I thought itd be fun to track the process behind creating the designs for the greek gods project I'm working on. I ended up starting with Hermes because he is an old favorite of mine. There were a lot of sketches leading up to this overall look but here's a glimpse at the rough sketches once I settled on his design.
I wanted him to feel light and airy so I kept him pretty lean without a lot of bulky muscles. When I think of people flying I almost always go to the superman pose in my head. Instead I tried to think of people that seem to defy gravity, acrobats, gymnists, ect. I remembered watching videos of skateboarders in animation class and that caught my attention. They seem to suspend themselves in the air during tricks so I really honed in on them when coming up with poses. I thought it was pretty appropriate. He's one of the younger Olympian gods so I wanted him to feel more youthful and the skateboarding influence really reinforced his childish nature.
For his costuming I wanted so keep it pretty clean. I was playing with the idea of him carrying a bag or something to visually show him as a messenger but ultimately I felt it was too heavy handed and just made him feel cluttered/weighed down.... not really what I was going for. Instead I focused more of the traveling aspect of his myths. I gave him the classic winged sandals and designed him caduceus as more of a walking stick. Game of Thrones has so many amazing costumes I always find myself using them as a reference. The traveling cloak is based off of Jaime Lannisters' costume when he decides to go north at the end of season 8 (sorry for the spoiler). I loved its simplicity and the way it fashioned off to one side instead of at the center. For the color palette I went with gold. While I was doing my research I found a couple of sources that had gods associated with certain colors. Hermes was associated with gold. I'll continue to give each god/goddess a dominant color in their designs but I probably wont go full monochromatic.