The Goddess Complex: Durga | Pen & Ink

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Recently, people all over the world celebrated the ten-day long battle waged against evil by the fierce goddess of war, Durga. Given all the food, festivities, and fantastic merriment, it's hard not to get to know a little bit more about this powerful goddess who is believed to be made from pure energy.

The only solution left was the creation of a woman who possessed the ultimate power to fight and defeat Mahishasur. Pure energy blazed forth from Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva - the trinity forming the pure energy of Godhood, all concentrating at one point that took the form of Goddess Durga.

It's hard not to feel inspired after reading about this extremely powerful and fierce goddess of war who came to be the "only solution" that the world had left in an epic war. Here's my rendition, albeit I might have taken too many liberties when it came to the symbolism of her goddess form.

When I first started on this piece, I had no intention of going any further than a simple pencil sketch. Here's what it looked like when I first started:

It didn't look good, and I figured later that it was because I was about to fall very ill. After a day or two vegging out on the couch with binge-watching Pride and Prejudice (the 1995 BBC version), I went back to it. After tapping my chin while staring at the red pencil sketch, I was like 'Ink!'. Why? 'Because inktober?' That's proof that I never have any plans.

After the first round of trying to figure out which I want to use water or not, it looked even worse than the pencil sketch. See for yourself:

Yeah, I know. It looks bad. Real bad. But forge ahead, I did. So, armed with a 0.1mm Brustro pen, I added the lines in. Then, with a 0.3mm and then a 0.8mm. And then, I stopped. The roaring lion got some strokes of a magenta color pencil and the rest of the artwork got the same with a yellow-orange one.

Now it didn't look too bad. There are so many things I did wrong in this one but hey, practice, practice, practice!


Ray out! Peace!  

Photo credit: me of course:)



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