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.