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Augustus and Julia the Elder by cabepfir Augustus and Julia the Elder by cabepfir
For the Historical Characters series

Augustus is one of the historical figures that most fascinates me. A political genius, who couldn't prevent that his own laws would condemn his only daughter Julia to the exile.

Inked with a Hunt #108 nib and a Japanese ink
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Libra1010 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014
 This is a most excellent image (proof positive, so far as I am concerned, that you could furnish any edition of 'I, Claudius' and 'Claudius the God' with appropriate illustration!); whenever I look at images of the first Augustus I keep thinking how perfect a casting choice Mr Roddy Mcdowall was for the character (arguably a better casting choice for Augustus than Ms. Elizabeth Taylor was for Cleopatra - who was more charismatic than beautiful).
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
I like this one very much. Iulia is so often forgotten, although she was an amazing person, just like her father... Well done!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. A couple of years ago I read a wonderful novel about Augustus, by John E. Williams, and I'd love to read more in the future.
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oOSulimeOo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
I have to check that out... I love historical novels.
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Lucony Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist
This is very well done! :) Have you ever heard about Cicero and Clodia Metelli, the ultimate pair of enemies?
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I studied about them, yes. Why?
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Lucony Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Mhh, this drawing somehow reminded me of how I imagine them.;) I wrote a paper about Clodia for a Latin competition and read some of the original texts, e.g. Cicero's "Pro Caelio". The relationship they might have had- most historians talk about a friendship- is a very interesting subject.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I don't have a particular interest for Cicero - at school I found him quite insufferable, because of his righteousness (and the bore of his writings.) But I know that *suburbanbeatnik drew them, here [link] and [link] )
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Lucony Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist
Actually I got to know Clodia because of suburbanbeatnik's drawings. And yes- even my teacher dislikes Cicero.^^
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ahah, really?

Mmh, now that you make me think about it, I believe I prefer imperial Rome to republican - my favourite period is the first century of the Empire, from Augustus to Nero.
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iaiusjello Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Julia! I love her. Did you use any of the portraits theorized as her in order to draw her face?
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I remember I looked for some sculptures portraying her, but in the end I drew her as my pencil decided :D
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Beautiful work on their expressions and drapery - I love your work on the folds.... Are you using the japanese ink for the background ? I love the effects. And well, do you know the difference between Indian, chinese and Japanese ink? I have both, but I have no idea how they differ.
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
The Japanese ink I used is water-soluble, so I knew that it was going to melt once I'd added the water... That's how I did the background and the shadows on them. There are other inks, instead, which are water-proof when they are dry, so the effect is different when you dilute them with water.
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Veronica-Art Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ok. I will try to find out about the other inks! Thanks so much!!! :hug:
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Dr-Mabuse Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
I like it.

Do you know I, Claudius?
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I own the book, but as many others, it's collecting dust on my shelf, waiting to be read. :P
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Fantastic! I have to go back to the history books. I dimly remember reading about them and of course I watched "I, Claudius." :rose:
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I've read a wonderful novel about Augustus a couple of years ago, by John E. Williams, and I own "I, Claudius", but it's still on the shelf, waiting to be read.
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Nachan Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
*_* Augusto!!! Bellissimo l'effetto dell'inchiostro!
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cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Grazieee! E' un inchiosto che si scioglie con l''acqua, quindi ne ho approfittato per fare un po' di macchie :D
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Nachan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
gli inchiostri che si sciolgono con l'acqua sono i pił belliiii!<3
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