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June 6, 2008
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Perseus and Andromeda by Himmapaan Perseus and Andromeda by Himmapaan
*N.B. Please read the description through (including the one in the linked rough) before rebuking my mythological information. Thank you!

Final colour piece (at long last) of this rough: [link]
Sample illustration for Templar Publishing.

Pen & ink and watercolour, 210 x 297 mm.

Scanned for me by the wonderful ~slightlytriangle from a colour photocopy.

I scribbled a little Conté crayon over some areas of the sky and used some of it for the reflected lightning in the clouds - sadly, the copy has made this rather harsher and grainier than it actually is in the original.

Sharp eyed observers will not only notice the slight change in the background rocks for a better composition. The art director at Templar (a UK publisher) reminded me of the strangely prudish attitude of American children's publishers (just as a matter of course, in the event that co-editions might arise), who would be sure to balk at even the kind of chaste nudity with which Andromeda is here depicted (incidentally, I much prefer her in the rough as a better drawing), so more hair had to be strategically blown to cover her one visible breast. They would even go so far as to find discomfort in Pegasus' genitalia (I kid you not). As there was no way I could cover this, however, I simply had to avoid drawing it altogether.

For an idea of the in-progress work on this, please see the bottom of this journal entry: [link]


*Though not originally conceived for it, this deviation is eligible and has therefore been entered into ~Flynn-the-cat's competition on the theme of 'Flight' (a wonderfully versatile theme - details in Flynn's journal). Call it an incidental entry, if you will.


**If viewers wish to see this even larger for details (though I think this is just about comfortable viewing), this can be edited. Please let me know.
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Absolutely amazing!!!!
ILove1Direction123 Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Cool :D !! *Ran outta words; to amazed*
Cool art. Wasn't the original Pegasus colored black?
darktear83 Jun 3, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
that's a masterpiece!!!! i love it!!
Well geez. I could stare at this for a while the colors are so amazing
wow this is amazing! This is one of those pictures I could stare at for hours. As a fan of Nordic and Greek mythology, I don't seem to find many images in that genre that are so eye-catching. I really like this, I think you did a fantastic job and it's very inspiring!
nat-ong Aug 21, 2008  Student General Artist
absolutely beautiful!
i love the details and the colors!
i lol-ed at the part where you were talking about prudish attitude of American children's publishers :D
elizabethunseelie Aug 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This has a wonderful classic illustration feeling to it. The textures are incredible.
Nv8x Jul 1, 2008  Student General Artist
Wow! This is beautiful! I like the colours! :D :+fav:
K0R2N3H Jun 20, 2008   Interface Designer
This is now one of my most fave pieces of all time. Seriously! The colors are amazing, but scans always ruin everything, I wish that I could see this in person. It would have 10x the kickassery that it has now. ;)

Yea, I hate America... there was a children's book that mentioned a dog (the main character) getting his scrotum bit or something, and parents all went in a tizzy about it. Seriously... we're such sissy's now it isn't even funny. Didn't the original sketch have the Pegasus' genitals on there? Or did you even show the sketch?
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