Well... I was watching the documentary about Helen of Troy on Viasat History and she had a very interesting look about her in this documentary. She looked very unlike the usual sunny haired Greek goddess lookalike.
This is more according to the times of the Trojan wars, which happened during the late Bronze age.
Anyway, the dress is inspired by the Minoan dresses, I know Helen was a Spartan and even turned into a sort of Deity after she came back, but I have no reference to dresses that is not ancient Athenian in origin.
[i]Menelaus had demanded that only he should slay his unfaithful wife; but, when he raised his sword to do so, the sight of her beauty (breast) caused him to let the sword drop from his hand.[/i]
This part of the story is the reason as to why I drew her showing her breasts, Menelaus is struck by the beauty of her breasts and drops his sword and takes her back with him. They return to Sparta where she live as his Queen only to later ascend into Olympus. She is continued to be worshiped by the Spartan people until the defeat of the Spartan army in 371BC at the Battle of Leuctra. They remained for a while but their dominance as a Greek City-state was over. During the Roman era they were a tourist attraction for rich Romans.
This was inspired by another gorgeous portrait, here: [link] (I will never be that awesome but I can try!)
This is George Boleyn, brother to Anne Boleyn who was the second wife of Henry VIII. As his sister rose to greater heights, so did he, becoming Viscount of Rochford. Subsequently, he would fall with Anne as well. She was accused (never proven to be true) of incest, affairs with several men and high treason. All the men accused, including George, and Anne were beheaded.
He was close with his sister but not to the extent of incest-- that's just my thoughts. If only he had paid a little less attention to his sister and more to his wife, he might've lived to see 35. (Many sites say different dates of when he was born so don't shoot me if I'm wrong!)
Poor, poor George. I've read The Other Boleyn Girl and now I'm halfway through The Boleyn Inheritance. I love the way Phillipa Gregory portrays George. I have fallen in love with a dead man.
For this painting, I used a picture of Jesse Lacey for reference. That is truly how I imagine he would look. There is no real truth to how he really appeared because there are no paintings of him at all. He has been said to have dark hair and eyes but others have also noted him as having blond hair and blue eyes.
Here's another major piece I did for for McGraw Hill's "Timelinks" project. It depicts Mansa Musa, the immensely rich 14th century King of Mali, flanked by a couple of spear-carriers and with two supplicants kneeling in front of him.
If you know about west Africa, there's a number of problems with this image (for example, there is no royal umbrella). However, I had a written description of Musa's appearance and I tried to adhere to it, more or less, but I didn't have that much time to do research. I still like how it turned out though.