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Publius Clodius, the handsome, brother of the infamous Clodia. Aristocrat and populist, beloved by the plebs, hated by his own class, charismatic rabble rouser who met a violent death in the streets near Rome in 52 B.C. He and his friends proudly wore beards which was uncalled for at the time. Enigmatic character, violent, attractive and complex.

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The reference and technical information : some bollywood male that I used as a base and then I let my inspiration take over. This was a challenge for me to try to be as realistic as possible on a male face. I used no brushes, no noice, whatsoever and all freckles and blemishes and pores are done with either the dodge tool for the clear areas and the burn tool for the dark areas. Every skin detail is handmade and unique. The beard and mustache however are made up of copy/paste parts of the first part I painted. More than 20 hours. Please full view for all the details

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I dedicate this to Nathie :iconnathie: because he is a tremendous artist and a cool guy and a constant inspiration to better my painting skills

Here is my interpretation of his sister Clodia
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GinebraCamelot Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
Really great! I love your gallery :love: , one of my favorites is this, for its tremendous realism and its details. the more I look at it the more I like.The beard, the lines of his face .. his eyes?... precious
If Publio Clodio was living, he would like that you were doing a portrait to him. ;)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
oh thank you so very much, i really like it too, i put so much work into it, but he is not well love here, so i am so happy you like it
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SentiumVII Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That's so realistic I could die.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
here i really really did my best but it is not a popular work, well, I do not care, I learned so much here
but his eyes are scary, I would like to soften his looks but it is so difficult, thank you
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SentiumVII Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Because it is not popular doesn't mean it isn't good. I'm impressed by this piece, certainly.
Ah, we all wish to do things, but give it some time and I'm sure you'll get there. You're welcome. ^^
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00Maria00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome face! So well detailed, I spent a few minutes wondering if it's a photograph! Seriously, is it? xD What program did you use to make it? It's so amazing just as the rest of your artwork!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much, no all is painted, no brushes, all hand painted in photoshop every crease, every spot, every hair, thanks so so much i appreciate your sweet comment, this one is not well loved so I love those who love him, thanks
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00Maria00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I have photoshop, but I'm no where near as amazing as you! Are you self taught?
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i am selfthaught yes but I am the most stubborn maniac on the planet
I had to have it, I had to get there, do like the good ones, I am painting 3 years now
if you go to my scraps, in the early beginning you will see the bad stuff i did in the beginning that should give you an idea how a person who wants to grow can grow
i still have so much to learn, i make so many mistakes but I perseve
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00Maria00 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Your scraps still look awesome to me. xD Good luck with your further development, but, honestly, I don't see how your artwork can get any better! : )
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are too sweet
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00Maria00 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
*Blushes* So are you!
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senzanima Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
I am in awe. So gorgeous, so real. Inspiring.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh thank you so much, not so many good comments on this one, so I cherish yours, I worked so hard here, thanks
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oboe-wan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing level of detail on the skin, hair, and beard. And I love his expression! He definitely looks like he's going to make some trouble. Clearly a huge amount of time and care went into this, and I think it was well worth the effort!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
really nice comment, thanks
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work love the textures :)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, I knew you would appreciate a good male face as it is your speciality, thanks sweetie, it means so much to me
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KerovinBlack Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:) oh well they are easier for me to paint :D
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Artist-in-Despair Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Student Digital Artist
WOW This is incredibly stunning, the portrait is really so realistic and how you draw the eyes is beyond words!!
but what i like the most is how you drew the beard. really you did an awesome job Christine :)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, yes, I did my best here, and it is surprising because in the fav department these paintings are not well received, well next time better
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Anarloth Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm he's very good-looking! <3
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bnolin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job on the hair and especially the beard. Very convincing! I like this series!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
oh thanks so much, you stopping by and saying these nice things about my art means a lot to me
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bnolin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just got a copy of Saylor's Roma for my wife. She's a happy wifey. Told her you were my Roman historical novel advisor! :)
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tcwoua Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations! Your entry has been level up to a++ gallery at :iconbestdrawings: keep up the good work! :dance:
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! :moo: :moo: :moo: amazing realism, Sweetie...you up the level every time, I do believe!
Handsome...and that skin and hair texture is fantastic....really great work!!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks sweetie, I think this is my most realistic, detailed work and yet no favs are coming, how funny is that!
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think it's like May said...pictures of men (unless scantily clad ;) ) don't get as many favs....Sometimes, people glance at the thumbnail, and if it is very realistic..think it's a photo and just pass it by...maybe this is happening?
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
no problem you know, I am so happy with what I learned here, the fact that I conquered so much new ground here that for me the poor guy could have just one fave (yours lol) and I'd still be happy, first time I achieve that kind of maturity here lol lol lol
thanks sweetie for being here
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Always, Hunny! :tighthug:
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sarah-d-anderson Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Student General Artist
This is amazing. The details are fantastic.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
the support means so much to me, thank you so much
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Writer
A beautiful dedication C, this work looks as real as any I've seen. :iconbunnyloveplz:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you my friend and well said in that journal of yours!
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DragonsChest Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Professional Writer
Thank you my friend, and thank you for reading my rants... :hug:
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
It's a very nice painting. It's not quite how I pictured him (I kind of picture him looking like Jeremy Sisto), but it's so cool to see Publius getting some love!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks and now I am working on a portrait of clodia, curious what you will say of that
thanks
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DottGonzo Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Impressive!
I love the realism of the picture: the skin looks... REAL! And the beard... TOO!
Really nice work!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much I did my best on the realism
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sonasthan Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Heureusement que :
- Je suis bien assis
- Que j'ai une main de libre pour refermer ma bouche béante

:D Tout ça pour dire.... Excellent travail, très belle réalisation...

;)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
éh bien merci pour ce beau compliment et j'espère que tu viendras encore une fois voir car je suis en train de peindre sa soeur Clodia, espérant avec la même finesse, donc, la semaine prochaine, viens une fois voir, et merci pour ces belles paroles
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AlexanderAeternus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
MACTE! Gloriosus!:Clap: :highfive:
Congrats on a superb work, deserving of the highest plaudits!!! Perhaps your next masterpiece could be another charismatic, handsome, enigmatic, complex, genius named Alexander the Great? A strawberry-blond, green/hazel eyed male to be used as a base.
:nod:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, these words mean so so much to me, I am and I will always be unsure of myself, so all the support is more than welcome

Alexander, I have thought about it and when I find some inspiring male portrait as possible reference I will paint him, now I am working on the portrait of Clodius infamous sister Clodia, I hope to make her stunning too
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AlexanderAeternus Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Is he the Clodius that was friends with Catullus? Sounds familiar to me.

I have a pic of a male model in my iPhoto folder that may inspire you, but I don't know if I can upload it here or send it to you via DA.
:)
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
set it on da and drop me a note
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nathie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think I stared for quite a few minutes at it and studied all the details. You have outdone yourself with this artwork.
Not that he is a very _very_ attractive guy, (oh yum yum!) those tiny details are just crazy, and you have studied skin very well to achieve such an amount of details! If I could, I would fave it serveral times.
Oh, I will have very good dreams tonight!
Thank you so much for dedicate this gorgeous picture to me! :love:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
waw :woohoo: you like him :woohoo: thanks thanks
I am so relieved because the men at home tease me enormously with my male paintings, I nearly gave up painting men altogether but like I said, you were my inspiration to try it again, so thanks for the support
(a little secret, he looks like my youngest son but my son is even more handsome)

I send this painting to the American bestseller writer Steven Saylor and I immediately got a mail back saying this was a good painting, I am so proud

thanks again
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