Greek Heroes in action

This is a collection of 10 of the most well known heroes of ancient Greece. Each are either, doing or the image is inspired by, events in the myths that made them popular. Greek heroes, specifically Hercules, inspired my creativity as a kid. I looked up to them. They were my first taste into the world of fantasy.

This painting depicts Hercules battling the Hydra. As with most most Greek paintings he appears basically nude. The color palette and composition draw your eyes toward the hero. This has a triangular composition. The brighter color of the skin makes Hercules appear more toward the viewer while the black of the Hydra moves it toward the back making Hercules the subject of the painting.
This painting is off Theseus. Here he is moving a column to find items left for him by his father. His most famous myth was battling the Minotaur in Minos' labyrinth. This image, I believe, uses the rule of thirds. It also uses a tetradic color scheme. Everything is either directly or indirectly pointing toward him, even the negative space surrounding Theseus draws our eyes toward him.
This image is of Achilles. It is a triangular composition. There is a lot going on in this picture. King Agamemnon is angry, Achilles is being restrained from drawing his sword. People are looking on to the left. This scene is because the king took Briseis, Achilles beloved. It is a pivotal moment is the myth of Achilles because in this moment he refuses to fight. The entire image is filled with yellow to draw attention to the characters in the center.
This painting is of prometheus. In this myth he gives man fire because Zeus was enraged by Prometheus tricking him with a sacrifice. Zeus took fire away and prometheus brought it back. This painting is a depiction of man receiving fire. Since the image is black and white I can't comment on color schemes, but the composition uses the circular golden ratio.
This is Hector. Hector is the rival of Achilles and they had a very epic battle outside the gates of Troy in the Odyssey. This is only a sketch, but you can tell the groundwork for a larger image was being laid. The artist took great care with the muscularity of the human body and made Hector look like the hero of Troy that he was suppose to be.
Jason and the Golden Fleece is one of the greatest Greek myths. This picture was first drawn in chalk, then pen and ink. It is a depiction of Jason, with help from Medea, grabbing the Golden Fleece while careful to not wake the dragon sleeping at the base of the tree. The landscape and humans were beautifully and carefully drawn for an ink painting. This image follows the rule of thirds and it is clear that it is drawn in such a way that your eyes are led to Jason and the Fleece.
This is a beautifully painted oil painting. Aeneas is seen in this picture offering gifts to the king to ask for the hand of his daughter. This is yet another part of the Trojan war. Aeneas fought for Troy and was second to Hector. This appears to have a triadic color profile. It also appears to have one point perspective.
Orpheus had his share of adventures. He was present on the Argos and even saved the Argonauts from the Sirens. Orpheus had no rival on earth with his music and was almost as good as the gods themselves. When he played animals followed, people had renewed zeal if tired, and he could get anyone to do anything. In this image he is surrounded by animals. He his centered playing his lyre and appears to be fully relaxed and at ease.
Ulysses (Odysseus) was one of the smartest men in the ancient world in the Odyssey. He thought up the Trojan horse to get into the city. This is a depiction of his encounter with the Sirens. In this his crew were to have their ears plugged while Odysseus was strapped to the main mast of the ship. This was his way of listening to the sirens while ensuring passage through their waters. The image draws your eye toward the mast and the white of his robe separates him from the rest of the image making sure he is easily seen. Even though this is one point perspective everywhere you look you see something new.
Aside from Hercules, Perseus and Andromeda is one of my favorite myths. In this painting He is freeing Andromeda from being a sacrifice to the Kraken. It is famously depicted in the movie "Clash of the Titans." This image has a tetradic color scheme and a triangular composition with one point perspective. The main subject of this painting is Perseus and the Kraken. They are center stage and are surrounded by negative space to separate them from every one else.
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