Oedipus and the Oracle

Sophocles was a great playwright who lived in Greece in 400BC. His works have survived since these times and continue to inspire artists, theatre patrons and philosophers. Oedipus the king is his most famous work of epic tragedy. To this day the name of Oedipus, aided by Sigmund Freud's analysis of the character, is the epitome of a tragic figure. To set the scene to the work, Thebes has been under siege by the enigmatic Sphinx, the former King of Thebes has been killed mysteriously on a trip to the Oracle of Delphi. Oedipus arrives outside Thebes and destroys the Sphinx by solving its riddle. Creon, brother of the Queen of Thebes, offers the crown and his sisters hand in marriage. Oedipus accepts both the crown and Queen Jocasta.

Oedipus, the man who freed the citizens of Thebes from the enigmatic Sphinx. His reward was Queen Jocasta's hand and the crown of Thebes.

Jocasta, widowed by the death of her husband the former King of Thebes. Jocasta is currently married to Oedipus.

Creon, brother of Queen Jocasta. After the death of the king of Thebes, Creon offered the crown to the person who could rid Thebes of the deadly Sphinx.

Tiresias the seer has the insight of the gods. His prophecies spell joy or doom to those who consult with him.

Christopher Brawn worked previously in the fields of animation and architecture. He is currently finishing a degree in computing science. "The most favoured by the gods" is his first complete work.

From a rough paper sketch, the panels are built up layer by layer until the final colouring. Pencil drawings are scanned into the computer where they are used as guidelines in layout process. Red translucent pencil is drawn on top of the rough sketch and this sketch is used as a guide for the inking stage. Inking begins on a new virtual layer above the rough pencils. Finally, colouring is applied on a layer below the inked layers. More information can be found on my original tumblr blog hector brothers.

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