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    IOW #23 - Aphrodite Rises from the Seafoam

    IOW #23 - Aphrodite Rises from the Seafoam

    Illustration of the Week #23: Aphrodite Rises from the Seafom

    This is a one week topic. This weeks topic was suggested by RomanDavis.

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    This weeks topic is : Aphrodite Rises from the Seafom.
    This week your task is to depict the birth of a god. Aphrodite (sometimes called Venus) rising from the seafoam created from Uranus' severed genitals.
    Those Greeks were a grisly bunch. Wikipedia has more information about the topic at hand.

    Many famous artists throughout time has tried their hand to depict this scene. Feel free to increase your art history knowledge by looking around!



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    This is perfect, thanks! One of my favourite paintings is The birth of Venus by Alexandre Cabanel. But, I think I want to try something darker, see you Sunday.
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    Some famous examples for inspiration
    The most famous example is, of course, Botticelli
    Attachment 1467204

    Cabanel
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    Moreau
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    And the always underappreciated Bouguereau
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    The most beautiful thing we can experience is the
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    can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe,
    is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.
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    Kafka - So glad you mentioned Bouguereau! He was so very brilliant, and one of my top five all time favourite artists. Thanks for linking the paintings too.

    Here is my start. Three quick sketches for ideas. The first is a classical pose, the second more abstract / negative space, and the third a futuristic interpretation, inspired by Giger, a biomechanical Aphrodite.

    Next, references, research (excuse to look at more paintings), figure out a scene and final pose.
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    This is what I have so far.
    I used a photo as a placeholder, because I'm not sure how I'll position Aphrodite, yet. Hoping to experiment with the texture of sea foam.

    @Kafka Dreams: Thanks for those pics! Aside from being good references, they're absolutely stunning pieces of art.
    @Dayle: Even though those are quick sketches, I like their compositions. I find them interesting. If you decide to do a Giger-inspired Aphrodite (which I think is a terrific idea), you should go all the way. Giger's biomechanical pieces are intricate and interconnected that mesh the figure with the environment (like this). Giger's work is also very sexual, which is fitting considering the subject matter.
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    Nice subject, I think I'll have a bash at this one.

    Dayle nice ideas I like the Giger inspired one very much, you could go so many ways with it, I like the idea of her being created and we're seeing her half finished, I can imagine aspects of the environment around her being used to create her too, like she is being sculpted from the sand or something.

    Bellhop I like the dreamy quality of the image, would work better compositionally if she wasn't in the middle though apart from that I'm interested to see where it goes.

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    Thanks for the comments guys. I really like the idea of interconnectivity and sculptural forms, will be a challenge to try and do my own interpretation here.

    Tonights work, blocking in shapes and getting the composition down.
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    Love the topic, got an idea for this one. Here's my first sketch, gonna try to work on it a lot today. Also, these are the two reference images that I'm primarily using:
    http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/...F1854061&qo=34
    http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/...F1854061&qo=86

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    I like your conception JeiWo. Having her emerge but unconscious, like she has been cast out of the sea is brilliant.
    "Creativity emerges only when the imagination is given the freedom it deserves."

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    JeiWo: Donato Giancola has some images a bit like yours. Take a look and maybe you can see how he handles a few areas which you may want to treat similarly in your piece:
    http://www.donatoart.com/gallery/search.html
    http://www.donatoart.com/gallery/goldenroseb.html
    http://www.donatoart.com/gallery/shamanslossb.html
    http://www.donatoart.com/gallery/venusawakeningb.html
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    Razorleaf- Thanks, glad you like the idea. I also had the idea of making her look actually rustled and dirty, like she would be if she just woke up in the sea with seafoam all around her. Haven't quite got that dirtiness yet though, it's still pretty clean looking. Still gotta figure out what details I want in there.

    Andrew Sonea- Man I WISH I could paint like Donato, he's amazing, especially considering they're all in oil... Great reference, these are a huge help. He sure knows how to paint a figure...

    Here's where I'm at. Not sure how close I am to finished, but it's getting there. Gonna take another look at it tomorrow. I'm looking forward to seeing some more entries!

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    I think this'll be my final. I kinda want to completely redo the face, or at least the hair, but I'll probably do that at a later date. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

    Figured I should make her more blonde since she's usual depicted that way. Too bad I suck at painting blonde hair, let alone wet blonde hair...So yeah might take another stab at that another time.

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    Really cool, JeiWo!

    I am going to try this one too. Though I may started a bit late ^^;

    Edit: forgot to attach it xD
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    Aphrodite Rises from the Seafoam

    Not exactly what I was going for but I like it ...
    "Creativity emerges only when the imagination is given the freedom it deserves."

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