It’s been a long year of work, so without further ado, I present to you the 9 Muses series. I started this project early in the year as a means to have something more “high art” for Illuxcon coming up next month. I was inspired to redraw an old piece from high school where I was very much obsessed with classical culture and studying Latin and Greek. This new fire for Latin and Greek came from playing the popular “Hades” game, which has a fresh take on the pantheon, and an art direction I would love to be a part of.
The original was a scene at the base of Mt. Helena, with all nine dancing and singing together, and while it probably would have been less work to do them all together in one piece, I thought it would better showcase the characters to have individual pinups. Each Muse has a very unique personality, instrument, and set of wings. Oddly enough, depending on which mythos you read they are described to have wings that carry them swiftly to the person invoking their name, so it felt appropriate to add them in.
There was some difficulty in packing the piece with everything I wanted for symbiology, but when it comes to art, less is more in most cases. I feel that there’s not much room for middleground amounts of content in a piece, either go all in or not at all. I also say that I wanted something more “High Art” because after doing Illuxcon in 2021, I felt almost like I embarrassed myself by being there. While others had fan art, I stuck to original art, but my booth layout screamed convention artist. It did not go unnoticed, and someone gave some unsolicited advice saying as such. Saying that it “didn’t belong.” So I hope to change up the look of the booth to match the venue and find some clients in need of illustration work.
You can see all of 9 of the Muses here. Thanks for reading and hope to see you at Illuxcon!