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Cleopatra by kelleybean86 Cleopatra by kelleybean86
I've always loved Cleopatra, and after reading the book "Cleopatra: A Life" by Stacy Schiff, I was inspired to draw her. You can see a step-by-step of this drawing in progress: [link]

Reference photo from the lovely Chonastock: [link]

My blog: [link]
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OfficerMark Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  New member Student Traditional Artist
Excellent portrait of Cleopatra Thea Philopator ("the VII" is a modern invention ... she was never called that in her own time). I especially admire how you depict her as an intelligent, confident and commanding woman. She is in her palace overlooking the harbor of Alexandria which is historically correct. Personally I think she usually wore more Hellenistic or Greco-Roman fashions, and only wore an Egyptian costume for ceremonial occasions in her role as a priestess of Isis. Anyway, well done!
nefersobekhotep Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
I like everything except the 18th dynasty chair. This is exactly how I imagined Kleopatra VII when I read Cleopatra: A Life. The scrolls emphasize her intellectual nature.
Libra1010 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
 I think that this image captures Cleopatra VII more completely than any other I have yet seen and is very lovely work besides.
axeL-zeck Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
She's wonderful. I love the colors and the light.
VivaLaRigby Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
She doesn't remind me of Cleopatra, she reminds me of Salomé daughter of Herodias... the girl who asked the King for the Head of John the Baptist... you have portrayed exactly how she looked like, perfect!
BrandonSPilcher Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
May I ask why the woman portrayed here looks more like Salome than Cleopatra to you?
VivaLaRigby Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Good question, it looks like salome because she has that Jewish white vintage skin that woman from that time used to have, then the look on her face, she looks ambitious but at the same time evil... she also has the body shape of a Dancer, Salome was a dancer, it's just her, awesome work...
Paquito-2 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Intéressant essai de reconstitution.
Il ne faut pas oublier que Cléopâtre VII était macédonienne et appartenait à la dynastie des Ptolémées. Elle en sera sa dernière représentante.
Vouloir représenter Cléopâtre en Égyptienne est sans doute l'expression d'une erreur même si les Ptolémées ont toujours respecter les valeurs égyptiennes et ont pu se faire représenter, dans l'art traditionnel, parfois revêtus des parures royales et religieuses de ce pays.
ironsides11 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
I really like how you gave her all the scrolls, as it helps show the viewer that she's adept at statecraft. :)
kelleybean86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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