Queen Gorgo

Posted on February 23, 2011


1 Lunchbreak failed attempt …

3 Lunchbreaks to finally finish …

300 is a great movie, retelling one of the most heroic historical acts of war. Would have liked to sketch Leonidas (and may do some day), but the beard scares me … a little too challenging. So I went with Queen Gorgo, played by Lena Headey. I found the shape of her face difficult to capture, without appearing too masculine.

Queen Gorgo knowing her husband is unlikely to return, addressed the Senate with:

“I am not here to represent Leonidas; his actions speak louder than my words ever could. I am here for all those voices which cannot be heard: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons – three hundred families that bleed for our rights, and for the very principles this room was built upon. We are at war, gentlemen. We must send the entire Spartan army to aid our king in the preservation of not just ourselves, but of our children. Send the army for the preservation of liberty. Send it for justice. Send it for law and order. Send it for reason. But most importantly, send our army for hope – hope that a king and his men have not been wasted to the pages of history – that their courage bonds us together, that we are made stronger by their actions, and that your choices today reflect their bravery.”

That’s the emotion I feel in this picture.

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