Drawing Leonidas was something I was looking forward to. I decided ultimately to draw him with the back facing the viewer. I didn’t make this choice consciously, so when I thought about why I did so afterward, I realized that there’s no better face for him than that of Gerard Butler. We all kind of know what Leonidas looks like thanks to the 300 movie. In addition, sometimes drawing someone with their back facing the viewer can communicate a certain kind of stoicism; it gave Leonidas the feel I think he needed to have. Maybe I just idolize him a lot, so I can’t put a face to him. The Spartans in general were amazing; I read somewhere that they were asked not to participate in the Olympics because it was feared they would outperform other contenders too much.
In reality, though, I don’t think this image is the feel we’re going for with BtMC. I want something more action oriented that may even suggest his role in our game. I don’t think I’ve found the right pose yet, but I’m getting there. The only way to get it is to keep looking and keep drawing.
I love the internet, because it is the greatest resource for references for me. All a person has to do is develop the skill for searching for things. The internet is my image library, and I would recommend it to anyone. Make no mistake though, the internet does not replace a live model or 3-dimensional objects. To me, there is a big difference between a model and a reference. A model is the actual person or object in 3D, while a reference is more of something you happen across or an image in 2D. At least that’s my experience/take on the subject. Both are very good, and to me, very necessary.