Inaugural Illustration Award Finalist for Womankind Magazine. 'Chloris Goddess Of Flowers' was selected by the editors from Womankind and published her in their October issue, which is out now in the shops to purchase.
Chloris Goddess of Flowers. Gouache and pencil illustration on acid free cartridge paper. 29.7 x 42.0cm.
The brief for the competition was 'Flower'. I researched into mythical Greek and Roman goddesses and came across Chloris (also known as Khloris), a Greek mythical Goddess that represents flowers. She was wife of Zephyros the West-Wind and the mother of Karpos (Carpus), god of fruit. Her Roman name was Flora.
In Roman mythology, Flora breathed spring roses and she represented blossoming and flowering plants, wheat and crops. She was associated with new beginnings and growth and her name remains in the botanical term of vegetation.
Usually artworks of Flora / Chloris appear as sculptures and classical art, such as Primavera, tempera on wood by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1477–82; in the Uffizi Gallery, Florence.
As this competition was for an illustration prize, I explored interpreting Chloris in a contemporary illustrative style, using naive features for her face and mixing techniques of oil pastel and pencil overlaid onto gouache, to create wood grain like hair. My background is in fashion and print design, so I decided to create Alphonse Mucha influences for her flower crown, to outline the flora. Her gown has a repeat floral design, running along her silk shawl. The centre floral appliqué would have been embroidered and to match the shawl, if the garment was to be made in real life.