Hypnos and Thanatos
So to talk more about this painting and why I chose to do it the way I did, I’ll start by saying that I have planned on painting them separately first and then doing this. And what I mean by that is that I wanted to paint their full character designs first, from head to toe.
As with a lot of my more recent pieces, these two had different plans. Showcasing their personalities and likeness as portraits seemed to be the best way to start - small.
I have always loved pushing myself to create art that makes people feel, and I find the easiest way to do that is to show emotion in my characters. I can’t say that I have done that with any of my pieces, as I prefer to leave it up to the viewer to decide if they feel something or not, but I feel like showing emotion comes easier to me when I paint portraits than when I paint full body character concepts.
I like to portray my characters in the simplest way I can, and if I can’t get their personalities into a portrait, then I know they need more work before I unveil them.
These two boys had personality in spades while I painted them, and I have more pieces already planned for each of them to try to capture more of that in other ways.
This painting is something I’ve been wanting to do for a few years. I have always been drawn to Hypnos and Thanatos from Greek mythology. I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s because they are so important but are almost never represented in traditional art or lore.
They are said to live in the Underworld with Hades in traditional mythology, and that is also true for Unspoken Gods. The difference lies in the fact that they travel between the kingdoms of Inferis and help both Hades and Pluto when necessary, as well as act as guardians for the Empress and Emperor of Inferis.
Hypnos comes off as being very standoffish to most. He has an arrogant air about him, and little patience for people who do not get right to their point. Of the two, he is the first to lose his temper in any situation.
Thanatos, on the other hand, is calm and quiet. He is much loved by the gods he mingles with, and admired by those he doesn’t, but his heart is taken. I can’t get too much into that just yet, though, as he’s a key player in the stories I’ll be introducing in the future.