I've you never read Mara Daughter of the Nile by Eloise Jarvis McGraw, I HIGHLY recommend it. It was written in the 50s, so it's hard to get a hold of, but it's got that sweeping romantic quality that is the hallmark of the best works from that era. It's a grand tale of espionage in 18th dynasty Egypt, and the titular character is a slave girl who finds herself playing double spy for two dangerous rivals to the throne. It made such an impact on me when I first read it in middle school that it changed my whole life's trajectory - I became fascinated with ancient Egypt, and I ended up applying to Brown University for their Egyptology program years later (I majored in anthropology and minored in Egyptology when all was said and done, but I still got in). I even started using the nickname "Mara" for myself in lieu of my full name, Margaret. So yeah. This book and me. We go waaaay back. xoxoxoxo
As far as technique goes, I just wanted to try something loose and painterly, with a canvas-type feel. I was going for overall effect and impact rather than refined details...sort of an unfinished look, you know? Eh. My love for the character is there, and that's what matters.
Sorry I didn't post this earlier (or as a reward for March). It's been sitting on my computer for almost a year, and all I did was slap on a few finishing touches. Sigh. I'm so bad at keeping track of things.