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Garuda subduing a serpent
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Published: February 13, 2006
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Project from my pastels class. We had to illustrate or create an image based on a myth or mythology from any culture. So yeah...that only left about 20 billion options. I ended up just doing Garuda battling a naga/serpent. I kinda had fun with the naga's design XD
I forgot his belly button. Noooooo!

Done all in pastels. Digital photo of the original.

I know there are a bajillion versions of Garuda, and I stuck with a really colorful, cutesy interpretation for this but its not really how I ever pictured him. I mean he had the jewelry and crown and long hair and earrings but I always drew him with more feathers, more white (instead of bright red and yellow wings), and different colored talons and beak. I made his head more bird like too because dammit human heads + beaks are HARD.

And those wings are a disgrace to humanity :{
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Shutter Speed
10/1250 second
Focal Length
16 mm
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mikalover139's avatar
The detail is awesome!
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paradoxistruthStudent General Artist
I love your comment about the wings :) It is good to hear someone else criticize their work, but not overly so. Just being real.
Marianafix's avatar
Nice work, beautful
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LegionaryMarioStudent General Artist

I <3 Hindu mythology lol.
Tigerblock's avatar
LOL! Would Garuda have been born to have a belly button? XD Nice work; cool that you made the reptile look slimy too.
chasmosaur's avatar
Human heads + beaks are HOTTT

but then I'm weird like that
notreallypurple's avatar
This is more amazing than I know how to say. o.o The wash even has that beautiful old antiquey look that the manuscripts have.
AlexandreLancaster's avatar
Excellent – one of your best works.

xxsqueekbatxx's avatar
pastels are totally the new markers. I've been messing around with them lately muself. well done :)
silvanoir's avatar
Nice to see mythological beings that others don't draw that much.

Human heads and beaks do seem awkward, but you did a good job on it.

I coudln't get that level of color and detail on my pastels, the stuff is too messy for me.
oneirogenic's avatar
Eee, very neat. I love seeing Hindu-inspired art around...its myths are always overshadowed by other cultures'.

This has such a neat illustrative look about it. The Naga is excellent!
korndoll's avatar
This looks fantastic! I really love the colours. You have done such a great job <3
sneaky8's avatar
Your art just makes me happy. =) I really like the way you envisioned the naga.
Marshroots's avatar
Oh, this is lovely! The colouring looks very professional. :)
linka-chan's avatar
OMG! Amazing! I love the colours.
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AngelusNoirProfessional General Artist
Great work!:-) In pastel, it's fabulous, as it's such a hard medium if you want to correct, :clap:, well done! I wouldn't worry about the navel thing...I don't ever give my angels & gods navels, because they were divinely created!!:D
starbones's avatar
this turned out wonderfully! i'm glad you kept Naga's head serpentine instead of making it human-like.
looks amazing m'dear. you do very well with pastels (envy!!)
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ENVY for using a media in such an amazing way- I hate pastels/chalk/charcoal THAT STUFF with a fiery passion -______-

this is stunning per usual ;o;
minuu's avatar
that's the HAPS
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ESGHobbyist General Artist
Looks very much like an authentic indian painting. Your ability to capture a soft earthy-ness to your work has me entranced! (haha I sound so pretentious. But honestly, I love your artwork so much!)
BlkDragon96's avatar
the lines of the feathers on the wings on the right seem like red yarn improperly tacked up that has come undone and is starting to fall off :/
but it all blows my mind, specially for pastels!
i like how the texture of the paper adds to the surpent's skin and the patches of blue sky and clouds
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frecklefaced29Professional Traditional Artist
it's incredible! :omg:
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...It's's's awesome.. 0.0
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