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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Minotaur

Justin Gerard Illustration oil digital theseus battle fight the minotaur
"Know thee well, that thou shalt never leave this place alive."

Study no. 2 from Theseus and the Minotaur
8 x 10
Oil on Panel


  1. Really nicely painted and designed. Cool hands!

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  3. You've really given some intensity to the scene cramming them into close quarters, I had never pictured Theseus so sinewy and unprotected- but it really heightens the drama and make for another amazing piece!

  4. Wow Justin this is the best!
    As a kid I learned about the minotaur and the labyrinth and it just creeped me out to be cramped in a dark maze with a bull-man. This painting captures every nuance of that creepy feeling!
    In my opinion your oil paintings are getting better every time.

  5. Guhh! Fantastic man! Beautifully and masterfully done my friend!

  6. excellent composition! love how the Minotaur frames Thesus and creates an uncomfortable space for the viewer!

  7. Wow! Thats a really exciting piece!

  8. Love this. Have you read House of Asterion by Borges? A Minotaur POV of the Labyrinth done exquisitely. I think you would love it.

    Also- we going to see you at SDCC again this year?

  9. Kristina,
    Yknow, I never have read the whole thing, and have only heard an abridgment. It sounds really fascinating and I'd love to check it out. I love the ideas there. I love seeing authors treat monsters in a human light, so they don't seem so distant and we find that we can critically evaluate our own lives through the same lens. Like Grendel and the Dragon both in John Gardner's 'Grendel.' I need to pick this one up some time.

    Also, I will definitely be back this year (both at SDCC and at Illuxcon) I'm looking forward to seeing everyone again!

  10. Hey very cool stuff here.
    I saw your comment at eric fortune.
    I like the pig, swain, or how do you say that in english. Ok, you get it.

  11. The story isn't very long- less than 10 pages I think. I believe you can find it in the "Labyrinths" collection- which I can't recommend enough. It's not a very big book, and all the stories are short, but they make you think for days after reading.

    I need to read that Grendel book- I haven't yet and I've heard wonderful things. Thanks for reminding me!

    I'm looking forward to seeing you and your art at SDCC again! Maybe we'll have some new literature to geek out over. :)

  12. All of your digital and traditional work is amazing man!

  13. i can' thet over the awesomeness of the Minotaur's nose!

  14. I love the looseness of the strokes here -- especially on Theseus' forearm and deltoid! (Amazing -- he looks like an "After" photo from a P90X pamphlet.) And the minotaur is truly awesome: zooming in on his image is frightening. Congrats on finding that delicate spot, where the image is so energetic it's just shy of being out-of-control. It's like what the sound of The Beatles' earliest recordings would look like if someone decided to somehow paint them! (And I mean that as a complete and utter compliment.)