Greek Myths

Monster Monday: The Sphinx of Greek Mythology.

Sphinx, © 2007 Liz Vitale

Sphinx, © 2007 Liz Vitale

I found this drawing in an old sketch pad, so I decided to use it as a rare opportunity to show a humanish beast, as I hate drawing people. Actually, this was drawn during a life drawing class in which I was becoming tired and my mind was wandering.

In Greek mythology,The Sphinx is represented as a monster with a head and breasts of a woman, the body of a lioness, the wings of an eagle, and  sometimes a serpent-headed tail. By many accounts,she is supposedly the offspring of the Chimera –the three-headed monster that was part lion, goat, snake and dragon– and was sister to the Nemean lion and half-sister of Cerberus,the three-headed dog that guarded the gates of Hell.