Triton illustrated by jennifer farley

Triton

Triton illustrated by jennifer farley

This is one of two images I created for an Illustrators Ireland group exhibition called Mythical Beasts. This is Triton.

Triton is a mythological Greek god, the messenger of the sea. He is the son of Poseidon and Amphitrite, god, and goddess of the sea respectively, and is a herald for his father. He is usually represented as a merman where he has the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish, “sea-hued”, according to Ovid “his shoulders barnacled with sea-shells”. Like his father, Poseidon, he carried a trident. However, Triton’s special attribute was a twisted conch shell, on which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was such a cacophony, that when loudly blown, it put the giants to flight, who imagined it to be the roar of a dark wild beast.

The background is from a painting in the Rijksmuseum which is freely available in the public domain and actively encouraged by the museum to be used in other artwork. It’s called Rough Sea with a Dutch Yacht under Sail, Ludolf Bakhuysen, 1694

This idea of Greek myths is one I have since returned to in another exhibition with an image called “Song of the Tone Deaf Siren“. And check out The Kraken!

Jennifer Farley

Jennifer Farley is an Irish illustrator, designer, and author. She creates colourful, retro-inspired characters for books, maps, print, web, advertising and promotional events. Jennifer is also a design instructor and has been teaching Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom and InDesign for nearly 15 years.