Posts Tagged ‘Mythology’

Week one-nintey-three of Operation Graphite – theme: Dragon.

Leather wings and breath of fire; stories about dragons have inspired humans for millennia. From ancient China, Persia, Meso-America and Europe, mythological reptile or serpent creatures are symbols of power and majesty. While some may be bored with classical depictions, when a dragon is designed well, it is clear why it is the creature has remains the top of the fantasy food chain for centuries.

Contributing Dragons:

shawnbrookwilliams – Dragon

Shock – Balerion the Black Dread


The theme selected for week one-nintey-three of Operation Graphite will be: Dragon.


We’ve covered various mythological animals before, but never the grand daddy of all folklorish creatures. Dragons, and dragon like creatures are found all over the world with myths dating back to ancient times.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Dragon.

All art work is due 9 P.M. PST on Friday, 11.13.15. Submissions will be published the weekend of 11.14.15

The theme selected for week one-fifteen of Operation Graphite will be: Japanese Mythology.


Mythology is a favorite topic, we’ve covered Greek and Norse so far, now it’s time for something from the Far East, or really far West depending on where you’re coming from. Japanese Mythology is pretty much about the same things as all other mythologies are, its all about explaining natural phenomena using giant animals, scaring the crap out of kids with ghost stories, and telling some sort of disturbing moral tale. The raccoons with Giant Scrotums on the other hand, is absolutely unique to Japan. So is the blend of Mythology and Folklore unique, where the Japanese religion is a blend of Shinto Shamanism, and Buddhism; all sorts of myths, legendary creatures, heroes and antagonists coexist.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Japanese Mythology.

All art work is due on Thursday, 5.15.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 5.16.13

Week ninety one of Operation Graphite – theme: Zodiac.

Pseudo Science of some form appeals to nearly everoyone. And while different people might scoff at others beliefs as quackery, a hoax or nonsense, there are very few people who are truly rational and entirely empirical in their thinking. I had the pleasure of once working with a prominent astronomer. Between breaks in an interview about cosmology, this very scientific person interjected that she was “a Cancer, and ruled by the Moon.” Though she refused to admit to such things on camera, her ability to associate with a divination system that is completely debunked by her profession illustrates the human desire to believe in the mystical. As science begins to eclipse truths with facts, there seems to be a hidden chamber within our rational mind that still wants to believe.

Contributing Signs:

shawnbrookwilliams – Scorpion

Shock – Capricorn One

Thank you for contributing.

The theme selected for week ninety one of Operation Graphite will be: Zodiac.


Hey, what’s your sign? Oh, you don’t believe in that stuff. Ok, that’s cool, neither do I. Everyone knows that’s all BS anyways. I mean, did you know there was a 13th sign? and everyone is supposedly one sign off? But still, there is something neat about all the imagery, those anthropomorphized associations of stars that we feel has some sort of insight to our personality and destiny. Mythological creatures, gods and what ever else some drunken sailor thought he saw whilst starring, glassy eyed at the cosmos. Real or not, it got our conversation started. Can I…  buy you a drink?

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Zodiac.

All art work is due on Thursday, 11.21.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 11.22.13

Week eighty of Operation Graphite – theme: Greek Mythology.

Unfortunately, I’m a little frustrated with my submission this week. I had plenty of time, and even sketched out some ideas, but nothing quite clicked. For one of my favorite subjects, I really hoped I could have pulled something great together. Of course it is a theme I can always come back to, and even I need to remember that Grey Ops are less about grand, laborious  works and more about quick, fun sketches.  Thank you to my band of brothers for having my back.

Contributing works:

Micah – Forgotten Gods

shawnbrookwilliams – Cyclops vs. Siren

Shock – Dionysus

The theme selected for week eighty of Operation Graphite will be: Greek Mythology.

Florence Uffizi Birth of Venus cropped via Wikimedia


Greek Mythology, where the Romans go when they can’t make up their own gods, or where Hollywood goes for character names, though they don’t pay much attention to the original stories. Unlike many monotheistic religions, the Greek Pantheon of gods are not perfect beings; they are just as flawed as humans, maybe more flawed, but with superpowers and really messed up origins stories. Then there are the heroic mortals and demi-gods with their wild adventures that have been told, and retold, for millennia.

Please submit any drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media, that fits the theme: Greek Mythology.

All art work is due on Thursday, 9.5.13. Submissions will be published the following Friday, 9.6.13.

Week thirty three of Operation Graphite – Theme: Animal Hybrid.


Let’s welcome a new member to the Corps, as we ride our hybrid animal abominations into battle. What might someday become reality thanks to genetic engineering, will for now only remain possible though art and special effects. Science is already frighteningly close to creating such creatures. There already are genetically engineered goats with spider DNA, whose milk contains spider silk protein that can be spun into silk. Sadly these goats look just like regular goats and don’t have eight eyes and eight legs. Kinda makes me wish I would had drawn that… maybe glad I didn’t, I might have nightmares for weeks from that mental image. Hey, next week’s theme Nightmare!

Contributing Monstrous Chimeras

bruku – Orangubat

drafturgy – B’wana Beast and Squid Elephant

kalebschad – Diamond Spotted Dake

Sethomatic – Lion head, gorilla arms and a python Torso

Shock – Antlered Tiguana

Thank you for experimenting with animal DNA.

The theme selected for week thirty three of Operation Graphite will be: Animal Hybrid.

A thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire. Daughter of Typon and Echidna, Chimera ravaged Lycia until Bellerphon mounted the winged stallion Pegasus and attacked her from above. 

Hybrid animals are plentiful in various ancient mythologies, from the Egyptian Ammit and Gryphon, to the Greek Hippocamp and the Chinese Qilin. Even the modern day taxidermic parody, the Jackalope, is an example of an animal hybrid. This week we can either create our own hybrid animal, or delve in to the rich mythological catalog for inspiration. The creature may be cute or monstrous, but it must be all animal, no human DNA allowed.

Please submit a drawing or painting, using traditional or digital media of a Hybrid Animal

All art work is due on Thursday 9.20.12. Submissions will be published the following Friday 9.21.12.

Week twenty eight of Operation Graphite – Theme: Norse Mythology.

Ah, Norse Mythology, where if you die fighting bravely in battle you spend your afterlife in Valhalla; fighting an endless battle for all eternity. Sounds kind of brutal to me. The PTSD cases in Valhalla must be through the roof. Where’s the religion turned Mythology where if you die gloriously in battle, your afterlife is a Caribbean island. An afterlife where you do nothing all day but sip fine ale and have your battle weary feet massaged.

Contributing Norsemen

bruku – The Children of Loki at Ragnarok

Micah – Odin

Shock – Wandering Odin

sweatywest – Njord

Thank for being worthy of Valhalla