Friday, April 29, 2011

A-Sketch-a-Day-Until-Hera #4

Olympians Book 3, Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory is finally coming out July 19th. To commemorate this momentous occasion I will be posting a drawing from my enormous cache of sketchbooks each weekday until Hera hits the shelves. I'll be going through them chronologically, and today's piece is from a sketchbook dated August 2006.

Today's piece is of the Divine Twins, Artemis and Apollo. Both of them are looking quite similar to their eventual appearances in the Olympians books, but it seems that since I drew this they've both visited the hairdresser. Artemis has two, count 'em, two moon pieces going on in her hair (the published version retains only the one in the back) whereas Apollo looks as if he actually lit his hair on fire. In keeping with the ancient Greeks' view of Apollo mainly as the god of the arts and a protector of young men, and not as the embodiment of the sun (a view that comes much later in antiquity) I've shifted that flaming 'do to Helios, the Titan who quite literally is the sun. I also dig the little bow on the front of Artemis's dress. What was I thinking with that?

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  1. Love the Babydoll short short skirt

  2. Yeah, she kinda wears the same sort of maiden dress now, but less frilly (and certainly no bow on it). Not sure what I was thinking back then.

  3. Will you talk about Eos and Orion, Atalanta and Melanion, the Caledonian boar hunt, Agamemnon and Iphigenia, Horai (daughters of Themis and Zeus) and Selene and Endymion in Artemis' book. And Niobe, Leto, Phaeton and Helios, Daphne, Muses, Clytie, and Cassandra in Apollo's book