H is for Hydra

H is for Hydra, or more specifically, a three-headed hydra. In Greek mythology the Hydra (or Lernaean Hydra) is a serpent-like monster. It’s supposedly the child of Typhon and Echidna. With it’s many heads, the myth goes, if you cut on head off, two more grow back in it’s place (which may be a term you have read in Marvel comics before). The Hydra’s teeth were able to raise skeletons from the dead – but let’s be honest, you’ve probably seen Harry Hamlin in “Jason and the Argonaughts” so you’ve probably seen that on screen. As well as Jason of Argo, Hercules has to face a Hydra as the second of his twelve trials.

For my painting, I started as ever by doing my design in pencil. Then I inked it with a 0.2 liner. To colour it I used watercolours. This hydra sits on a 13cm by 21cm page in my watercolour sketchbook.

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