-= Cú Chulainn =-
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ROUND #181:: Cú ChulainnDESCRIPTION
Cú Chulainn is an Irish hero from Celtic/Gaelic culture. He also appears in Scottish and Manx storytelling. He was a knight of the 1st century and often compared to Achilles in Greek Mythology. When enraged he would become a ‘bezerker’ as in Viking culture. He was slain in a fight and like El Cid in later history, was propped up in an heroic pose, spear in hand to strike fear into his enemies even after death, and it was only when a raven landed on his shoulder that his demise was revealed.
He was seen as an Irish hero, riding a chariot, and defending Ulster against usurpers including Queen Medb of Connaught and even appeared to Saint Patrick as a ghost.
Cú Chulainn‘s appearance is open to interpretation, but he is described as clean shaven, young ( he died at 27 ), and some tales tell he had seven fingers on each hand and seven toes on each foot. And seven pupils in each eye. There is much description of him on his Wikipedia page, as there is of his life. There should be plenty of inspiration there in his adventures for an interesting version of this mythological hero.
Remember, knights of the 1st century would have been nothing like middle-ages knights. Their appearance would have been more ‘Asterix the Gaul’ than traditionally styled Arthurian knights. So leather, furs and armour more suited to Romano-Britain and Europe.
Although not strictly a two parter, this ChOW will be followed up with a linked character next week.
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Last edited by Aly Fell; December 22nd, 2009 at 05:06 PM.
For me Cú Chulainn is a full of pain like hero.
I show him when calming down after a berserk rush.
thanks for all the crits
Well, this is my interpretation of Cu Chulainn: About to throw his spear, he is going into a berserk state, his eye is glowing red and the tips of his hair are spilling blood. In his cape you can see the shapes of his monstrous face and the crow that symbolizes his death.
I forgot to save wips when I was trying stuff that didn't work, so they are a bit scarce...
Anyway, from crying over his dead son to his own demise, it's one and only Cú Chulain!
Image: Robert Faludi
Category: Concept art/illustration
Time's up for me then...can't wait to see them all.
The word ‘anarchy’ comes from the ancient Greek αναρχία in which αν meant ‘without’ and αρχία meant first a military ‘leader’ and then ‘ruler’. Anarchist society is one ‘without rulers’: a classless, non-hierarchical society.
“You need people like me.
You need people like me so you can point your grubby fingers and say, "That's the bad guy.""
and one more
Last edited by Irrlaeufer; November 30th, 2009 at 11:03 AM.
geh... i need to learn how to paint faster =_=
Had fun with this one between turkey and shopping.
Last edited by anastasky; November 30th, 2009 at 11:20 AM.
Sketchbook with all Iphone paintings http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...=1#post2165053
cu chulainn as a younger man. thanks for the crits this week.
Last edited by the bee; November 30th, 2009 at 04:31 AM. Reason: forgot
Copyright: Quinn Simoes - Concept Art - Characters - Historical - Photoshop
Thats my Cú Chulainn
Final Cú Chulainn
This is my entry. Hope you like it.