Character art tutorial, Athena

Character art tutorial, Athena. In this tutorial, I will show you step by step process how to draw and paint a character art Goddess Athena. Athena is the great Olympian goddess of wise counsel, war, the defence of towns, heroic endeavour, weaving, pottery and other crafts. She was depicted crowned with a crested helm, armed with shield and spear, and wearing the snake-trimmed aigis cloak wrapped around her breast and arm, adorned with the monstrous head of the Gorgon.

This is a second part of a character design tutorial. You can see part one at thumbnails for character art Athena. Like I mentioned, most of the concept art begin with simple origin, even if it is a complex idea. What I usually aim for whenever I design a character is visually interesting or super cool silhouette for a character. In this illustration or character art, I have the description from a client then I work on the illustration as close to the description as I can.
This is the description of a character Athena, “Athena, daughter of Zeus, she is the goddess of wisdom. She is a beautiful and noble young woman. She wears a loose and revealing blue robe. Both the robe and her hair blow in the wind. She carries a spear and shield. The shield is polished to a mirror shine, and is decorated with a carving of Medusa’s head. The spear is bronze and magical. A shining helmet with a long blue plume rests on top her head. An owl soars above her shoulder.”

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Athena character art

Below are step by step painting process of a Goddess Athena.  I usually start with monochrome painting.  It is usually came from the final comps that I decided to make it a finished illustration.  Step two, I then apply some base color before I go any further.  Step three, I painted slimmer dress and changed her helmet to be more Spartan like.  Step four, I lighten up her dress more and add reddish hue to her skin tone.

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character art tutorial Athena

Step five,  I refined her armband and straighten up the spear.  Step six, I paint the spear’s head to make it more metallic.  Step seven, I add more detail to the shield and made it bronze.  Step eight, I added more light and folding to her dress then touch up her skin color.  Then I process to final illustration.

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Athena character art

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About Xia Taptara

Xia Taptara (黃曉聲 Huang XiaoShēng), currently a freelance concept artist for games and films, formerly a character concept artist for ArenaNet/NCsoft (GuildWars & Guildwars 2). I also work on various projects for Game of Thrones, Square-Enix, Paizo Publishing, Fantasy Fight Games, Disney Interactive, and many publishers & clients. I use Wacom Tablet Intuos and Photoshop CS2,3,4,5 to do most of my professional art work. I use pencil, pen, and traditional medium in my free time. I founded ( in 2007 to motivate myself to create more and better art. Also I get to draw and paint whatever the hell I want to. Hopefully I can inspired some young soul and old soul alike. *QUESTIONS & COMMENT: PLEASE POST THEM ON THE BLOG. Or CONTACT ME via idrawgirls Facebook page. DO NOT E-MAIL ME. Thank you. ;-)
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