Hero Versus A Medusa

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David Melik

    I did this study of one figure in the ancient 'Laocoön and His Sons' sculpture, and a Greek temple, in one of my first high school art classes. Actually, on the other side, it looked less like the sculpture, but my art teacher said (paraphrased) 'make it look more like something you are studying.' The picture is about a hero seeing a medusa's face, and turning to stone, but either it is showing an instant in the process, or he is a demigod and resisting it.

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An Elven Epyllion

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