2011, Illustration, Mythological

Illustrations: The Birdwomen


Ink, Pencil. Inspired by the Sirens from Greek Myth.

John William Waterhouse – Ulysses and the Sirens (1891)

Incidentally, many other cultures have birdwomen of their own. My most vivid memories of birdwomen include an african folktale (told to me in elementary school) of a terrible birdwoman who would scream: “Ai-yeeeee, ai-yeeee!” We put up a play on her and I had wanted to be birdwoman (I thought I had the perfect scream). In the end I had to contend with playing a shrill little sparrow.

Celestial human-bird figures called the Kinnara figure in Buddhist and Hindu mythology: