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Xangô / Sango, the lord of fire, lightning and justice

Xangô / Sango, one of the main orishas of the afro-brazilian and yoruba religions. I wanted to show him using more details that connected him to his origins, to Africa.

According to my research (mostly based on brazilian religions), he is a deity of justice, fire, ligthning and stone. From the stories I have read and worshipping methods, he was a prince and warrior, with a reckless temperament. Usually worshipped with the colors white, red and brown, he is also depicted in the religions shirtless and with dreads. I also wanted to show him with his thunder stone pouch and wood object that controls rain.

Based on all of it I tried to put some elements that showed fire and lighting and also justice and balance (such as the diamond shape in the body paint). The double-bitted axe, called oxé, was based on real designs of it that are used for worship, as well as yoruba wood sculptures.

I did this character for "Spirit Wars", a comics series by Vortex Comics from Nigeria.

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Final image

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Image research and books I used to learn more about the deity

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First batch of concepts. Trying to find the right balance between prince/fire and thunder deity/warrior

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Second batch of concepts. Further exploration of ornaments and headdresses, this time using a bit more the axe and lightning motifs.

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Final design and axe shape exploration

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3ds Max viewports, showing some shaders and lighting setup

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Final design of oxé