This week’s illustration theme on  is “Myth”.

I was really into Greek myths as a kid, and loved lots of sci-fi / fantasy books.  Perhaps because of this, the week’s topic was almost too overwhelming to tackle.

The finished work captures the feel of the sketch perfectly:

Myths II

The idea was to portray how different people espouse different sets of myths.  The hardest part was deciding which figures to use to represent the various beliefs.  There are so many out there; so many ways to approach the subject.  To the unbelieving, religions are myths, and then there are the ones that nobody truly believes.

The coyote is representing the more sacred belief systems, while the fairy and the dragon are a bit more fanciful.  Originally, the three were supposed to cover at least three continents-worth of mythology, but the dragon ended up looking much more in the European tradition than the Chinese, like I’d intended.

The scene is meant to depict a group of guys, one of whom is getting really swept up in whatever story he’s telling – sweeping his arms to illustrate the breadth of what he’s saying.  Meanwhile, the other two listen with some detachment.  They have their own favorite tales, after all.  The redhead is shrugging almost apologetically.

They are all surrounded by the visual embodiments of their tales.  The creatures are drawn in a different style – in a more direct application of line, with less detail and looser anatomy.  They are also in a different color.  Part of the purpose in drawing them this was just for the fun of drawing in two styles.  Part of it was to make it clear that they’re not really conjuring beasts, just imagining them.

The line-work on both the boys and the creatures was done in an initial color (deep brown and purple) then some dodge-and-burn effects were applied to give them a pulsating range of colors.  This same treatment was used a couple of weeks ago on “New Skin” as well.

My main gripe about this piece is the coloring.  I may find time to start from scratch and see if I can do better.  The muted scheme and the overall “mauve” palette is almost oppressive.  It’s still a pretty good piece, and it’s taught me a few lessons about what to do, and what not to do next time.  Please let me know what YOU think works, and what you’re less fond about.


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7 thoughts on “Myths

  1. Pingback: On the Wing « Gabriel Garbow | Artworks

  2. Hey Gabriel, overall I like the image 🙂 Here is a little feedback from me: The center figure—the storyteller, his shoulders should be below his outstretched arms, this should fix the foreshortening issue. Also, if you want his arms to stretch even more for greater effect, you don’t have to round the base of the arms connected to his body…the arm sockets should be slightly just under the shoulder line and extends to chest line… right now, his arms seems a little too short. I hope my input can help you and look forward to your interpretation of “wings” 😉

    • You are officially my favorite person of the week! Thank you for the pointers… I will not disappoint you with this week’s wings 😉 .

      I knew as I was drawing this that the center figure was not right… yet due to pointless stubbornness, I neglected to use either a mirror or another source of reference. Lesson learned.

      • i am glad i was able to help you! Yes its hard to draw perspective without a reference…when you get real good, you will be able to see the different body parts as shapes or blocks and that really helps your inner eye to see.

      • actually come to think of it, I may still have a pdf copy of the figure drawing process we used in school…i can dig it out and send it to you…it really helped me and still does whenever I am stuck…also there is a really great book on drawing the dynamic figure…which a lot of comic book guys use–I’ll see if I still have that too…its two totally different ways of drawing the figure, but both very helpful. One deals with static figure, and the other in motion.

  3. I like it, feels… active! That’s the point of myths right, take the words off the paper and make them alive!

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