These are some of the stages I see him as according to the books but I wouldn’t say they all are 100% spot-on. In the first book it’s mentioned that he looks like a rhesus macaque so tried to make his fur light brown, red face and short tail. When making these I developed a head canon that his red face changes according to his level of confidence. His red butt tho, is canon. The Great Sage, 3heads&6arms-form and Buddha outfit was inspired from the 2011 TV series by Zhang Jizhong. The paper talisman bears the mantra ǎn ma ne bā mī hōng (Om Mani Padme Hum) that Buddha uses to seal him under the mountain.
If you get the chance to read Journey to the West pls do so, it’s very enjoyable and you get to learn much about the Handsome Monkey King and a bit of chinese mythology in general. Also it’s fun how Wukong gives no shit and kicks everyones asses (or in most cases just kills them)
Will you do more Journey to the West? I would love to see your progression designs fo the other characters, maybe some of the demons they fight too! Love your art style it fits perfectly with Chinese mythos! Have you been to China? Stay safe with the heatwave!
Nope, have never been to China - but I'm a little interested tbh
There's no heatwave in Denmark atm, there's a little grey drizzle outside rn hehe XD
I also like to research the religious and folklore influences on the book. I have several articles on historum. You might enjoys these two.
In any case that character is taken from Chinese mythology where Sun Wukong is the Monkey King. He has been depicted in a lot of games and books, even contemporary literature.
The red color of the face did you for the mask or the description 'Mandril' of the book?
It is one of the best drawings, since many people think of it as 'Hercules', when it is a 'dwarf'.
Sun Wukong drunk with all the wine from heaven
For a moment he owns the sacred weapons of Lao-Tse.
the iron fan.
Wukong have had many magical weapons in his hands during the journey but he always had to give them back to their original owner. The only weapon he owns is the as-you-will gold-banded iron cudgel.