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Gnaeus Cornelius Popina by suburbanbeatnik Gnaeus Cornelius Popina by suburbanbeatnik
This is the hero from the same Roman era novel I wrote ages ago, which also featured Julia Verrucia [link] . Popina here (yes, and I know his name means 'cookshop,' it was an intentional choice on my part) is a high-minded senator, an ex-consul and a Stoic philosopher often called "the third Cato." He tries to resist Julia's charms, because of course in his eyes she's a worthless trollop, but in the end succumbs...

Anyway, I quite like how his toga turned out. Talk about baroque drapery! Yet when done correctly, they could make guys look really good.
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Avelera Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008
Aha, I finally figured out who he reminds me of! He looks exactly like Tiberius, from the I, Claudius tv series!
Aside from that I love your art and the amount of personality you can pack into a single sketch.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Okay, I had to look up that actor on IMDB, because the only eppys I saw of "I Claudius" were the later ones, when Caligula becomes emperor and afterwards. And you're right- Gnaeus really does look like George Baker!

Thanks, I'm glad you like. :D
Arinya13 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2008
This is very well done. I love the look on his face - he seems like a man very dedicated to his work as a senator.

I love the story-line of him Him trying to resist Julia's charms just to succumb to her charms in the end.
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
After reading enough Roman novels in high school, I noticed the heroes were inevitably macho military guys named Marcus, and the stern Cato-esque senator was always a secondary character who often vanished in the third act. I always thought it would be cool if the senator became the main char who got some action, because you just never see that (unless you're reading Colleen McCollough). Hopefully someday I'll be able to rewrite it, since the draft I wrote in high school embarrasses me. :P
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Love that toga! :D
NorthwestMarmot Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2007
Aww, good ol white-haired, short-haired Gnaeus.

When I grow up to be a mighty senator, I hope I have hot chicks like Julia coming after me. Rar!

I especially like his serious expression. :)
Susannaaaa Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
NOT BLONDE. He looks like Clive Owen, a bit. Only more square-faced. I like his eyebrows.
kyria Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007  Professional General Artist
The face is my favorite part; the expression reminds me of the protagonist from "Equilbrium." :D
Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2007
he looks grim... :O but just a question to you who seems to know so much about different periods of time, did all the men cut their hair like that?
suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Well, a lot of them did, esp. the more conservative, establishment types, like Senator Popina here. Nero, for example- [link] - grew his hair out in a longer, more artistic, "Greek" style to show just how non-establishment he was. He was a groovy swingin' hepcat, man!
Trollbutter Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
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