Beneath the Hungry Tides

Beneath the Hungry Tides, 13″ x 10″, 2013, Pen & ink on paper.

My first piece for 2013! (WIP photos here.)

This was loosely inspired by Charybdis, before her transformation into a Swirling Vortex of Doom™-creating monster.

Charybdis used to be a naiad, who

“…rode the hungry tides after Poseidon stirred up a storm, directing them onto beaches, destroying entire villages, submerging fields and drowning forests, claiming all in her path for the sea.” (wikipedia)

Zeus was enraged, he cursed her into a monster, and we all know what happens next in The Odyssey and Jason and the Argonauts.

I’d gotten so enamoured by painting on wood, that I’d forgotten how much I enjoy pen on paper. Really should do more ink pieces this year. 🙂


Let’s add this to the long list of drawings I’ve ruined by colouring them. If you must know, I screwed this up when I was painting the peacock feathers.

This is supposed to be Argus, a giant who had a hundred eyes all over his body, who Hera set to watch over Io. Zeus had Hermes slay him, and to commemorate her faithful servant, Hera had all of his eyes preserved on the peacock’s tail.

I’ll be doing this over soon. I mean, I want to do this over soon. Maybe once I get over the frustration of ruining another painting again.


  • Watercolour, acrylic and coloured pencil on paper.

So I finally got around to finishing her. Failed attempt at going 100% traditional. I think Photoshop has forever spoiled me because no matter what I did, I couldn’t get the effects I wanted using watercolour anymore and had to resort to blocking out the background in bronze acrylic paint to cover up the mistakes.

I had originally overlaid textures to it to jazz it up, but it was starting to look messy to me, so I went back to the pre-Photoshop scan. Oh well. Lesson learned. Next time, smaller paper and no painting when tired.

See the work-in-progress here: