Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Another image inspired by Irish mythology. When in his battle frenzy Cuchulainn's features become distorted and as described in Hayes O'Grady's Cuchulainn saga "His calves and heels and hams shift to the front, and his feet and knees to the back, and the muscles of his neck stood out like the head of a young child(very strange). One eye was engulfed in his head, the other protuded, his mouth met his ears and foam poured from his jaws". My interpretation is less strange but would still strike fear into his enemies I reckon.
This is an Irish myth of the Clan Calatin who fought Cuchulainn. Calatin was a wizard and together with his 27 children he formed one being, poisonous and each hand acted in unison against Cuchulainn in battle. The story is great and gave me the idea for the image above. I would have found it very difficult to fit in all 27 heads and arms so lets just say the rest are on his back :)
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I have been away travelling around Europe for the last six months so the blog has looked very dusty lately. Hopefully that is going to change now since I have lots of sketches from my travels lined up that just need colouring. While away I bought a book on Norse mythology and the stories were really interesting and inventive. They gave plenty of scope for illustration and below are a few of my interpretations of the gods, dwarves and elves. The world is divided into different regions inhabited by the above mentioned characters as well as frost giants and giant serpents. The plan is to do a few more finished pieces from these initial sketches and a few inspired by Irish mythology too. Hope you like them. Bye for now :)