Sunday, June 28, 2009
I didn't set out to draw Charon, he just ended up being what came out on the page. Charon is traditionally depicted as a grim reaper type; a skeleton wearing a robe of some sort. I opted for another way. My Charon was perhaps once a sailor who fell into some hard habits and bad decisions. Upon his death (most likely a knife to the gut in a tavern), he finds himself in the underworld, paying off his debt to Purgatory by transferring souls across the Styx. I imagine him as a miserly character; randomly looting odds and ends out of the very river he sails upon. He's also a bit insane about his duties; thus his initial refusal to allow Dante to board his boat on the technicality that Dante is in fact, still alive.