The creator, painter, and collector of 100’s of dolls, paper-dolls, City Hall caricatures, and numerous private commissions, Anne is the Contributing Designer, Colorist, and Painter for Lord of Light Media’s KALI Model. My solution to there being (mythological) “3 incarnations” of the same Goddess Kali, as well as to conform to Roger Zelazny’s novel, was to give our Kali 3 heads rather than create three different models.
Not only bringing the warrior Goddess DURGA into destructive action, Anne’s painting of the body and three heads of KALI brings forth the living Goddess-woman herself, as a voluptuous, alive, sensual woman — and very real! What I like about it most is how close it is to the powerful & sensual woman I encountered when I first read the novel Lord of Light back in 1969.
More of her work can be seen at www.annemariewharton.com.
“Kali makes me feel like Destruction is sexy.” — Matilda Somerfield, Artist & Egyptian Priestess.
THE PAINTING OF KALI……
by Anne Marie “Wally” Wharton
When given the opportunity to paint the 3D model of Kali, I tried hard not to think of just what a daunting responsibility it actually was—plus, I’d never handled and air-brush or painted a 3D model in all my born days!! Kali’s complex, larger-than-life character is infectious, and I wanted my work to showcase the intricate designs as well as this character’s sensuality and strength.
While viewing various prototypes for today’s most popular Fantasy and Sci Fi characters, I was struck by the fact that much of the detail in these many models seemed to be totally lost without the aid of both an independent light source directed at the figure, as well as some sort of reflective backdrop that also served to illuminate the displayed character. I have christened this repetitively-dark choice phenomenon “Game of Throne-ism,” obviously named after the successful TV series set in bleak, pre-Medieval surroundings. This effect may be very effective for that particular show, but I also believe it has cast a dreary pall on much of today’s production when it comes to artistic renderings and statuary.
This is one reason why I chose a much brighter color scheme for Kali, eschewing the usual blacks and gun-metal grays that are currently being over-used to the point of predictability.
The other reason I chose a brighter color scheme for Kali is because of the novel’s title: “Lord of Light.” Her golden armor is also an <<homage>> to Hindu mythology and their love of the ornate.
Most importantly, and above all else, is the intense backstory of her relationship with Sam, for the past 1000 years of the story of Lord of Light. While Durga is the terrible, killing, deathly Goddess of ancient Hindu myths, her Kali counterpart likewise is the stuff of Men’s dreams in the present. Especially for Sam, the Lord of Light, whom she’d loved.
My job is to convey this character’s multi-layered complexity and her many modes of operation thru visual impact. And I’ve tried to accomplish this via a brighter spectrum of color with the emphasis on warm, regal tones.