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Historical Figures Reimagined In Modern Portraits

Graphic designer Becca Saladin showcases her talent through transforming famous historical figures into modern characters. Saladin reimagined Julius Caesar wearing the usual clothing you see everyday, along with Cleopatra, Queen Elizabeth I, and Prince Albert. Her stunning artworks breath new life into these historical figures, as My Modern Met details:

Each portrait takes quite a bit of research, with Saladin focusing in particular on the eyes, skin, and hair. While she does her best to find as much information as possible about each person, sometimes it’s just not possible. For instance, Cleopatra, while one of the most requested characters for Saladin to work on, was very difficult to create because historians know very little about her appearance. In cases like these, Saladin is forced to make creative choices.
So how does she work her magic? When working on Egyptian and ancient Roman busts, the portrait is built up piece by piece. “The way I reconstruct the portrait busts is by using bits of other images—noses, eyes, lips, etc. from other sources and manipulating them so they fit together and so that they fit the subject,” she reveals. “Many times I’m digitally painting in details like eyeshadow, eyelashes, eyebrows, wrinkles, and skin color. It takes a long time to get it all to look like it makes sense.”

image credit: royalty_now via My Modern Met


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