Ancient Greek Trophies
This illustration is based on ideas related to my Graphic novel, as it features Ancient Greek Mythological creatures as part of a gladiatorial style game.
The idea comes from one of the characters being a champion at the game, and this is a concept around her in her study / down time, with the mythological creatures as trophies decorating the wall.
The choice of the creatures / monsters came down to recognisability and if they worked in the illustration itself. So we have a Cyclops, Minotaur, Medusa and a Siren.
The main issue really was making them recognisable, specifically the Siren, which is basically a mermaid in more modern literature. The only way to make it work was to have the tail as a second trophy, due to it not being recognisable as just a head.
One of the other problems with Ancient Greek Mythology, the monsters tend to be hybrids of creatures, often human heads on a body, or other heads on a creatures body, like a Chimera – making it a little difficult to make a recognisable monster by just it’s head.
Illustrated using the iPad Pro and Procreate.