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Amazons and Gods

Long long long ago, when all of time was new and history still a dream, the gods rule the Earth, and Zeus King among the deities. Zeus then created beings: born in his image and likeness, strong and passionate, fair and good, beings over which the Gods would rule. He called his wonderful creation Man, and Mankind was good. But Zeus’ son Ares – the God of war, grew envious of mankind, and sought to corrupt his father’s creation out of spite. Ares poisoned them, filling man’s hearts with nothing but jealousy, suspicion, and hate, turning them against one another, and Oh! War ravaged the Earth, destroying what once was a blissful peace. In retaliation, the Gods created the Amazons, to influence men’s hearts with pure love, and restore peace to the emaciated Earth. And for a brief time, all went well. But it did not last, for eventually it ended up with the amazons being forced into bondage. Hippolyta, the Amazon Queen, in a successful attempt, led a revolt that freed the Amazons from enslavement. But when Zeus led the Gods charging in to the defence of the Amazons, Ares killed them one-by-one, until only Zeus ‘the High Father’ himself remained. Zeus then used the last if his strength to stop his son Ares, Striking such a blow that the God of War was forced to retreat. But Zeus knew a day will come when Ares might return to finally fulfil his mission; an endless war where mankind will fall to their own devices and the Amazons along with them. So, Zeus left them a potent weapon, one powerful enough to strike down a god, ‘The God Killer Sword’. And with his dying breath, created the mystical paradise island, ‘Themyscira’, to hide away the amazons from the outside world, somewhere safe and sound, where Ares would not find them, and all has been peaceful and quiet ever since, Until Now!

WONDER WOMAN: Take A Look At The Gorgeous Artwork That Depicts The Origins Of The Amazons

Fans that have seen Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman can agree that one of the best and most memorable moments of the film was when Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) began telling a young Diana the story of how the Amazons were created, and how Ares brought down the Gods of Olympus.

What made this particular scene stand out was the use of beautiful paintings that can be seen coming to life as Hippolyta recounted the story, similar to that of Jor-El’s history lesson of Krypton from Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.

Now, artist Houston Sharp, one of the many talented artists who worked on creating those magnificent paintings, has decided to share all the artwork featured in the scene, as well as those that didn’t make the cut. The paintings showcase Zeus with the other gods on Mt. Olympus, the creation of the Amazons, humanity’s betrayal, Ares killing the other gods, and the creation of Themyscira.

Here is what Sharp had to say about working on Wonder Woman:

I had the pleasure and honor of working with Patty Jenkins and her team to create the animated painting at the beginning of Wonder Woman. It was a huge undertaking, but I had a small team of super-talented artists to help finish it on time, and Patty & Co. were very supportive along the way.
Each panel was painted separately, and stitched together into one massive painting. We tried achieving a classical oil painting look, while working in a way that was easy for the animators to work with (which meant keeping everything on their own layers, painting behind figures, etc.). It took a lot of planning and coordination between multiple artists, but it was well worth the challenge.
List of Artists involved with this painting: Houston Sharp, Igor Sid, Piotr Jablonski, Yuriy Chemezov, Roman Kupriyanov, Eve Ventrue, Max Schulz, Didier Konings, Raffy Ochoa.


Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Mt. Olympus design/panel stitching: Houston Sharp

GODS ATOP OLYMPUS
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Finish: Houston Sharp


GODS ATOP OLYMPUS
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Finish: Houston Sharp


MANKIND HAPPY
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Houston Sharp
Finish: Houston Sharp, Eve Ventrue, Igor Sid


MANKIND CORRUPTED
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa
Layout: Max Schulz
Finish: Max Schulz


OUT OF WATER
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Raffy Ochoa
Finish: Houston Sharp


ENSLAVED
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Eve Ventrue
Finish: Igor Sid, Yuriy Chemezov, Roman Kupriyanov
Actress Likenesses: Houston Sharp


FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Piotr Jablonski
Finish: Piotr Jablonski


ARES KILLS GODS – Panel 1
Art Direction: Houston Sharp
Layout: Platige Image
Finish: Houston Sharp


ARES KILLS GODS – Panel 2
Art Direction: Houston Sharp
Layout: Platige Image
Finish: Roman Kupriyanov, Houston Sharp


ZEUS SLAYS ARES
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Raffy Ochoa
Finish: Houston Sharp


THEMYSCIRA
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Raffy Ochoa
Finish: Didier Konings, Houston Sharp


WALK WITH MANKIND (cut from film)
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Eve Ventrue
Finish: Eve Ventrue, Roman Kupriyanov
Actress Likenesses: Houston Sharp


BETRAYED (cut from film)
Art Direction: Raffy Ochoa, Houston Sharp
Layout: Igor Sid
Finish: Igor Sid, Yuriy Chemezov
Actress Likenesses: Houston Sharp

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg.

Wonder Woman,” is a beautiful, buoyant, kindhearted, and awe-outstanding film. Jenkins, together with her team and collaborators have done what thought previously impossible: Created a blistering, compassionate and inspiring Wonder Woman film, honouring the very principles that have made this character an icon. Watch “Wonder Woman” Today!

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