Echidna, Mother of Monsters (aka Mom) Picture

This is an interpretation I had in mind for the past couple weeks. Finally got on to putting up a concept art for one of the pivotal monsters of Greek mythology, Echidna.

I went of with some of these descriptions on the wiki:

Hesiod's Theogony
described her as: [...] the goddess fierce Echidna who is half a nymph with glancing eyes and fair cheeks, and half again a huge snake, great and awful, with speckled skin..."


"Echidna was a drakaina, with the face and torso of a beautiful woman (depicted as winged in archaic vase-paintings) and the body of a serpent, sometimes having two serpent's tails."

"In Greek Mythology, a drakaina is a female dragon, sometimes with human-like features."

Had her design bear a mixed of the above descriptions, along with a few of my own personal touches. Having lived through the war between the Olympians and the Titans, I felt that Echidna should look a little rugged and robust. Being that she was the mother of monsters, I wanted her to be imposing and somewhat majestic in figure. Following up on her having wings, I referenced wyvern wings and used those limbs to increase her size. Since she was referred to as a half nymph, went with the look of a forest nymph, giving her pointed ears and leafy hair. While coloring her up, I used it as an opportunity to try something different from the usual cel-shaded style, which turned out surprisingly well for a first time.

Gosh did it take quite an amount of time and effort to finish, totally wore me out.


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