It’s a wrap (and a mad dash to the end, to say the least)! I have finally finished colouring all the CIV Leaders sketches I planned out to do…it kind of feels weird, because this series has been ongoing for as long as this tumblr exists. I’m both glad and conflicted to be moving onto other projects XD. I’m even surprised at myself to be motivated enough to work on the same idea for so long. Thanks to so many of you for expressing interest in these, now they are all archived into one entry on pixiv!
This is my second fanart of Italy with a Doge, but a different one this time :D Enrico Dandolo was in his seventies when he became Doge, but he didn’t let old age or blindness (caused by cortical injury) stopped him from being ambitious and ruthless. He is a successful financial leader for Venice, but most well known for his involvement in the 4th crusade.
I was very excited to draw Venice, then realized the CIV V leader screen looks too much like modern Venice and I don’t have any decent reference on what Venice looks like in 12th century. Please excuse the ambiguous background ;;
New leaders from the CIV V expansion “Brave New World”! Casimir III was a man of great stature, Poland was not. By the end of his reign though, Poland would be more than double the size.
(The coat of arms of the House Piast is supposed to be a white eagle, not black, so I changed it)
Greeces, Alexander and Bucephalus - Mama Greece’s design was inspired by noordzee when this sketch was made but also resembles the possible design sketches by Hima (everything works out?). This is the last one I’m going to colour from the existing sketches, but I decided to add two bonus leaders from Brave New World, so stay tuned!
Austria and Maria Theresa (the less idealized CIV V version, not the Hetalia version). I couldn’t find any information as to where the background was based on, too many possibilities!
With each installment leaders come and go, but Ghandi is always there.
Background is the Ganges, tho I kind of want to know which part…
No additional notes needed on this guy because he should be fairly recognizable. Drawing BGM is two different compositions of Ode to Joy! Peace | War One of my favourite themes in CIV V!
This kind of shading makes Gilbird on the head thing looks extremely wacky, but why not.
Thailand and Ramkhamhaeng the Great, King of Sukhothai. CIV spells his name in one word, like the University named after him, but his name holds the meaning of Khun (king) Ram (great) Khamhaeng (brave). Usually credited to be the creator of the Thai alphabet.
Sudden intermission of art! No I have not forgotten about this series, and would like to finish it up soon! I had been wary about colouring this one, because Nobunaga is one of my childhood historical figures and I’m not used to CIV’s version.
The recent update made me want to colour Maria I! Regarding the background CIV V used, the architecture is obviously Pena Palace (I was there at this exact same spot!), the red cliff and ocean backdrop is very likely to be inspired by Algarve.
I always thought Augustus has the most interesting facial features, albeit those statues of his were idealized. My historical crush reached its peak during the run of HBO Rome, with him played by the gorgeous Simon Woods. Augustus in this picture is a mixture of both the CIV version and the HBO Rome version, along with some wardrobe design.
I’m super excited to colour this one because I can loop the entire Great King Sejong OST over and over again! What other ways than having KBS tell me about what kind of king Sejong was? Created a language, perhaps?
I can’t believe I’m more than halfway through the sketches! This one was a pain to finish because I chose a completely different perspective from the game screenshot and got no references…and trying to fix a lot of things at the same time…I tried! OTZ
This picture made reference to the second Siege of Rhodes.
Mongolia and Genghis Khan. I’ve been drawing many birds lately…
This sketch is so old (but still one of my personal fav) that I feel I should try to power through colouring the rest of them. I still remember though the Golden Eagle was added right after I watched BBC’s Human Planet ”Mountains” episode.
Brave New World haven’t even been released yet and I’m already getting a jump on Portugal! I really enjoyed playing Portugal in CIV IV so I was excited, only to find out the leader Firaxis chose was Maria I?? After reading her biography multiple times I still don’t understand why? Some major events happened during her reign, like moving the court to Brazil during the Napoleonic Wars, which eventually contributed to Brazil’s independence, and she was an ok ruler before that…but she was mentally ill for most of the 40 year reign?? Even her intro narration is so short because Firaxis can’t find enough reasons to praise her…
An excuse to draw Portugal and to take a break from colouring never needs to be logical though!