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Uploaded: January 11, 2011
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 7
Updated: January 11, 2011
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This next and last lesson or the day is going to show you "how to draw Cleopatra", step by step. I know that my depiction of Cleopatra shows her having a nice lean, fit body and a beautiful face when the truth is she was considered to be a bit on the heavy side, and not all that good looking. Now her story is pretty interesting because it tells a tale of one of the first females to ever take power over a kingdom. Cleopatra VII Philopator was the last pharaoh and queen of Ancient Egypt. She belongs to the Ptolemaic dynasty which was a Greek royal family that ruled over Egypt after the death of Alexandra the Great. One of the interesting things about Cleopatra’s background was she and her family only spoke Greek language and they without a doubt refused to learn or even speak the Egyptian language. Eventually Cleopatra learned the language so she could speak to her peers, and when she did learn the language, she was absolutely certain she was a reincarnation of the Egyptian Goddess, Isis. Yes the rumors are true that Cleopatra and Caesar where lovers. At first Caesar was her liaison, but over time an attraction grew and it was mainly due to the fact that Cleopatra had such an extraordinary presence and she was also extremely charismatic. It didn’t matter that she was not beautiful, or had a masculine physic, men loved how shrewd she was and how she had such a passion and desire for Egypt. It is also said that she was a devastating politician, which back in those days was hard to grasp because she was only seventeen years old when she inherited the throne. The reason why Cleopatra wanted to get involved with Julius is because he had fury toward Ptolemy, and because she knew that she was in love at first site. Once she became Caesar’s mistress they shared a son together that she named Ptolemy Caesar, but he was given the nickname Caesarion meaning little Caesar. Once Julius Caesar was assassinated, she started getting involved with Mark Antony and Octavian. One of the things that Cleopatra loved doing was invading other parts of Rome. Having said that, she ordered Brutus and Cassius to conquer large areas to the eastern parts of the Roman Empire, and set up military bases throughout. I guess you could say that she ruled Rome to her standards, and she was one ruthless lady. Her death was a mystery to some and it is said that she killed herself by letting a deadly snake bite her. Now I don’t know if this is true or not, but it definitely sounds like something she would do. Her story is a long tale of love and hate, life and death. One thing is certain; there were only three things that Cleopatra loved Caesar, Caesarion, and Egypt. She was one of the world’s most famous queens, and under her hand she made Egypt one of the most powerful kingdoms ever. I think you will enjoy this tutorial that shows you "how to draw Cleopatra"; even if the figure isn't a bit heavy, or on the ugly side. My drawing shows how the Egyptian people viewed one of the most loved Pharaohs who ever walked the earth.

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Step 5. How to Draw Cleopatra