Greek gods and goddesses have long been central characters in mythology and have shown up many times in the art world. From ancient vases and sculpture to large paintings, these epic characters have long captured our imagination.
Greek Gods and Goddesses, the Superheroes of Their Time
These days we have superheroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Iron Man and Captain America. Back then people had demigod heroes like Hercules as well as the larger god figures like Zeus, Apollo, Athena, Poseidon, Ares and more. These larger-than-life figures featured prominently in societies and the stories that were spread around.
Many different versions of the Greek gods and goddesses can be seen. Zeus is the king of the gods as well as the god of thunder. In Disney’s animated Hercules he is a concerned father. In many of the mythological tales, Zeus is actually the cause of a lot of problems that Olympus and the other gods face.
One of my favorite tales from Greek mythology is the story of Demeter, Persephone and Hades. I love that the Greeks thought up this specific story of Hades kidnapping Persephone and Demeter mourning her absence to explain the changing of the seasons.
The Art of Mythology
In Manga Magic by Supittha “Annie” Bunyapen, she explores mythical characters from Greek and Japanese tales. These stories have been told for generations but sometimes a few secrets have been kept from the history books. That’s your chance as an artist to bring them to life! You can interpret character details and make your own version of these classic characters.
To help you learn how to draw and paint these Greek gods and goddesses, we’ve pulled together a series of techniques and demonstrations from Manga Magic into a free downloadable guide. Head on over to the link and enjoy more than 30 pages of great content on mythology art!
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