first thing I have learn or will ever remember about illustration, is that it is a game between originality and ready made ideas. As an illustrator you have to make yourself readable. You cannot just do an illustration and blame the other for not understanding you. You have to accept to uses stereotypes and be concise.
I mean: is Napoleon known for his pissing? non, but, put a napoleon hat to a chair and put its arm in it's coat (if you manage to find one ) and everyone will know who we are talking about.
As an example, if I would have chosen an actress, I would have chosen sarah bernardt for her leg an certainly use the mucha way to represent her.
In your picture, we don't read the "actor" part because there is no symbolical stage/scene.
to madhatter just love too much when girls have lots of hair.
a girl with a pretty haircut doesn't need anything more. Unfortunatly, now, I see a bunch and it makes me laugh. Maybe am I gonna start drawing short hair girls.... or not thax for criticizing, I found everything very constructive (and I read it all).
markusthebarbarian what happens in the shadowy part of your picture is really bautifull and delicate. you should try to find something approaching in the sunny part (it is a bit flat). bring on more shades in the skintones maybe.
Felicia you had my vote. very original. the way you used the old representing rules is very clever. I really liked it. and It bring a bit of humour in all those very formal portraits.
chate noire very recognizable. love the colors. (personnaly, I would have certainly cut her ear off, but you did without and it's more subtil. Subtility is a very rare talent, you should hang on to it.
lukavi As I already said it, your work makes me think of yoshitaka Amano's wich I am totally fond of. Maybe the arm seems a bit big and as it's already been said, the space between her breasts is really large. you had my vote.
madhater you should have chosen a diferent shade for the background or the skin. thes two are to near from one another I think. For the rest, you are certainly without no doubts the more documented person I have (virtually) met(wich make me think, would you give me some advices on places to look for some very precise documentation ?)
poshspice for any other artist, I would have certainly think that you should have chosen a more feminine outfit, but wasn't Oscar Wild known for his sexual anbiguity? therefore, I find it perfect (maybe a cigarette holder would have bring some extra feminine-dominative-sensuality )
catatafish I like the colors, you should maybe have used your references a bit more.
In your ref pictures, the armor was heavily ornated: It's Ceasar, not just a general.
Wiggers voted for you too, I think you have a great sense of color.
Of course, the 300 movie helped a lot recognize the character due to the helmet. Very good use of a strong and well known symbol.
sorry if I didn't comment on everyone or it 's a bit hard to read sometimes.
Writing in english such long texts is a real challenge.
to chate noire who said that my Napoleon looked so tall. I have to say that as a 5.15 feets tall girl, almost everybody seems too damn tall for me.