40 Drawings in 40 Days – #18 – Ares

Ares is the god of War (Mars being his Roman equivalent) and is one of the offspring of Zeus and Hera and one of the Twelve Olympians (the chief gods) so he’s a pretty big deal figure in Greek Mythology.  As the god of war, Ares had a dual role to play in that he inspired courage on the field of battle but, on the other hand, he was also the one whipping up the conflict in the first place.  Indeed, his sons Phobos and Deimos represent terror and fear, just to underline the fact that those are the responses Ares elicited with his war-mongering ways.  Ares’ throne was upholstered with human skin and Spartan kids sacrificed puppies to him.  Nice.

Despite being a god of War, Ares was not averse to getting embroiled in matters of love – or at least lust.  Through dalliances with a long list of women, he produced scores of offspring.  His most famous affair, of course, was with Aphrodite.  Helios, the sun god, spied Ares and Aphrodite canoodling and reported this to Hephaestus, the goddess of love’s husband.  He then constructed a net so fine it was almost invisible and ensnared the lovers in it, humiliating them by inviting all his Olympian friends to come and gawk at them.  Mortified Ares then scuttled off to Thrace to lick his wounds.

I struggled quite a bit with drawing Ares.  I aspired to convey his callousness, to capture his cruelty, but I am not sure I did so convincingly.  Not knowing much about Ancient Greek armour, I borrowed the shape of his helmet from the famous statue of Ares that stood in Hadrian’s Villa.  I fussed and fidgeted with the sketch and erased a lot until I arrived at something I was satisfied enough with, if not entirely happy.

18b - Ares

My fidgeted Ares sketch

I decided to make Ares look militaristic by giving him the look of some kind of brutish drill sergeant.  I also wanted to make his face quite angular, with sharp lines to imply harshness.  I gave him a pugilistic jutting chin and a downturned mouth, all taciturn and coiled violence.  I opted for red for his helmet’s plume and his collar since red has connotations of anger and aggression.

18c - Ares


I am not entirely happy with this drawing but time was very much of the essence today so this effort will have to do.

6 thoughts on “40 Drawings in 40 Days – #18 – Ares

    • I’m always happy to be inspirational. In 2012 I did a Drawing a Week challenge. That time my kids chose zombies as the theme. I thought that was hard then but a drawing every day is much harder. Aside from the time management issue, however, I am thoroughly enjoying the challenge. It’s great getting back into the habit of drawing regularly and taking time out for myself each day too. Plus I’m blogging every day about each drawing which gives me blog practice to boot. So I hope you do set yourself a challenge and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Thanks for reading and commenting. 🙂

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