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Another art challenge by :icondaekazu:, :iconmidnighttea7:, :iconvinegar: and :iconmaudt:!

For each challenge we interchangeably give ourselves an idea or topic to illustrate and a short, specified time to execute it in whatever shape or form... of course, without knowing what the others are going to come up with.

This week's topic is daekazu's idea: Cleopatra.


At first I was bloody unhappy with how it was turning out, than something clicked and it ended up ok, I think. I was always worried to go with a painterly style and leave a very simple, graphic composition and I think it sort of turned out like I wanted it too. Thinking of whole series in this style actually (famous queens and historic ladies). Also - used this one as an opportunity to practice hands and skintones.

No direct refs used, but I looked up a lot of Egyptian jewellery and hands (few angles). Not one used for the face though, I always wanted to imagine my own version of Cleopatra, and this is sort of what I had in mind. Not too girly, not to adult. Not too sexy, yet attractive and pretty sensual.

Hope you'll like it :)

daekazu's version:
Cleopatra by daekazu

MidnightTea7's version:

maudt's version:
Cleopatra by maudt

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CareeningCorpseHobbyist General Artist
You nailed it! Great job!!
joenebula2's avatar
Where do you guys learn this. lol I know it far more than learning but just to say WOW
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RachelPerciphoneProfessional Digital Artist
I am in awe!  This is beautiful.  I am so enjoying the work of the four of you and your challenges!  Great ideas!
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AmberLynnLHobbyist Writer
:) such a pretty face~ love her lips ;3
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gorgous details on the headdress, love it!
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What a crown ! The light effects on the jewels are simply stunning.
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Found your picture on Facebook, and I recognized it! Thought you might like to see the post it was used in....

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I just died when I saw this, gorgeous am in love ♥
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CiLiNDr0Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Amazing work! Love it!

I was wandering if you could let me us this image for an Android game called "Kingdoms of Myth", it's turn based strategy game based on a fantasy World. You can find a little bit more info in this rough website made by my colleges [link] (Sorry for the bad English). Of course you will have full credits of your work and link to your webpage if you want :)

Lot of thanks for your time ;)
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DrfayedStudent Photographer
Love this one :heart:
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SkylettwolfHobbyist Digital Artist
i love it
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TaraSullivan Digital Artist
so gorgeous, you are very talented
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QayinieStudent General Artist
It's a very beautiful piece of art; the jewellry is breathtaking, just like you imagine the egyptian pharaoh's would dress - they were Gods after all - and I like how the crown-piece seems to end with the sun itself.

Excellent work, and I like your motivation for her face, when you didn't want to make her too sexy or adult. I think that, as a result, just makes her more beautiful to look at. Cleopatra was known as an intellectual foremost by her own subjects and I feel like this Cleopatra is currently examining a foreign dignitary (or is it in fact us?), trying to deside if he is worhty of her time.

But you, and this Cleopatra, is definitely worth my time and fav!
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AmigoNicolas General Artist
que guapa, se parece a Leona Lewis!
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itneedsmoresaltHobbyist Artisan Crafter
what a gorgeous and exotic take on cleopatra! love her :)
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Lemmy-X Digital Artist
:iconfeaturedplz: This excellent piece of art is featured in #AllWomen's journal. [link]
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Violette-KollontaiStudent General Artist
WOAH :o :heart:
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serephentHobbyist General Artist
What a great rendering of the goddess crown! Amazing detail.
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I could swear down right now...upon zooming in I have fallen in love with your Cleopatra.
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animaya25Student General Artist
gorgeous ^^
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