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Julia Verrucia by suburbanbeatnik Julia Verrucia by suburbanbeatnik
This is Julia Verrucia, the heroine from a novel set in first century Rome that I wrote in high school. I've drawn her a lot, but this time I spent more time on folds and drape of the tunic, which definitely has something of a a "come hither" look to it. (Personally, I always get annoyed when people put Greek or Roman women in fitted dresses with décolleté; sexiness wasn't approached that way back then. Filmy- often gauzy- fabrics were used to reveal the body, not immense amounts of cleavage.)
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ksmsdrpepper Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
I would have thought you were illustrating the poem about Julia by Robert Herrick

Upon Julia's Clothes
By Robert Herrick
    Whenas in silks my Julia goes,
    Then, then (methinks) how sweetly flows
    That liquefaction of her clothes.

    Next, when I cast mine eyes, and see
    That brave vibration each way free,
    O how that glittering taketh me!
 
www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/…
 
(this is my husband's FAVORITE poem!!).
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 2, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
It really does kind of fit, though I don't think Herrick was imagining 1rst century Roman/Hellenistic woman's dress. :D 
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Annabell-1945 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013
Great artwork.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :)
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A-DarkDawn Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
omg
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
That's a good 'omg' right? :)
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A-DarkDawn Featured By Owner May 21, 2012
of course! that's awesome, you're really good!
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LadyduLac Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011
Wonderful work! :]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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iohannkn Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
Lovely...
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The details are great. I particularly love her face - she certainly has the Roman/classically beautiful look. Nice work on the stola/drapery, too.

I saw a link to Judith and Holofernes down there in another comment... I MUST check out your gallery! :la:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Although I don't think what she's wearing is technically a stola-- to the best of my understanding, a stola was a formal overtunic with shoulder straps. She's wearing an undertunic-- hubba hubba!

What did you think of my Judith and Holofernes pics? :)
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd forgotten entirely about the semi-transparent look much classical clothing had to it... that's definitely a different way of showing off the body, as you said. Very nicely done, no matter what it's called!

I liked the one I saw! It's a neat interpretation. I'm sure you've seen Caravaggio and Gentileschi's interpretations as well? Now that I've seen multiple versions of the story, it's nice to see a pencil take that's a little more straightforward. :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!

To be honest, I'm not crazy about Gentileschi's work (her women look kind of weird to me), and while Caravaggio is fine he's not really to my taste. My favorite take on the Judith story is from the symbolist school, like Klimt, Moreau and Von Stuck.

Have you seen Von Stuck's Judith paintings? He was really into her as a subject.

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They have a great primitive energy to them. I also have a weakness for guys who can paint hot evil women (and the men entrapped in their snares)!
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lycanthropeful Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the second painting you linked is neat. I'm not a fan of the first. When it comes to art I have to study, or art that has entered the canon, I suppose, I'm all for realistic work (like Caravaggio or Gentileschi). My whole life I've been practically crusading against art that doesn't have any semblance of realism - not to say it's not legitimate, it's just not my thing. It's interesting to look at those after having seen so many other interpretations.

Thanks for sharing! :)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem! Different strokes for different folks, as they say. I'm not crazy about Caravaggio, but I'm sure other artists (like von Stuck) that I really dig aren't the cup of tea of other people. :)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the drapery and the attention to historical sexiness. I mean beauty. She's absolutely gorgeous, she is, and with all her jewelery and everything, it flows together really nicely.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm pleased you like it-- I love the phrase "historical sexiness." Can I use it sometime? :)
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, go for it. =D
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Look, more historical sexiness! XD [link]
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emoth888 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow I love this picture!!!^-^ !-*
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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BakaDeku Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very pretty! And yay for some authentic clothing ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you like an authentic tunic! :D
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Rhapsodyz Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008
She looks beautiful to put it bluntly. I like the detail, I for one don't have the patience most of the time, I can't get myself to just stay still and add every detail. But the look in her face fascinates me.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

But now I'm curious... just why does her expression interest you?
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Rhapsodyz Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
I don't know, it just makes me wonder what she's thinking and who she's looking up at
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
You really are a master at making historical fashion look so beautiful and seducing!

I love all the little curls of the fabric, it's just amazing!

I would love to know more about this character. She is after all the woman who manages to make your male character succumbto her charms. But looking at her it really can't surprise enyone that she will be able to turn the heads of many men, even the more stern ones!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! As you probably know, if the sterotypical hero of a Roman novel is a butch guy named Marcus, the sterotypical heroine is a virtuous but feisty Christian maiden. I thought it would cool to have a sexy heroine who's been around the block a few times, in contrast to the more straitlaced hero. Glad you like the pic!
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alKahinat Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007
I love Julia Verrucia!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I think what she's wearing is a stola... but I admit my Latin is rusty...
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NorthwestMarmot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
I do so love Julia. :)
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CyrionB Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
Very very nice!

Forgive this one tiny note, but...is her head a tad too big for her, including for her hands and lap?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
By gum, you're right! So I made a few changes and uploaded the new (slightly revised) file... how does it look now?

(Don't feel bad, I was going to scan it in again anyway, as I'd refined the hands a bit :) )
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Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
SeXXXay. The fabric looks gorgeous.
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susanburghart Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
You did a really nice job with the fabric, like, ahem, especially the boobs.

Where do you get resources for figure/fabric studies?

I haven't uploaded anything new up yet. Too much business related stuff to do... I must say I'm impressed by your fanhood you have on here :headbang:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey, thanks! :love: But compared to some established dA people, my fandom is yet a fledgling thing.... but then I've only been on for three weeks or so. :P

As for fabric studies, I googled a lot of old statues, like this one right here... [link] I remember, back in the old days, when I would have to go to the library and look at books! Man, I sure love the internets!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
I wish soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much I could draw like you do!!!
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kyria Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
i like the fabriccc! :D and her sittingness.
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
Your characters are sooooooooooo good! Love this one! Can't wait to see what else you do!
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
The detail is phenomenal as always!!!
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007   Traditional Artist
Nicely detailed and stylized. The face and hair are quite beautiful. Lovely classical look. Well illustrated.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2007   Traditional Artist
You're welcome:).
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2007
it might sound very wrong but i love how you did her breast!! they're ponting is just as they're supposed to be pointing, not straight forward! .... >_> and how the hell are you able to put in so many creases and folds without it looking weird? ...did you sell your soul to satan?
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, I sold my soul to Sallie Mae to go to Art Center, which is almost the same thing... :P Glad you like the drapery. It took forever to get right!
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
just gotta add, how can you NOT like the drapery?
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Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2007
ooh, the all powerful sallie mae... :O
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rancid-roses Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2007  Hobbyist
:wow: holy cow it's so deatailed and nicely done. great work!!!
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