Ok so I’ve said before how awesome the poem “Epic of Gilgamesh” is, but I want to give you a quick recap on the poem so you know from the get-go, why I think it’s baller status. Here’s a summary courtesy of Wikipedia-

The Epic of Gilgamesh is an epic poem from Mesopotamia and is among the earliest known works of literature. Scholars believe that it originated as a series of Sumerian legends and poems about the protagonist of the story, Gilgamesh king of Uruk, which was fashioned into a longer  Akkadian epic much later. The most complete version existing today is preserved on 12 clay tablets from the library collection of 7th-century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. The epic was originally titled He who Saw the Deep (Sha naqba imuru) or Surpassing All Other Kings (Shutur eli sharri), which are the  first few words of the epic in different versions.

The story revolves around a relationship between Gilgamesh and his close male companion, Enkidu. Enkidu is a wild man created by the gods as Gilgamesh’s equal to distract him from oppressing the citizens of Uruk. Together they undertake dangerous quests that incur the displeasure of the gods. Firstly, they journey to the Cedar Mountain to defeat Humbaba, it’s monstrous guardian. Later they kill the Bull of Heaven that the goddess Ishtar has sent to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances.

Right off the bat, anything with the title ” He who saw the Deep” is probably full of awesome and win. It gets better though, you find out as you read through the poem that Gilgamesh starts out as an asshole. He is two-thirds god and one-third man, and the king of Uruk. That’s not why he’s an asshole though- he oppresses his subjects by imposing the “lord’s right” on newly married chicks, which means he bangs them on their wedding night. The guys? He makes them do busy work and wearing them out by making them do games, tests of strength and forced labor on building projects. The Gods create Enkidu as an equal to Gilgamesh, and after they duke it out when they first meet, they become bro’s and decide to go wreck stuff all over the world. Hilarious. Why can’t modern stories start out this awesome? Oh by the way, the first thing they do is go wreck this dude named Humbaba? That’s such a baller name, they have heard stories about this badass and they still plan to go wreck his stuff. Also also, they kill the Bull of Heaven because this goddess Ishtar got re-jected (lol!)  by Gilgamesh and went all hater-mode on him. It’s literally called the Bull of Heaven and she sent it because her ego got hurt! Reading this epic poem reminded me so much of Greek Mythology, which I absorbed like it was water when I was younger. The lliad is amazing is you ever get the chance to actually read the whole thing. Just read all of Greek Mythology period, it’s super-baller status. Ok, back to Gilgamesh.

So here’s what I settled on for Gilgamesh. I went through alot of different looks (some of the earliest ones I posted awhile ago, where he had a head of flaming hair. I feel like the “bald, grizzled badass” look was stale and overdone oh- three years ago, so I wanted to stay far away from that route. I also wanted to give him the initial haughty look of an asshole, but have him change as he grows as a person and a king, throughout the story.

I started out with a simple crown with a G on it, but they didn’t have our alphabet back then so it seemed silly to keep on there. Thus I gave him a simple bronze crown with studs in it.  Next up is Enkidu. He’s a hairy dude, and supposed to be Gilgamesh’s counterpart- a man of the wilds, covered in hair. So where Gilgamesh was haughty and well-groomed, I went with a furry, hairy-bear loveable redneck look for Enkidu.

And now the two of them side by side-

Last but not least, a collection of different facial expressions for the both of them.

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  1. Gilgamesh is one of my favorite stories. I remember purchasing the book from one of my history classes wayyy back, and it’s still a good read. I got a pretty good translated version too.

    Awesome sketches as always. Hope that facial expression post i made on your wall came in handy

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