Iemanjá/Yemoja

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Hi everyone,

Here is a new work I did.
This is Iemanjá/Yemoja, one of the main orishas of the afro-brazilian and yoruba religions. I wanted to show a different version of her, inspired by the shapes and powers of the sea. I did this image for the wonderful “Contos de Òrun Àiyé”, a comic book project by Hugo Canuto. More details about it here (portuguese only).

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I did a good research, learning some important aspects of her: she is a mother, queen of the sea, sometimes called and depicted as a mermaid. Symbols: the waning moon, starfish, waves, pearls.

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I ended up with the mermaid version, since in my opinion it was more primal and symbolic and had a good balance between power and beauty with a unique shape and silhouette.

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The final design is made to enhance the mother characteristics: big belly and breasts, the body paint of the womb (she gave birth to almost all deities). You can see my exploration and final design of the fan/mirror.

And here is a little making of.

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Orixás – Oxalá

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The main, more realistic version

This is my take on Oxalá / Oxalufã / Obatalá, one of the main deities of the Candomblé and Umbanda brazilian religions.

I have always been fascinated by the intricacies of the great Orixá pantheon, with so many unique characters.
I decided to start studying and getting deeper into the legends, beliefs and rich stories to portray each Orixá / Orisha.

Oxalá / Obatalá is one of the oldest and most powerful orixás, being responsible for the birth of human beings and the creation of the world. Its color is white and it carries a wooden scepter called opaxorô, which it can use to divide the world in two, if needed.

I went for a more african design, since the original beliefs came from the yoruba people of Africa. The crown is based on the nigerian yoruba crown, or ade / adenla. I decided to make the beads longer to represent power and mystery.

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An alternative version, trying a cartoon style

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Another quick alternative version, going for more details in the dress and beads

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I first start with pencil sketches, exploring different ideas

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Then I went to 3ds Max to quickly model the character to help with 2D

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The beauty pass + ambient occlusion

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I decided to go back to pencil drawings to help with the pose and overall design. This is how I came up with the crown

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Starting to integrate things and doing a paintover

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The ornaments I did for the main design. Some I didn’t end up using

Olodumare e Iemanjá e a criação do mundo

Olodumare and Iemanja

” Olodumare-Olofim vivia só no Infinito,

cercado apenas de fogo, chamas e vapores,

onde quase nem podia caminhar.

Cansado desse seu universo tenebroso, (…)

decidiu pôr fim àquela situação.

Libertou as suas forças e a violência

delas fez jorrar uma tormenta de águas.

As águas debateram-se com rochas que nasciam

e abriram no chão profundas e grandes cavidades.

A água encheu as fendas ocas,

fazendo-se os mares e oceanos, (…)

Do que sobrou da inundação se fez a terra.

Na superfície do mar, junto à terra,

ali tomou seu reino Iemanjá,

com suas algas e estrelas-do-mar,

peixes, corais, conchas, madrepérolas.

(…)

Olodumare e Iemanjá, a mãe dos orixás,

dominaram o fogo no fundo da Terra

(…)

Iemanjá encantou-se com a Terra

e a enfeitou com rios, cascatas e lagoas.

(…)

Quando tudo estava feito

e cada natureza se encontrava na posse de um dos filhos de Iemanjá,

Obatalá, respondendo diretamente às ordens de Olorum,

criou o ser humano.

E o ser humano povoou a Terra.

E os orixás pelos humanos foram celebrados.”

PRANDI, Reginaldo. Mitologia dos Orixás. São Paulo: Companhia das Letras, 2001, pgs. 380-381.