There’s a lovely Roman women dollmaker, and I like to play dress-up sometimes. Because I’m an adult. The male dollmaker isn’t quite as good, since it pretty well only works for military costume, not casual or senatorial, but since Gaius here is a tribune, it’ll do. The lack of togate options did mean I had to leave out their father, though.
I had fun with these — I’ve actually done several variations for each of the girls, but let’s call these their “meet outfits”. Aula Prima is a little daring, Gaius is a well-funded military tribune, Latona favors elegant luxury, and little Alhena is rather more demure and restrained than her elder siblings. And I like how I can show the family resemblance — Alhena and Gaius share a severity of expression, Aula and Latona have the same eyes, Gaius and Latona are just slightly darker-complexioned than their siblings. Alhena’s hair should be a little more true red, Aula’s a little more copper than strawberry, but I worked with what I had available.
Aula Vitellia Prima
Gaius Vitellius Caranus
Aula Vitellia Secunda, called Latona
Aula Vitellia Tertia, called Alhena
Forthcoming: More men and women of the city, including men of the army and a bevy of magically-inclined ladies.
I love word clouds. There’s just something mesmerizing about them, and they can be so weirdly artistic, too. I got sort of addicted to them at work, actually, because we use them for various teaching purposes. I’ve done them for Aven three times now: once right after I finished the first draft, once after I’d done quite a lot of revisions, before I started querying, and now a third time, with the new round of additions and adjustments. It doesn’t change a lot — but I do like seeing what subtle shifts there are. Some characters come into greater prominence. Some ideas grow larger or smaller. Like I said: mesmerizing.
Captain Jian Kearney
Miss Augusta Adelaide Schroeder, navigatrix
Dr. Felipa Martinez y Reyes
Lady Elinor Alexandrina Denebola
The clothing is a little more fanciful and a little less historically-sound than I’m really imagining, but all the same, these are reasonable approximations. Haven’t yet found a steampunk dollmaker I like well enough for menfolk, so I can’t introduce you to the gents yet. 😉