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Young Cicero by suburbanbeatnik Young Cicero by suburbanbeatnik
Before all my illustration deadlines hit, I did this for :iconluscinea: for the premium membership she bought me; it's a inked line drawing of a young Marcus Tullius Cicero, oratorical genius extraordinaire. He's wearing the 'arm sling' style toga that was in vogue in late Republican Rome-- and I did my best to capture his smug look.

So tell me-- have I succeeded?
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GreenRevan19 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Never thought Cicero could be that handsome. His expression is like: "Better orator of all time: coming! Prepare yourself for my coolness."
Ahahaha, joking =P.
Nice work
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
He was actually a pretty good looking guy-- it's just that all the busts of him are when he was in his fifties or sixties. It's amusing to imagine all his snotty youthful arrogance-- awwww!
GreenRevan19 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
I think I love him for his snottiness (it's a word? I don't know): when I was reading Cicero's letters to Atticus and he was all like "I asked the Senate for giving me pater patriae title, non becouse of me, but becouse of the STATE. Oh, the Res Publica I soooo much love, and that I saved, and I'm so good, oh Atticus, I wish you were here to see my sexiness-" I imagine Atticus facepalm.
He's so conceited. Such a silver tongue. Awwww!!

Sorry for the big post, I always end up writing papyrus =P
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I find his self-absorption both obnoxious and endearing at the same time.  It's so interesting to think that Atticus and Clodia were good buds. And Cicero was SO JEALOUS. Heh.
surfergirl952 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
I applaud you for even knowing who cicero is seriously congrats and yes you definitely did succeed...fantastic!!
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, I'm very fond of C-ro, as I like to call him... :XD:
Luscinea Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Yes! You've captured that classic "up an coming lawyer" look too. The major law firms would be lining up to hire him -- and probably give him a huge signing bonus to boot!! You also nicely conveyed a calculating expression that just screams "I'm going to survive Marius AND Sulla." Which he did.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Haha, that's great! You phrased it so well. Cicero was so calculating and self-absorbed... but he was quite lovable at the same time. Definitely a complex guy.

BTW, a few months ago you mentioned commissioning another character portrait. Are you still interested?
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September 19, 2011
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