Phorkys Picture

Phorkys was an ancient Greek god of the sea. (Poseidon, the King of the Sea, was his nephew, since Phorkys was a half-brother of Poseidon’s parents Kronos and Rhea.) Phorkys was one of the five children of Pontos (the Sea) and Gaia (the Earth). He is most famous for having become the father of the Gorgon Medusa.

His dreadlocks here are inspired by the idea that Medusa got her serpentine hair from him. In my imagination, he was made of some kind of stony mineral, like flint, jet or obsidian, which explains his dark, glossy look in this character design. That idea also comes from the mythology, in which some of his children, and his sister the sea-goddess Eurybia, were partially made of some metal or mineral. Eurybia's heart was made of flint, while Phorkys’ daughter Medusa had golden hands and bronze wings. The many-headed water-dragon known as the Hydra of Lake Lerna, was another daughter of Phorkys; one of her heads, the only part of her which was immortal, was made of gold.

This picture is a detail of Medusa and Relations
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