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clodia Pulchra by crayonmaniac clodia Pulchra by crayonmaniac
hello dear friends

Here is Clodia, the infamous sister of Clodius, party girl avant la lettre, seductress, strong woman with a will of her own suffering from a very bad reputation in the Roman society of her time (for instance she wore silk dresses that were totally transparent and left nothing to the imagination, our naughty Clodia)

Total hours in photoshop with my beloved wacom : 17. Once again no special brush used, all skin blemishes, pores and details have been done with either burn or dodge but I kept it much lighter than in clodius.
I had difficulties finding a good roman hairstyle, so I came up with this one, the republic did not have those extravagant hairdos like during the empire period.
I updated the face today, i like her better and added pearls


I dedicate this to my dear friend :iconfeliane: who is always there for me and my art, she has been waiting long enough to get her own CM painting. Hope you like her sweetie

Thank you all for comments, faves and support and please full view for all the details

Here is my portrait of her brother Clodius
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incubusalpha Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
An elegant and beautiful rendition! I'm intrigued by her soft yet confident smile and the detail of her earring. On another note, I was reading about her scandalous father's political career, which is rather amusing. However, I was unable to find further information on Clodia. I read she was married briefly to Octavian/Augustus but the marriage was never even consummated. Could you point me to any historical sources which reference her? I'm in a Rome-obsessed phase at the moment lol. Thank you and keep up the excellent work!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for your nice words
i am rome obsessed all my entire life, i read every book on rome i can find
my sources for the famous clodia are in fact the books by steven saylor, the most excellent roma sub rosa series, great high standing detectives but so well and thouroughly researched, they make excellent reading, i can highly recommend them
clodia will well painted there, very complex figure
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iaiusjello Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I love this piece! It's so nice to see a late republican portrayal of a Roman woman, instead of one from the high empire with those ridiculous bewigged hairstyles. I confess to knowing enough about Clodia thanks to my distaste for her brother, but from what I can glean from Catullus, she does seem like a prototypical puella docta whose extravagant lifestyle earned the ire of certain traditionalists. In that sense, she's similar to my favorite Roman littératreuse, Julia the daughter of Augustus. I read an interesting book comparing the Clodias and Julias of the Roman world with the Cornelia mater Gracchorums--the former were criticized for their culture and education while the latter was praised, because Clodia and Julia learned Hellenistic literature and dance for their own pleasure while Cornelia only learned it in order to teach her (male) children. What a double standard. Although both of them also suffered for their hedonistic reputation (like the transparent silk), it's also because they were doing it in a way that transgressed expectations: aristocratic girls only existed to cement family arrangements and give birth, how dare they have some fun! Blargh.

Anyway, this is amazing. I am wondering if you'd ever consider doing a similar thing for Julia (although one would have to be careful to find a sculpture that actually depicts her, as most of the putative Julia sculptures actually show Octavia--I only know of one or two really solid identifications). The hair would be easy though, as the nodus hairstyle is extremely well attested.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
sheesh you are very knowledgeable, i fancy myself a connaisseur of all things roman but you sure your roman girls
thanks, i am glad you find her adequate
I would love to do more roman pieces, my love for rome is only second to my love for painting in the art world
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iaiusjello Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
I'm glad to hear that! I can link you to a few sculptures/coins that would give you some idea of what Julia looks like, if you'd be interested in drawing her!
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
link please,i have a huge list of paintings to make first but I would love to do julia, thank you
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mizuki-nee-chan Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
what do you use, i.e sai gimp ect.
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
photoshop
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Tammara Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
She turned out beautiful.:love:
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crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks an oldie, not loved but i added pearls, oh my, am i glad to see you sweetie, i missed you and i was worried about you, is your back better hon?
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