Red Bull Billboard Ad Design – Medusa

red bull billboard

I’ve more or less, with this image, finished all the practical elements of the project. The last practical assignment for this project was to design a billboard ad for Red Bull. Since the character I had designed was Medusa, I thought this was an amusing idea. The basic design and layout is based on the Heineken ad I had mentioned in an earlier post and I twisted Red Bull’s slogan “Red Bull gives you wings” to match the Heineken ad’s curtness. On to the group’s critique and submission! πŸ˜€

Medusa Turnaround Sheet – Final

Medusa Turnaround Sheet - Final

I finally finished the turnaround sheet! (Hurray!) πŸ˜€ Being my first time doing a turnaround sheet I struggled to get it right and measured correctly so they were the same at first, but with help from guides and grids and stuff, I got there! I took some tips from the previous blog link and took note of having one arm bent and one arm straight to help later on. I think I did okay, a lot more simple than I’m used to doing but doesn’t look too shabby if I say so myself. What do you guys think? Constructive criticism/critique is always welcome! Now…I just wait and see what my group thinks.

Medusa Turnaround Sheet WIP

Medusa Turnaround Sheet WIP

I figured it might be useful to post some screenshots of WIP’s. πŸ™‚ *rages at Photoshop for being uncooperative while working*

Medusa – Style?

Medusa - Style?

As I was preparing to draw the turnaround character sheet for Medusa, I kinda realised that my usual style was a bit difficult for me to draw all the way around – also time consuming and I had to bear in mind time restraints. Not to mention this being my first turnaround sheet. So I considered drawing her in one of my other,simpler styles to see which worked. Although in this sketch page here, I liked both I went for style A rather than B as I think it’s more light and appropriate for the project.


Hey guys, recently I’ve not been feeling to good (I’m sure you don’t want to hear how I threw up my insides so I’ll stop there πŸ˜› ) so my progress has been a little slow. None the less I’m not too far behind. πŸ™‚ I managed to keep in touch with my group members and decided on things. Regarding the logo, everyone loved my idea so we all drew a design or two, mine wasn’t the best but I’m okay with that. One of the others’ designs were much better thought out and draw so I liked their designs better anyway. πŸ™‚ Most of us already had drawn sketch pages and such for our character design and are drawing a final turnaround sheet. In my case I think the pre-cursed Medusa design was by far my favourite anyway and had decided on drawing. Off I pop – to drawing things!! πŸ˜€

Greek Mythical Creature Character Design – Sketchdump

greek myth sketchdumpYep, a sketchdump or something of the Greek beasties I found most interesting/ considered using as final. I think I’ll leave it at this until I’ve spoken to everyone else in the group about their opinions. πŸ™‚

Medusa: More analysis

Medusa: More analysis

The more I search, the more Ideas I get! another link on Medusa and her appearance. This says pretty much what the other say with the addition of:

* Black tongue that was too big for her mouth

*Serpent wings

*Clawed hands

*Previously she was portrayed in several ways – as a winged horse like Pegasus, as a “woman with equine hindquarters and wings in her hair” and then later, after seeing some portraits of her, the current idea of a reptilian snake haired, scaley clawed woman.



Trying to draw a mythical being can be hard – I refuse to look at images as this may give me a stereotypical and common idea as to what to draw, so I felt it best to search texts that describe and interpret the different appearances Medusa supposedly had. There is more insight in this link but what I gathered regarding the appearance is :Β 


*Hair of reptilian snakes, and scales.

*Has wings, but possible they also turned to snakes

* Has boar tusks


….I really am beginning to feel sorry for her. :c

Medusa and Pegasus

Medusa and Pegasus

After spending all week stuck on who to draw for my character design, I went off to watch Percy Jackson and Disney’s Hercules for “research” *wink wink* πŸ˜‰ and inspiration. Well guess what guys? I GOT AN IDEA!! //lightbulb moment. From Percy Jackson I loved the idea of drawing Medusa and from Hercules I was in love with Pegasus. How convenient for me that the two are actually linked in the same story in the myths? Not sure if Medusa actually counts as a Greek God but seeing as it’s link edI think it should be fine. The story of Medusa (and Pegasus) that I got from this link; cut short:

*Medusa is the sole mortal from the three Gorgon sisters and vows to be a priestess for Athena, meaning she must remain celibate > however she is charmed and married Poseidon, the consequence being she breaks her promise to Athena and is cursed by her. The result is…not so pretty. > She flees and wandered around (Africa apparently?) and develops a character befitting her appearance. (I would too to be fair.) > Perseus comes along and kills her and upon her death her snakes/hair become Pegasus. The End.

Now wasn’t that a cheerful story kids? Either way it gave me a great idea for the ad banner/poster and character design. It also fits well for this week’s Β task – Thinking about memorable characters for other brands and also listing clichΓ© /opposite traits for our own.

For Medusa, and also Pegasus, it works pretty well and is straightforward. The Medusa everyone knows:

*Has snakes for hair

*Is evil

*Turns others to stone with her gaze

*Skin doesn’t look too great..

The opposites of these would in fact be Medusa’s original form wouldn’t they? Those being:

*Lush, gold locks

* Pretty Skin

*Is loving and kind

*Has bright blue eyes (ones that seduce a God πŸ˜‰ )

So whichever version of Medusa I create, I would still be able to use the opposite and would still be Medusa anyway? Sounds good.

As for Pegasus? Not sure what the opposite would be for a winged horse but I would assume:

*White > black

*Feathered wings > bare wings

* Brave, confident posture > cowardly or perhaps more sinister pose??

Not sure what else to do there.

I’ll keep thinking of ideas and sketch once I finish the logo design! πŸ™‚

April 2020