Haurvatat is the Zoroastrian Amesha Spenta of Wealth, Prosperity and Water. Amesha Spentas are the Bounteous Immortals, the seven divine beings representing gifts and virtues, things to be hoped and prayed for. She is often paired with Ameretat, who governs the plants. this relationship is often seen as indivisible.
“Haurvatat and Ameretat shall smite both hunger and thirst; Haurvatat and Ameretat shall smite the evil hunger and the evil thirst.” (Zamyad Yasht, v.96, Darmesteter translation)
Despite being one of the better known amesha spentas today, Haurvatat was not always well realized or described, leaving me with a great deal to explore and imagine.
I painted Haurvatat with liquid wings. the shape is representative of the classic artwork of the Zoroastrians and the bowl echoes the artwork of the time. the wings show her tie with water and with nature, with the renewal of life and the flow of nature. the bowl represents wealth and prosperity.
I thought I would add some technical details to the creation of this painting here. Rendering water is one of the trickiest things you can do in 3D. it’s also one of the hardest things to paint! but that’s ok, that’s just a challenge right?
The render used Genesis and Victoria 5 with custom morphing. The Bowl is from Moroccan pottery (with custom shaping again) and her skin was from the character Jess. but it’s the wings that are really the hero of this painting. Liquid wings required some specific work. I used Feathered Wings as the base, shaping them to the shape mainly seen in Persian artworks (a high speed wing type). then I removed the Keels and the secondary layers of feathers so that the light would penetrate properly. The key result came through the lighting and converting the remaining wing materials to liquid in my physics based render engine. if you look closely you can see that she is reflected in the water. there was a lot of tweaking in the wave amounts to get the perfect effect. The last step was one I don’t do very often, a little postwork in Photoshop. I used a touch of Ron’s Clearwater to get the splashes. I modified my painting technique to work the water droplets and I am delighted by the results. even though i may complain about rendering it, I really love painting water in this way!