Medusa was a monster, one of the Gorgon sisters and daughter of Phorkys and Keto, the children of Gaea (Earth) and Oceanus (Ocean). She had the face of an ugly woman with snakes instead of hair; anyone who looked into her eyes was immediately turned to stone. Her sisters were Sthenno and Euryale, but Medusa was the only mortal of the three.
She was originally a golden-haired, fair maiden, who, as a priestess of Athena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; however, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him. For this offence, she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner. Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; her once gentle, love-inspiring eyes turned into blood-shot, furious orbs, which excited fear and disgust in the mind of the onlooker; whilst her former roseate hue and milk-white skin assumed a loathsome greenish tinge.
Seeing herself transformed into such a repulsive creature, Medusa fled her home, never to return. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by the rest of the world, she turned into a character worthy of her outer appearance. In her despair, she fled to Africa, where, while wandering restlessly from place to place, young snakes dropped from her hair; that is how, according to the ancient Greeks, Africa became a hotbed of venomous reptiles. With the curse of Athena upon her, she turned into stone whomever she gazed upon, till at last, after a life of nameless misery, deliverance came to her in the shape of death, at the hands of Perseus.


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  1. David Dixon says:

    Try to discuss how looking at the character of Medusa is influencing the look of your characters/ideas

    For example:

    What is interesting about this character is how the figure has fallen from grace and the visual look conveys the beaten, and downtrodden. Using greys, green and muted blues there is a real sense of foreboding and dread in the design of the character. Look at Ray Harryheusen design the gorgon (medusa) in Clash of the Titans, the colours, mixed with the unnatural animated performance really capture the personality of the character. When considering my own ideas I need to think about how my character will move and also how the audience will react to colour palette used.

    The blog is coming together really nice, but you need to use more images!, Also always finish a post trying to answer:

    What did I find interesting/exciting/relevant/supportive?

    Can I compare this to learning in other areas of the course work?

    and more importantly have a sentence that includes….I felt as though I learnt (insert learning) this is important to my project because (insert relevant text)


    It was important to learn about pacing and timing whilst watching Frank, this has shown me that my performance should not be rushed, and solving a time based problem should not be about the quickest answer, planning, preperation and staging are important to engage the audience and to keep them enthralled.


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