerverso Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
*faints* amazing MY favorite book and my favorite ilustrator! just amazing
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this. I think I almost prefer this to your 1790s version- I have trouble picturing the girls in the 1700s, my mind has placed them so firmly in the Regency!

By the way, have you seen the new Colleen McCullough book, "The Independence of Miss Mary Bennett"?
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