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Roman toga reference sheet, republican period by Gold-Seven Roman toga reference sheet, republican period by Gold-Seven
I've been working on my togas, trying to figure out how they look from different angles, which is sometimes hard to find online (and whatever you do, never reference a toga from any movie). I've recently found that a lot of people when they try to draw a toga have a hard time with them, often making them resemble a Hallowe'en outfit. So, if this is useful for you, feel free to reference. :)

A proper toga is five to six metres long and wider than you're tall; wrapped around the body three times:
Let one end hang down over your left shoulder so the front end reaches your ankles. 
Draw the rest of the cloth around your back, passing it under your right arm. 
Pass the cloth across your front again, and again over your left shoulder. 
The part hanging down behind should reach your ankles again.
The right arm is completely free. The left arm is completely covered by the excess of two layrs of cloth on your left shoulder.
No pins or brooches, that's cheating. ;)

Remember that a toga was made of wool. Not linen (that looks like the classic bedsheet) or the skimpy synthetics you see advertised as "toga" in Hallowe'en stores. They're thick and very, very heavy.

Disclaimer: This is a republican toga; so if you're drawing a Roman set in imperial times, his toga will look slightly different on the chest (not wrapped, but drawn out, but those are a lot easier to find online). This toga is the toga praetexta, with a red stripe, worn by senators (together with two red stripes, called clavi, down the tunica). Regular citizens would wear togas without the red stripe, in a more muddy off-white.

Togas are cool. Way cool. If Hannibal isn't careful, I might put him in one.

Oooh, he'd kill me. (And team up with Maedhros for their comeuppance.)
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