This week was an illustration of Horatius Cocles, a legendary soldier who supposedly fended off an entire Etruscan army while the Romans behind him destroyed the bridge into the city.
Latin 507 is going live soon and the this course is a little different than last years 506. Dr. Steve Lundy is using more historical/mythological stories to frame his Latin language lessons this time around. This means the illustrated characters are more tied to actual historical and mythological characters, and that they are engaged in some more serious activities than the Latin 506 characters were. The new cast will still be talking, praising, walking, and so forth, but there will potentially be more violence, and other less pleasant activities, like when Romulus stole all the Sabine women at swordpoint (The rape of the Sabine women).
We didn’t want the characters to feel too different this time around, but we didn’t want caricatures that seemed out of place while (potentially) killing and stealing one another. So I’m drawing with the same palette and stroke style (line drawing with mostly flat fill colors) but on characters that are more anatomically correct. Here are several characters from the first round.