Here is a drawing of the goddess Athena, one of a handful of Olympians I have recently drawn. I thought it would be nice to retrain myself to draw people by starting with random images from the internet. Here, I used a photo by Jasper Johal (a series about “the body as temple”) as the model- in the pic she was doing some sort of yoga pose, and the forward thrust of her torso seemed so dramatic to me, it reminded me of the “birth” of Athena from Zues’ head. I added the armor, the explosion of light. To hide the funny pose of her legs, I added the clothing as if it was coming from the viewer’s left toward Athena, and wrapping around her like a snake.
I did the pencil drawing the day after Christmas, and the computer paint-over in January after I bought a tablet. It was my second tablet drawing ever- and still is ten times better than the two or three I’ve done since (in my opinion).