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Godlings Faces - Tezcatlipoca by TheArtfulMegalodon Godlings Faces - Tezcatlipoca by TheArtfulMegalodon
*I'll take your requests on which god or goddess to do next; see below!*

I've been developing my Godlings characters bit by bit, and most recently I've been sketching busts of them to work out their primary features and colors.  I'll be posting them here, proof that I really do make art! ...just not finished art very often.  These character busts were meant to give me a reason to design the various minor characters that appear in Godlings, but also as an exercise to practice making distinctly different faces, something that I know a lot of comic artists struggle with, especially when it comes to pretty women.  These do not take into account full costumes that they might be wearing; they're just the base character, for my reference.

Most of the busts I've done so far are women, therefore.  I will eventually be getting to all the male faces as well.  And of course the Egyptians with their animal heads are a whole other issue.

You know him!  You love to hate him!  It's TEZCATLIPOCA!  One of my earliest god designs for Godlings, along with Quetzalcoatl (who's up next!).  He’s also one of the divine parents, to Chantico, if you recall.  I’ve drawn him many times before, but he’s been redesigned since his original conception.  Not by a lot, but enough.  For example, he used to have that odd crown of undefinable green blobby foliage, and now it is a beautiful crown of mosaic turquoises.  Also, he used to have a normal human skin color everywhere but his face with dark red tattoos, and now he is black all over, with yellow tattoos.  It is more accurate to the few remaining original depictions of him, and is a more striking design.  (The Aztecs were big on color association, and Tez was associated with the direction North and the colors yellow and black.  These were also the colors associated with Mictlan, their most undesirable underworld.  Tez was a primary deity, though, so they also called some of their other gods - who had their own names - “Tezcatlipoca” of a different color.  It’s a whole big thing, I’ve done way too much homework, you guys.) I’ve also drawn in the various costume elements you see, unlike the others, because being one of my old favorites he deserves the full treatment, I thought.  His name means “smoking mirror”, which was actually meant to mean obsidian, since obsidian has a “smoky” appearance, but it’s too late, I already designed him with actual smoke, so the obsidian mirror on his head does in fact smoke.

I look forward to doing the updated Quetzalcoatl next, but as I said before, I'll be showing a LOT of gods and goddesses in the opening chapters of Godlings, and it's nothing but good practice and good prep work to sketch out how I'm going to show them all.  If you've got a favorite amongst the Egyptians, the Greeks, the Norse, the Celtic, the Hindu, or the Aztec pantheons, let me know!  I might have them down as appearing in Godlings, and I'll take requests as to which bust sketches (like these) to make next!
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lynnajens Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2017  Hobbyist
Hey have you seen this project? I know you'll love it if you like Mayan gods:
bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dat turquoise crown doe!!!!!

He certainly looks cooler in contrast with Quetzalcoatl, and I'm also getting an "I'm better than you and everyone including you knows it" vibe. Even on such a stark background he embodies "Tall, Dark, Mysterious, And Also Kind Of A Dick But He's So Cool You'd Still Wanna Hang Out With Him". Excellent work!
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016
Thanks a lot!  He's also the star of my Halloween piece this year, where you can see him in a more properly dark environment.  I have always liked his design, I admit!
tea-for-me Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Manwe-Varda Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
TheArtfulMegalodon Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016
Glad you like it!
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