Entry for Conceptartís Character of The Week community activity.Time taken:
(including looking for references) around 34.5 hours.Media:
Opencanvas and PhotoshopMonarch of Duality : The Two Faces
I started with the concept of a monarch (or, a monarchy) that has two functional 'faces'. A front one, which is public, adored-loathed, and gleams under the limelight; then a back one, which is hidden, unseen and silently moving forces.
Neither is more evil, neither is more --morally speaking-- good
, both equally lie. Each is simply 'necessary'. The front face is all about image, a painted skin and smile, a beacon to guide, with a plume that serves as its own backdrop that catches the light. The back face is contained, protected inside a ribcagelike-'fence', a shadow that wears role-mask and cocooned within himself; he absorbs into himself.
Inspiration for the design was taken mostly from Chinese opera for the painted faces and swirling fabrics, while chunkier jewelry provides accents. The front face queen has the burst of a Lionfish (a poisonous, attractive fish), while the back face king has the chitinous structure of a Spider Crab (that carries the aspects of a weaving, trapping spider and an armored crab). Color scheme is straightforward: white and metals reflect light best, while dark, nearly black colors and burnished surface escape from sight.
Both faces rule in their own right as equals, as two sides of the same mirror.Note: Face details in tumblr