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I loved Roman culture since I started to read Colleen McCullough books =) I've to said that her Caesar is blond (so is the one I first coloured) but everybody seems to think him with dark hair... ^^U

Well yes, I know. This Caesar was never Imperator, but Caesar Octavianus, his grand-nephew ^^ But he should, he was the best ;) (not that Gaius Marius and Cornelius Sulla -my other book heroes- weren't bad, just a bit less centered in Rome)

This draw was quite difficult mainly because of the amount of detail ^^U It was planned to be a usually coloured one, but then I found that certain Photoshop filter was just perfect and... voilá. I really like it more this way, but if anybody is interested I can show the "usual" version :giggle:

Well, tell me what you think ^^
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MarcusCrassus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013
so gorgeous! 
nyaar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks : )
Trotsky17 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
kalika12 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved it!:dummy:
nyaar Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
GreenBushido Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2010
Many of the Julio-Claudians were blonde. Caligula, my favorite, is a prime example. In the West, we tend to think of leaders as having darker hair, though I have no idea why it's become equated with power. Anyway, very interesting. I'll have to look up these books.
Aranu-sama Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Technically, Caesar was hailed as Imperator. At the time though it was merely a temporary title given to a triumphant general(during his triumph, which was this gaudy, bigass parade).

It was only after Octavian took power that only the Princeps(first citizen, the Romans wou;ld not use the title Imperator to refer to the Emperor until Claudius) could be hailed as Imperator. This was done to prevent any popular general from getting too popular. Octavian after all, knew only too well of what his great uncle Gaius Julius Caesar did with such popularity.
nyaar Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's always a pleasure to receive a history lesson.
Specialist290 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Never read any of the McCullough books, but I've always been a fan of Roman history in general and Julius Caesar in particular. Got a few bios on th guy, but I've only read all the way through a couple of 'em; I should probably finish up one one of these days...

Anyway, I love your portrayal of the guy here.
Twilight-Sheik Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Caesar, along with most Romans, was likely blond and pretty fair skinned. They were also, normally, fairly short(Caesar was considered very tall). If you don't believe that, you just need to go to Rome and look at some of the doors in the ruins.
So the book is correct. :)

Either way, nice picture. Great detail!
VoteDave Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2008
Actually Caesar was Imperator, because in Rebuplican times, the title Imperator was bestowed upon successful Generals by their troops. It wasn't until decades later that the title Imperator became synonymous with that of the Emperor.
I love this picture, it's fantastic!! Caesar was the greatest man who ever lived!
GavinMichelli Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Love the detail, especially the cuirass. Did you base this on a full-figure statue? I recall seeing one kinda like this. If so, extra props for accuracy!
nyaar Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:3333 I think so, but it was so long ago that I don't remember *chuckles*

I'm glad you like it ^^ I love Caesar =)
Sam-Nary Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2007
Actually, as surprising as this might sound, Gaius Julius Caesar might have actually been blonde. Both Seutonius and Plutarch comment that Caesar was rather atypical among Romans, which means, Caesar could have been a blonde.
nyaar Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^__^ That's cool :) :) :) I always imagine him blond because of the books of Coleen McCullough... ^^U but as other people/films depicts him dark haired... :):) thanks!
Doriana Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006
I read Coleen McCullough's books, like you! And I started loving Caesar after that too...God!

Your picture is wonderful, anyway ^_^ ! Kisses ;)
nyaar Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks dear :*
Doriana Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2006
Thanks to you, 'cause you did this ;)
Quantum-Mechanics Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
Qué opino de él? Que como bien se jactó su sobrino nieto después, dándole una historia preciosa en la que se cuenta que los Julios descienden de los dioses (de Venus) JULIO CÉSAR ERA UN DIOS ENTRE LOS MORTALES, LE AMO.

(Servilia putón desorejao... Cleopatra tb ¬¬)

Yo apoyo la moción de que era morenito, la Collough tiene paranoias raras xD, la única relación que tuvo mi Cayito con las Galias, a parte de conquistarlas, es que tuvo desde muy jovencito un mentor galo. No wonder mi amorcito sabía tanto de ellos (sabía hablar su idioma, entre otras cosas) aw, es que te ha quedado fantástico Yayuu. Viva César! Y muerte a los joputas envidiosos (porque lo que les movía era pura envidia) que lo asesinaron a traición.

Te kieru! :****
ruler-of-da-world Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006
I love it! I adore Caesar and Roman culture in general. You should look into the Emperor series by Conn Iggulden, they are very good ^_^ As for Caesar's hair, he was Roman and most Roman's had dark hair so it would be of no surprise if he had brown or black hair.
kittytiuri Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I only saw a blond Caesar in the Asterix-movies - and though Caesar was born in Rome into a well-known patrician family it's more likely that he had dark hair as most "real" Romans/Italians (referring to the Roman army, most soldiers where Gauls or men from other conquered countries).
He might not have been Imperator - but he paved the way for them. And he's been one of the less "historical characters" I've been very interested in back in school.
Really cool picture. ;)
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