Hermes in his melancholy to pair with Meteion and her brightness. ☀️ I wanted to portray olive branches overgrown around him; the beautiful thoughts that plague his empathetic heart. Alike those scholarly statue busts, I wanted to capture that stillness in his expression too. He is such an incredible character and I really want to do him justice~🍃
Also fun fact, the caduceus (his winged staff) was originally an olive branch! It was later replaced with a staff entwined with snakes. It's the traditional symbol associated with Hermes, representing an offering of peace.