Character Designs for a Fantasy Story: Sky King. Pencil and colored pencil on toned paper. 9”x4.5”
Zeus/Jupiter held sway in the heavens through force of arms more than anything else: this is the dynamic I want to explore in the celestial segments of my story. His father Cronus, the previous sky god, had overthrown his father Uranus, and became so paranoid that he ate his children to avoid suffering the same fate. And suffer it he did, in the end, despite his best efforts. Zeus/Jupiter was similarly paranoid, and ate his lover Metis, fearing that her child would overthrow him. This kingly paranoia is fascinating to me as it mirrors so closely the fate of some of the Roman emperors, who became so paranoid of assassination that they seemed completely mad.
I’ve given this hybrid god king the horns of Jupiter Ammon. I’ve also made him a god of the sun as well as of storms, since they’re two sides of the same coin: he’s the god of the sky: king of the heavens.