During my sculpting class at uni, I made this interpretation of the Egyptian god of the sun Ra. I know that Ra is usually represented with falcon head, in the form of Ra-Horakhty; However, this is actually a composite of the gods Ra and Horus. I chose to represent my character in human form, only the god Ra.
He was sculpted from scratch in ZBrush, you can see some of my process in the previous post here.
I designed this pirate character for my Concept Art studies at university. He is grounded in the Thracian culture, with some fantasy artistic license. I’ve still got to shade him, and add colours. Thracians are rustic people, but good warriors. They adopted some of Greek civilization, and were also influenced by Persians and Celts.
As rustic people, the Thracians worshipped Dionysus Sabazios (god of wine and wilderness), Bendis (huntress goddess similar to Artemis), the god of music Apollo, the Thracian Horseman, and Ares (god of war). They didn’t recognize the hierarchy of Olympian gods and worshipped them all as equals. Solar gods were worshipped at the mountains, and Lunar gods in forests.
Thracians had bad rep as barbarians and pirates. They were often mercenary soldiers in the Greek world, and many were slaves. Some notable Thracians are the musician Orpheus, who charmed animals, and the rebel Spartacus.
Here’s a sculpt that I did in ZBrush, using ZSpheres to create the initial mesh, and then building up the muscles on top. This mesh is for my character Helios who is the Titan God of the Sun.