First thing ... I have not posted in this community since forever. I have been rather busy and creatively dead. I am trying to make time to draw again, so I am using Illustration Friday and wotdillustrated
to build a healthy drawing habit.
Second thing ... the subject of this image. I wanted to do a iconic symbol that showed strength. Atlas came to mind. However, I wanted to do something different. I tried to think about what in modern day history would be a large burden to bare on poor atlas's shoulders. I must admit that I have not been listening to the news everyday, but the economy and Obama's health care plan came to mind. I am not sure if this now mean I am for or against Obama's health care plan, but just saying that it is big and big news.
Third thing ... I was looking up wikipedia and found out that the whole iconic image of Atlas holding up Earth on his shoulder is wrong. Apparently, there was two Atlases and their stories have gotten mixed up.
"The origin of the term atlas is a common source of misconception, perhaps because two different mythical figures named 'Atlas' are associated with mapmaking.( What is that symbol on Atlas' back?Collapse )
• King Atlas, a mythical King of Mauretania, was, according to legend, a wise philosopher, mathematician and astronomer who supposedly made the first celestial globe. It was this Atlas that Mercator was referring to when he first used the name 'Atlas', and he included a depiction of the King on the title-page.
• However, the more widely known Atlas is a figure from Greek mythology. He is the son of the Titan Iapetus and Clymene (or Asia), and brother of Prometheus. Atlas was punished by Zeus and made to bear the weight of the heavens (the idea of Atlas carrying the Earth isn't correct according to the original myth) on his back."