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The Empress and the Gladiator by suburbanbeatnik The Empress and the Gladiator by suburbanbeatnik
This is the cover I did for Astonishing Adventures Magazine #5- you can download it here. [link] Since it accompanies my article, "Toga porn," which is all about pulpy swords-and-sandals books from the '50s, '60s and '70s, it features the magazine's mascot, Scarlet, dressed as an empress, with a buff gladiator wielding a bloody sword before her.

Everything was kept intentionally inaccurate and Hollywood-ish, and I looked at a lot of Frazetta while painting this, because I wanted to make it more painterly than my other work. I also ended up looking at a lot of Peter Lely, the Restoration-era portraitist, because no one does sleepy-eyed, pale-skinned and morally dubious women better than he. Scarlet's costume was inspired partially by Claudette Colbert's outfit in "The Sign of the Cross" (1932) and by Anneka di Lorenzo in "Messalina, Messalina." (1977) Check out the magazine- it's chockful of my artwork and lots of pulpy goodness!
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Oh she is very beautiful :D I love her view ;)
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, but the poor thing looks so bored.... ;P
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Yes thats right XD would you tell me why ? ;P
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Because gladiators are so last millenium... :D
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RedPassion Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
ok XD :giggle:
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Inaccurate and Hollywood-ish can sometimes be a good thing. I have always loved those old Hollywood movies of Ancient Rome. One of my favourite movies is Quo Vadis from 1951 with Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, and Peter Ustinov.

I do love the way you draw sensual, roman women.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad you like! :)

LOL, that's funny that you should mention the 1951 QV, since I've always loved to hate that movie. I really love Cecil B. deMille's "Sign of the Cross" and "Cleopatra" from the '30s, but the 1950s swords n' sandals flicks always infuriated me since a lot of 'em were so treacly, preachy and loooooong. The Poppaea from the '51 film can't compare to Claudette Colbert in "Cross," who's not only a babe but confident and kick-ass. It's too bad the movie isn't about her, really... [link]
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Arinya13 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
I always love your art!

LOL, that is quite funny. I see that we have a lot of different views. I just happen to love those 1950s swords n' sandals flicks. I also happen to be a devoted fan of Deborah Kerr.

I am, however, always ready to broaden my horizons. I have seen some of the movies from the 30s. I actually really love those old movies from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s.
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kyria Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Professional General Artist
jeweled and beautiful.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Do you think Hades would approve? ;P
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kyria Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional General Artist
Absolutely! ;)
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