We will continue with our article from last week. A quick recap in case you missed it: We had started doing some research and then began designing the bosses of the game. We had Artemis, Apollo, Ares, and Athena.
Also, we had some problem with last week image sizes, so this week the images will be a bit jpegized (I love .png, but it’s maybe better leaving it for games).
Hera is Zeus’ wife, and considering that Zeus was going to be final boss, we thought of slipping her into one the game’s final stages as well. But later, when we started looking into Hades, we decided to put him near the game’s end (along with Zeus), so Hera will probably end up showing up a little bit earlier in the game.
From scratch I started a much more queensy look that with other gods. She has jewels all over her, and the Polos, which is like a crown.
Plus there was an important fact about Hera that we wanted to emphasize, that she bitterly transformed everyone she did not agree with into animals, so we wanted a grumpy old woman look, but at the same time young enough to match with Zeus.
Also, here is a little .gif of the process.
I start with some basic geometrical shapes to outline the body’s structure, then I make a standard woman body, which I will be using for all of the design tests with Hera. Finally, it’s a matter of throwing detail without thinking too much.
Aphrodite was quite a challenge. I spent a lot of time until I found some ground.
First of all, making her nude was not an option. Aphrodite is the goddess of marital love, but also of love outside of marriage, so she has a very robust erotic side. Making her naked would not generate anything erotic, it would had been simple and kitschy (if that’s a word). So we wanted to provoke the erotic side of Aphrodite, with some clothes on her.
The basics were a girdle and some cestus. These were both gifts from Hephaestus (worst wife gifts ever), who also forged a lot of jewelry for her.
We first thought of using transparencies, along with the girdle. But it gave her a middle eastern look which didn’t quite fit.
Later, we embraced the fact that, like Apollo from past week, they were all kinda naked. The majority of women had her breasts without any cloth. So we tried showing her boobs, and later showing just one. We are thinking of using the censored black box with her, which is a better fit than Apollo.
Hephaestus was one of the easy ones, but it still took me some time. The hard part was to find the body posture to suggest all of his illness.
In the first draft, I approach him like a block, which was kind of cool. Like all the gods, he had an stylization, making him less cartoony. In the first iteration, it went out too erect, so eventually I stooped him a bit, I made the body bigger, and his head much lower.
I wanted to made his overall (a constant that he always had) cover with leather and belts, because, belts.
Also, the hammer it’s not definitive, I want to make the hammer unique, not some Thor-esque thing, without any joke. We will see what can we do there.
Finally, I did’t have enough time make some more bald Hephaestus, as in the early concepts. I liked the idea of baldness (as the 60% of my characters in Rogue Legacy) for a blacksmith, but it sounded too much of a cliché.
Finally, for this week, I had to do Hades, which by far, it’s the most interesting god I had to concept. I didn’t quite nail it yet, but I liked some results enough to put them up here.
The first drafts came out kinda Jerry Garcia, I liked the idea of a good God. All of the gods, are your enemies, you have to fight them, but in the early myths Hades was not much of a jerk, like we can say about Hera or Zeus, he is often depicted as a balanced person, knowing his role in the cycle of life. Hollywood pretty much made us think of him as a bad guy. So I started with the cool, hipster – philosopher kind of guy.
I also tried a more grimmy look. Putting a hood in a character makes him automatically grimmy, so I started with that. Then I thought of chains, which keeping in mind his relation with death, was the logical conclusion.
In later attempts, I put him a mask with no face, and got very very creepy look, maybe a bit too much for the rest of the game.
Finally, it put him a beard, and it suited him well.
Anyway, I liked the RobinWilliamsInGoodWillHunting kind of thing from the first attempt.
Well, that’s all for this week. The next week will have the four final gods, and we will move on to something more technical, delivered to you by Sebastian.
Also, we were very happy about the reception of last week’s article. Thanks all of you for being awesome!