Constellation of Pegasus


Joined December 2014

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Below is the article i posted on the Threadless site as an effort to enrol in the open contest under the theme of the Greek Mythology.

“When i first started working on this illustration, I had to say that it wasn’t my intention to create an image of the Pegasus. At that time which was a week ago, I just wanted to illustrate something like horse statues on a weird location with some strange weather, but each time (it’s the umpteen times now) I resumed on this work, some subtle changes that were meant to enhance the visual aesthetic values takes me a step closer to the Greek Mythology.

It was like, oh…now that i had 2 horse statues, should i add something that is alive like a unicorn? but I said to myself, having a winged horse is quite interesting too, then i added the pegasus in, and my initial illustration had a bunch of other elements like lanterns and sea with strong waves and the jungle and the houses, then when i wanted to resume the next evening, I realised it had too many elements in it I wasn’t too sure what to look at first. As a result, I ditched the sea, the lanterns, the river, the jungle, the horse statues and even the land itself leaving just the pegasus flying on the sky with stormy weather.

The next time I resumed my work, i thought, it would be interesting to see the Pegasus being hit by lightning. What a mean guy i know :P… But i thought it would add that little kick in my illustration… Then i started to think that maybe this lightning was more than just nature phenomenon and maybe there was someone whom has the invisible power to conjure it up. So I added a hand that spreads thunder.

It came to give a name to this artwork and so I asked my close friends for some inspirational title, they were helpful and suggested title like: the last flight, the last pegasus and so on. I wasn’t unhappy with the names that they suggested but I thought maybe i could still find out a little bit more about the Pegasus and googled: who killed pegasus? Hoping that by understand a bit about him, it could give me a fresh perspective and new understanding to the mythology. And then I found out a bit more about this winged horse. That he was the son of the great Poseidon and Medusa, and that he wasn’t killed but to made constellation by Zeus. I was really pleased but at the same time it gave me goose bumps of how my random illustration had evolved and joint paths with the Greek mythology.

The powerful hand, the lightning, and the accidental Pegasus ( I did think of Unicorn at one time) all emerged as one in this illustration to a story so compelling to be told.

Hope you enjoy this piece and thanks for stopping by to read this excerpt from the neighbour site.


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