Gāyatrī Preliminary Ink
This is one of two variations on the theme of "Sun Priest" from a drawing challenge on the forums of ConceptArt.org ages ago.  I did a couple of rough sketches at the time and then set them aside, and only finished inking them recently.  This one is my favorite of the two.

The Gāyatrī is a mantra from the Vedas:


om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ

tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ

bhárgo devásya dhīmahi

dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayat

dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayat


The translation appearing in this artwork is only one of many, and some differ quite a bit.  Another translation appears in the Kate Bush song "Lily," which was my first introduction to this mantra.


As with much of my work, this is the preliminary ink.  I will be copying this and doing the colour work over the copy, as that preserves the integrity of the line work, so this version will continue to exist. able to be displayed alongside the colour version once that is done.