Art Inspiration: The Greek Gods Distraction on Olympus: Ares


“Distraction on Olympus” is a project I worked on with my students at the school I work in.  It was a final project in a drawing club the children where in when I taught them how to draw in the style of comic and cartoon characters, they were most familiar with.  The class had decided to go with the theme of the Greek gods and I would help them draw a scene around that idea.

In the process of creating the scene, the children asked to be represented as the gods in the project.  They would choose who they wanted to be drawn as from the Greek gods.  In the class a few boys wanted to be Ares the God of War but I chose one that was just the right personality.

Ares is the son of  Zeus and Hera.  He is the virile and brutal god of war.  He personifies the blood lust, strength and brute force in battle and in masculinity.

He is very much like his father Zeus, as he had over 30 lovers with many children. However he had many adulterous trysts with Aphrodite that has been documented in Greek Myth.  The symbolic union of war being conquered by love was a big idea in the ancient world.  Their union produced several children but the two famous ones are Phobos (meaning ‘Fear’ or ‘Terror’) and Deimos (meaning ‘Dread’).  You may have heard of them because Mars’ (Roman name for Ares) two satellites are named after these two children.

Ares had many symbols associated with him. Some include:

  1. Chariot of Ares – a golden-reined chariot drawn by four fire-breathing horses.
  2. Spear of Ares – a bronze-tipped spear in battle.
  3. Armour of Ares – golden armour (helm, cuirass, war-belt, shield and greaves) that shone with a burning light.

I decided to draw Ares as an athlete, big brutish, like a football player.  The child I modeled it after was very athletic and liked the idea.  He has his helmet and I coloured him blood-red for obvious reasons.  I added the dogs as a tribute to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, “Cry “Havoc!” and let slip the dogs of war.”  Act 3, Scene 1.  The child liked the two bulldogs.  In the final image you will see why he is not happy.

I hope you enjoy Ares god of war, as much as the children did.

Ares - Greek god of the bloodlust, brutal strength, masculine side of war.

Ares – Greek god of the blood lust, brutal strength, masculine side of war.


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