Hercu-Liz Project: Zeussanna the Amazon Queen

 

Zeussanna designs

Zeussanna designs

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Zsuzsanna=Zeussanna

Zsuzsanna=Zeussanna

After all the beasts and labours Hercu-Liz must conquer, I wanted there to be an eternal challenge for her.  A main rival, of equal or even greater godlike powers – like Skeletor is to He-Man.  Mumm-Ra is to Lion-O.

I was looking at Muscle and Bodybuilding magazines to copy and draw the muscular physiques from, for my Minotaur designs.  I found in the issue I brought an advert for ‘Scitec Nutrition’ with a bodyfitness champion modelling for it.  What caught my attention (apart from her inspiring form), was this female bodybuilder’s name: Zsuzsanna Toldi.

As soon as I saw the letters, it was like they all moved around and jumbled up to create the name ‘Zeus-Sanna’!  I thought this was the perfect name for my main enemy for Hercu-Liz, with the ‘Zeus’ part of the name being a personal connection to her.

There is potential with this character design as I wanted to include some Amazonian Warriors in this project, as this was one of Hercules’s labours in which he had to obtain the girdle from the Amazon Queen.  Zsuzsanna Toldi being a female bodybuilder/fitness champion helped with my sketchbook designs and artwork as she is practically an amazonian herself.

 

Hercu-Liz Project: Medusa pt. I

Medusa design sketches

Medusa design sketches

Hercules did not fight with the Medusa, It was Perseus that was sent to slay and bring back her head.

However, as Hercu-Liz is my very own version of the demi-god hero, she can battle a whole variety of mythical creatures.  I really like the idea of Hercu-Liz out to slay the Medusa herself or even some of her Gorgon sisters even?  The other Gorgons differed to Medusa as they were described as having wings (like Harpies), and talon-like claws as hands.  I prefer the actual design of Medusa because of her snake-body replacing the legs, and I am not too fond of drawing feathers wings, especially if I am to animate this.

I could however, overcome this task with the wings if I changed them for feathers to bat-like wings, that should be slightly easier to draw and to animate?

The Medusa is probably one of my most influential characters still to this day.  Her design as a character.  She is versatile in ways of defeating her foes, and she is unique in a very haunting way.

Medusa designs

Medusa

 

Hercu-Liz Project: Minotaur

Greek mythology and the creatures involved in the mythical tales have been a big influence on me since watching Ray Harryhausen films and Dungeons & Dragons cartoons as a child.  This mixed with my passion for strong female characters has merged together in this project for the final part of my Foundation course at the Farnham UCA.

Digging deeper into researching more about the ancient Greek myths than I had known, inspired me to add more characters to this Hercu-Liz project.

Hercules (Roman)/Heracles (Greek), did not actually fight with the Minotaur, Theseus was the man that was sent into the labyrinth to do the brutal task of slaying the hulking beast.  As Hercu-Liz is my own equivalent of the great hero, I can change and choose who and what I would like her to fight against on her journeys.  Although I would like to stay true to the myth of the actual labours that Hercules had to do, there are some fantastic creatures that I find most inspiring that he did not face.  The Minotaur being one of them.

 

 

Minotaur Designs

Minotaur Designs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hercu-Liz Project: Brainstorms

Brainstorm
Brainstorm

My animation is to be based on Greek Mythology – but with an interpretation of the Greek hero as a female character my own concept: ’Hercu-Liz’, a portrayal of Greek heroines, mythical beasts, place and settings.  The designing of weaponry, armour, clothing as concept art.

So far I have developed brainstorms of influential artists, characters and mythical creatures to aid me on this quest of creation.

 

Brainstorm

Brainstorm: Influential Heroes & Heroines.

Brainstorm

Brainstorm: Influential Villains & Villainesses.