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Meet Gyges, the Big-Limbed, one of the three Hecotonchires. The Hecatonchires are primordial giants from Greek mythology. In most versions of Greek myth, they were the first children of Gaia (the Earth) and Ouranos (the night sky), along with their siblings, the Cyclopes. They had one hundred arms and fifty heads each (I reduced the number here!), and were powerful enough to lift and throw mountains. Zeus took advantage of their strength and enlisted them to help overthrow the Titans.

I want to do a series of deities, both fictional and from actual mythologies. Kaltheos Acephalos, a fictional deity, was the first in this series. This guy is the second. I originally thought of him as a Titan, twisted and deformed by his imprisonment in Tartarus, but as I read a little bit more about Greek mythology, I realized a Hectonchire fit the design more, and was more interesting.

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Reader Comments (5)

Very Cool!!! Memorable.

November 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel Andrews

I love the abstract take on various parts, especially the skull-like heads floating above. Nice to see a pencil sketch :)

November 12, 2009 | Registered CommenterMike Corriero

Absolutely stunning! Congratulations man, your interpretation of this Mythological creature is awesome.
Thanks to share ;)

November 13, 2009 | Registered CommenterLoden

Bravo! That leftmost arm conglomeration is so well done... the spatial and planal (?) descriptions you're achieving there are really spot-on. Also, I just love the ├╝ber-cuteness of the head! I'm a little pissed, though, cuz I have recently been having visual-flashes of stretched-band musculature akin to this, and it's sortuv like you tapped into that same notion and then added another conceptual layer. Gaah! [ *Shakes fist at cod:MW2 ] Just lovely, sir.

November 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam B. Hand

Daniel Andrews- Thanks!
Mike- Thanks again, man! The floating heads were a last minute addition, added after I decided that this would be a Hecatonchire rather than a titan.
Loden- Thanks so much!
William B. Hand- The 'cuteness' of the head? Yikes! I'll have to redraw it so it isn't cute!:P Thanks, man! Sorry for preemptively swiping your idea.:)

November 14, 2009 | Registered CommenterCory Trego-Erdner (Moai)

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