Hercules I: The Nemean Lion Picture

The first in a series.
This is the first labor King Eurystheus gave to Hercules: kill the strangely invincible lion terrorizing Nemea. He succeeded by choking the lion to death, and from that point on, he wore its skin in his many other trials.

I tried to use classical Greek proportions on Hercules, and I studied the muscles of big cats to try and visualize how an exceptionally buff lion would look. And yes, I realize that the hand looks... interesting... and that perhaps his upper arm has one more muscle than it should have. I guess that's what I get for referencing quack medical illustrations. -_-

Later on, I'll post the other three Herc pictures: the hydra, the golden apples, and Cerberus.

Graphite and ink.
Orfeus and Eurydike
Mother of Monsters
Hercules I: The Nemean Lion
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