Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Cyclops Polyphemus, 1998, ink.

I can't remember the last time I saw an exciting depiction of a Cyclops. Was there even a first time?

Surely the horned, goat-legged fellow in The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958) is an aberration. As monsters go, the average Cyclops seems rather unremarkable, save for his single eye (or his lack of an eye, if you're the "glass half empty" type).

I suspect my depiction of Polyphemus (above, drawn for an Odyssey study guide back during my teaching days) is the most unremarkable of all, except for its passing resemblance to the Absorbing Man.

The Cyclops Anonymous, 2008, graphite.

I recently attempted to draw a remarkable Cyclops. I leave the remarks to you!


  1. I like this newer cyclops you have drawn, very interesting take on an old concept.

    perhaps I shall try my own after seeing this



  2. I like it! He's like a walking, mutant hammerhead shark.

  3. LFW: Bet your cyclops'd be a sight (for sore eyes?)!

    Rick: Hey, you're right! I failed to identify that similarity.

  4. This is very cool Jon. I like that you chose to make his eye off centre.

  5. I like those....I like those a bunch.

    I did a week of Polythemus over on the P52 section of my site.


  6. Thanks, Pedro! I'd love to have a look at your Cyclops drawings. I'll try to find them on your website!