THE STORY BEHIND #004 AKUMA ELEKTRA
“A chaotic union of Infernal and Artifician produces conjurers with the power to influence both the biological and mechanical mind…”
My fourth piece in THE ATOMIC BALLROOM collection, Akuma Elektra, takes inspiration from games, D&D, cybernetics, and a splash of Japanese culture.
The initial idea stems from a fan-favorite character from the DotA / DotA 2 series, Akasha / Queen of Pain! A powerful magic/ranged hero that frequently takes the mid-lane carry role. Her deadly fighting style, alluring beauty, and dramatic horns set the silhouette for the piece, along with a dash of her succubus charm.
Akuma Elektra is the first hybrid Infernal / Artifician in the collection, combining the deadly sorcery native to the dark Infernals, and the cybernetic enhancements of an Artifician, creating a deadly fighter of seductive beauty, with a popular cyberpunk twist of purples, pinks, whites, and blues for the color scheme. Her goal in combat is to entrance her enemies, meld with their mind, and unlock any secrets she can find.
I also drew from the board game classic, D&D, searching for additional inspiration to compliment the aesthetics of the piece. Rather than go with the classic long, lavish hair, I opted to swap this out for mysterious, floating, cybernetic chords, somewhat similar to the Queen of Blades from Starcraft 2.
When it came to choosing a name for the piece, I looked to the Japanese language. Akuma 悪魔 , the Japanese word for a category of demon that typically has long horns in modern art, had the perfect ring to it for the piece. I then added on ‘Elektra’ representing the cyberpunk influence on the classical succubus class in many fantasy shows and games, and illustrating the Infernal/Artifician hybrid vibe!
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