Character of the Week #369

Character of the Week #369
Modern Selene, Goddess of the moon

Deadline – Sunday, January 11th 10PM GMT

The Greek gods have stayed out of humanity’s affairs for quite some time now. So instead they spend their time with their own kind. But some who have always had an interest in humans still stay close. Selene, the goddess of the moon, takes on a human form and roams among us, as if she were a mortal. She is pale in complexion and has long, light golden hair. She is always marked with the symbol of the moon.

The Guidelines:

  • Must be human
  • Must be female
  • Dressed in modern clothing.
  • Has the symbol of the moon somewhere.
  • Backgrounds are acceptable.
My initial sketches.  I had first thought to make her a photographer, so she’d have a reason to be out and about observing humans unnoticed.  Then I thought about a silent and less obvious observer, like someone sitting on a bench reading a book… which somehow turned into her sitting on a rooftop with the moon in the background.
I felt she was coming off a little bit more childish than I’d wanted so still being early into the whole thing I scrapped the idea and started fresh.
Feels strange to admit that I spent so much time looking through dresses to find a coat that looked both like a coat and a dress and that it felt both modern and fashionable, but an artist has to do what an artist has to do.  I might post some of the other reference images I used later.
Started off really loosy goosy, drawing at 6.25% of the canvas size.
Lowered the opacity on the line work and created a new layer on top, this time I created some guide lines to help me get the proportions correct.  I started working at 12.5% at this point and increased the opacity of the brush I was using for a more ink-like line, but still light enough to see what’s going on underneath.
Took that layer and lowered the opacity on it and started drawing again.  Correcting lines, and adding some more detail.
My initial reaction was to give her straight hair, so naturally I gave her curly hair instead.  I’ve thought about giving her a purse and maybe a Starbucks cup in her hands, but haven’t decided.  I’d also like to give the impression of her walking on the streets of a big city, but not putting too much detail in the other people walking by.
Something like this where the pedestrians are out of focus and the focal point is Selene.  We’ll see.
“In order to get from what was to what will be, you must go through what is.”  –Unknown

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