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Cicero and Clodia sketches
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Published: June 18, 2008
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I'm going to scrap these soon, but I'm going to keep them in the gallery for a bit so people will have a chance to see them. Here are some sketches for Marcus Tullius Cicero and Clodia (or Claudia) Metelli, the protagonists of a novel I'm currently working on. One challenge in drawing someone as famous as Cicero was that even though there's a bunch of busts of him out there, none of them look exactly alike; also, all of them depict him in his fifties or sixties. Here, he's in his early forties. (I threw in a few chibi versions for the hell of it.) Clodia was a bit easier, since I could just make up what she looked like.

Him: "You can be sure I'm about to say something VERY scathing!"

Her: "Of course you are."

The original sketch can be found here. [link]
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UltimateEmpressStudent Digital Artist
She the one who did something to his corpse or something when he died, or was that another woman?
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
I believe that was Clodia's sister in law, Fulvia. Those Romans!
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UltimateEmpressStudent Digital Artist
Civilised barbarians. 
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clodiametelliStudent General Artist
anything with clodia I love. I'm a major Catullus fan
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks. Me too! :)
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NelsonHojaxStudent Traditional Artist
when you finish the story post up a link. There is so much awesome in this pairing that I have to read something on it. Being a Renaissance man (and thus in love with Cicero and antiquity) the idea of him and Clodia have something is just.....awesome..
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the enthusiasm! I really appreciate it. I started writing the story a year and a half ago, but it's so epic I kind of stalled... the amount of research and writing I would have to do is a bit mind-boggling. But I think it's a really cool idea, and I've never seen anything like it out there. I hope I can finish it someday.
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NelsonHojaxStudent Traditional Artist
Well I speak from experience when I say writing can be difficult and sometimes immense. So I completely understand your stalling. But you have some really excellent art, so you're doing awesome in that respect!
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! BTW, if you're interested, I've published a few short stories in online 'zines. My story Ash-slave (a retelling of Cinderella set in ancient Persia) can be read here in the autumn issue of Dark Valentine magazine:
[link]

Here's another short story I wrote a few years ago you might also like: h1.ripway.com/Joanne%20Renaud/Wendy.pdf
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Oh my god, chibi Cicero. You're my hero.
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Haha, awesome! :)
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cabepfirProfessional Traditional Artist
I like her hairdressing, especially in the top right sketch.
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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little-everydayHobbyist General Artist
Omg, I LOVE. :O
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
Really? Why's that? :)
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little-everydayHobbyist General Artist
I don't know O-o
I really like your style, and the whole idea of it... Hehe.
KeeganYoung's avatar
I personally think these will turn out great :D Of course, when you finish this bit of literature and without a doubt publish it, make sure to let me know so I can read it!! *serious face*
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
It's many years away from completion, though... unfortunately I work at a snail's pace. ;P Glad you like it, though!
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Well patience is a virtue, and I must boast I have plenty of it! Regardless though, you are most welcome.
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Very beautiful! I just love the way you draw Clodia. You make her look so sensual and intelligent. Cicero is also very good. I know what you mean by the bust-problem, but you have nailed it again. I swear, no one does historical drawing quite like you. You are amazing!
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suburbanbeatnikProfessional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you think it looks like him. And I'm glad you like Clodia. She rocks. :D

Thank you! :hug:
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Wee! I likes. Interesting nose. Also banter. Hooray!
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