Depict an imposing sea god
Follow Dave Kendall as he paints Poseidon rising from the depths to aid Jason and the Argonauts in their heroic quest
Dave Kendall illustrates a dynamic Poseidon.
When the request to paint Poseidon landed in my inbox, the first image to come to mind was of the scene in the 1963 film Jason and the Argonauts, when Poseidon rises from the sea to hold the Symplegades, otherwise known as the Clashing Rocks, apart. Although I initially moved away from this concept, I quickly returned once it was clear that ImagineFX wanted a dynamic and actionpacked image.
I want to explore aspects of painting waves and seascapes, drawing on the amazing paintings of the Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky as inspiration. He produced some of the best seascapes or raw power ever committed to canvas, and is my first stop if I want to paint waves. Every time I see his work, I wonder at the fact they were painted before photographs and film even existed.
I approach this image in a traditional sense, in as much as it’s a rendering of a carefully planned drawing. As I paint this image I try to keep in mind the dynamic nature of the scene and its environment. There’s a clash of three powerful elements: water, rock and a Greek god. Each are deadly, yet have very different natures. I want to show the insignificance of the ship and that it’s at their complete mercy.
I choose to update Poseidon and remove some of the elements that give him his usual human appearance, but I want to ensure that he shares the grandeur and classical lines of ancient Greek statues. This is why he has a powerful stance and a heroic facial structure. My figure needs to look like a powerful mythological figure, in full control of his dynamic and dangerous sea realm.