Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Who Doesn't enjoy Greek Myth?
I admit that I'm a Greek geek and I've always wanted to illustrate the Minotaur. So, with the prompting of a buddy over at CA, I got to it and made this a reality. I think that my take is faithful to the story in a way that is fresh and original even though he doesn't have horns. You see, in the myth, the queen of Minos was tricked into falling in love with a special white bull as punishment for the kings refusal to sacrifice the creature. The Queen , with the help of Daedalus, managed to copulate with this bull and consequently the Minotaur was born. Just thinking about it gives me the heebie Jeebies! I got to thinking more about this creature, his character and background as I wanted to illustrate more than simply a bull headed man thing that kills people. The minotaur would ONLY eat Humans and to sate his appetite, the king of Minos demanded tribute from the other Greek cities of I believe 7 men and women each year. So this thing was some kind of mutant cannibal! I envisioned him as a man mutant prince (He was the son of the queen after all), perhaps suffering from some kind of mental condition. Powerful yet, not especially in shape because he must be threatening yet he does not have to work for his meals. Imagine him wandering the labyrinth, gnawing bones, mad from confinement and disease, cruelly intelligent yet simple in his language. Now imagine being stuck down there with him. Can you Say Terrifying?!

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