Last year I did a new yoruba deity, this time for a Nigerian comics series called “Spirit Wars” from Vortex Comics.
Now I am able to show it to you.
This is Xangô / Sango, one of the main orishas of the afro-brazilian and yoruba religions. Continuing the line I started with my previous Yemoja / Iemanjá, I wanted to show him using more details that connected him to his origins, to Africa.
Some of the images used as references and the books I read to do my research
According to my research (mostly based on brazilian religions), he is a deity of justice, fire, ligthning and stone. From the stories I have read and worshipping methods, he was a prince and warrior, with a reckless temperament. Usually worshipped with the colors white, red and brown, he is also depicted in the religions shirtless and with dreads. I also wanted to show him with his thunder stone pouch and wood object that controls rain.
First batch of concepts. Trying to find the right balance between prince/fire and thunder deity/warrior
Second batch of concepts. Further exploration of ornaments and headdresses, this time using a bit more the axe and lightning motifs.
Final design and axe shape exploration
Based on all of it I tried to put some elements that showed fire and lighting and also justice and balance (such as the diamond shape in the body paint). The double-bitted axe, called oxé, was based on real designs of it that are used for worship, as well as yoruba wood sculptures.
3ds Max viewports, showing some shaders and lighting setup
ZBrush screens of oxé
Final Oxé design