Mama Greece has a split personality, due to Athens and Sparta being so different. She acts/thinks like an Athenian most of the time, but acts/thinks like a Spartan when angered or frustrated. Grandpa Rome found this out the hard way.
I was doing thesis homework but after the third time erasing the same darn pose I just said to heck with it and decided to draw some Ancients. And then proceeded to redraw Rome thrice as well, haha art just isn’t easy for me tonight, I guess.
My friend Sophy asked if I could put together some references for how I draw Mama Greece and Mama Egypt, and I was happy to comply! It was great to do thinking about how I see them and how they are placed in history.
I didn’t color in their skin, hair, or clothing so as to keep the lineart from getting muddled. My handwriting is awful, too, hopefully you should be able to rightclick-view image to see them in full. If not I will pull this post and add photobucket links or something.
Also of note: I kind of overdid the jewelery on Kemet’s second page, if you do cuffs just give her two matching ones, not so many different bracelets at once! Sometimes Egyptian dresses were sheer and sometimes they weren’t. The styles I drew are all rather flowy and drapey, tighter dresses and patterned clothes appear to be a more old-fashioned thing. Some things in ancient Egyptian culture remained more or less the same throughout its run and some things really really did not, so be careful!
I honestly do not know what color Hellas’ sunhat is. Her himation in her second page is really too small and useless to count as one and I regret drawing it that way, don’t be like me, kids!
Another redraw of an older picture, I always liked this one but the costumes and anatomy felt lacking. This time I scrupulously referenced and researched and I now know way more than I used to about ancient greek and roman costume, which is kind of saying a lot. All the referencing and resketching and fixing meant I spent like a week on this though haha whoops.
I based Hellas’ himation (cloak) and hat off of the famous Tanagra figurines, and got the color scheme off of one of them too. With Rome I just bumbled around the internet squinting hopelessly at statues of senators, jeezum crow togas are so complex! The boots are pretty realistic, though, ancient greeks and romans didn’t only wear sandals!