This is a drawing that I did for JCL convention, otherwise known as the Junior Classical Leaque convention. Basically, this is a Latin event that High School latin teachers bring their classes to in order to compete in various, latin related contests. Since the Hydra is a monster that originated out of Greek mythology, I did this picture to enter in the 'Pencil' catagory of the art contest. The picture itself is about twice the size of any of my other pictures, and I had to work on it off and on for a few weeks to finish it. It is all done in colored pencil (with a few outlines in ink), but I am not very pleased with the final result. This scan certainly does not do the picture justice because the vibrancy of the colors as well as a lot of the detail has been lost, but still, there is something not quite right about it. I think that the main problem is the fact that there is not enough contrast on the hydra itself, and thus is prone to look 'washed out'. I don't know, but it definately did not turn out as well as 'Karyuu', which I did about two years beforehand, which is sad. Being that I have been mostly working in regular pencil recently, doing family portaits and such, I think that I have lost some of my skill in colored pencil. Tell me what you think. This is the description that I wrote up to accompany my picture in the art contest, in case you wanted to know a little history:
According to Greek mythology, the hydra was a nine-headed water snake that lived in the swamps near Lerna and terrorized the citizens of the land. The hydra was killed by the mighty hero Hercules with the help of his nephew, Iolaus. At first Hercules bashed in the hydra's heads with his club, but because each head that he destroyed grew back twofold, he soon realised that this would not work. To stop this, Hercules and Iolaus began cauterizing each severed head with a torch, insuring that it did not grow back. The ninth head, which was immortal, they buried under a rock.
Anyway, enjoy the picture. Also, notice that since it was a picture for a Latin convention, I have 'Roman-style' fog around the creature's legs. That is all. (Done in colored pencils, outlined in ink)