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Portrait of an Anunnaki
About the Painting
The Anunnaki were a race of gods, angels or interstellar travellers - or all of these, depending on your interpretation of their legends. They took an interest in early humans, interbred with them (or altered their DNA) either for fun or to improve their usefulness to the Anunnaki, and then handed on knowledge of metallurgy, maths, philosophy, art and architecture. In the Bible, the Annunaki are also called Watchers, in that they watched over humanity's progress and sometimes re-directed it. This was supposed to have inspired the wrath of others like them, and so division amongst the ranks of angels became known in Biblical folklore as the banishment of Lucifer from heaven.
In Irish folklore, the Anunnaki were known as the Tuatha de Danaan - and it's from these ancient tales that my interest first developed.
They were described as looking, for the most part, unusually tall with pale skin and flowing red hair. And this is how I chose to depict them in this portrait.
I'm more interested in trying to capture something of the essence of the person who I'm drawing or painting, than I am in reproducing an exact copy of their face. If I wanted an exact copy, I'd reach for my camera.
With this portrait of an Anunnaki, modelled by John, I aimed to catch his masculine beauty, which has something of an elfin quality - not feminine, exactly, but certainly there's a delicacy about the features. This impression is greatly aided by the mass of thickly flowing auburn hair which cascades over his slender body.
Starting with a white ground, as is my usual method, I first lightly sketched the portrait in charcoal then worked the background to complement his colouring and add a smoky impression. The hint of blue around his body refers to the subtle energies of the astral body.
Due to HubPages' policies on nudity, I am unable to reproduce the entire portrait here. However it can be viewed at my Spooky Cute Designs site - see the link opposite this section's title.
Data for Portrait of an Anunnaki
Oil on stretched canvas.
Width = 16" or 40.8cms.
Height = 22" or 56cms.
Title of Work: Portrait of an Anunnaki.
Description: Nude upper-body life-study in oils of a young man with long auburn hair.
Artist: Adele Cosgrove-Bray.
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