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Polynikes by Devitch Polynikes by Devitch
For who knows how many times, I have again read Steven Pressfield's "Gates of Fire" book, and again inspired by it, I decided to draw something or someone...
Polynikes. He is a Spartan Peer, a champion of his generation. Flawless in looks and peerless in valor, he is the nephew of King Leonidas and a member of the King's Three Hundred Spartans in addition to being an Olympic champion. He's the youngest winner of not one, but two Prizes of Valour at the age of 23.

I wanted to stay true to that age and I did a little research, so, everything on him is from that time. Taking in count that he is one of the Noble Knight's and a champion, his equipment is better looking.

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ralyki Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
this is awesome. polynikes is one of my favorite characters in Gates (my all time favorite book). so glad to see him brought to life, and you did him justice for sure!
Devitch Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you =)
GILR8 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
I really like Pressfield's book because it examines the psychology behind the spartans, especially the real reasons why their shields were thier most important piece of gear.
Polynikes' character reminded me of a lot of gifted athletes I met over the years, who because of their superior physical attributes, suffered superior egos. Polynikes for
all of his gifts still fell far short of Diomedes, & He and everyone else knew it.
Devitch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, they are two different worlds :)
drswiss Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Very nice, I really like how you captured a "slice" of Polynikes where he is at his best
Devitch Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Tnx! :) 
Andared Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Great book! And, if it inspires work like this, its even better. Very dynamic and a great visual arrangement.
Devitch Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
ARCraphael Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I love this pic and the book! Polynikes might have been a bit of a dick but he did generally care, he just showed it by breaking noses ;) My fav part in the book though was before the last battle Polynikes starts a trend of trading armor and shield with their Thespian brothers at the end. Great job on capturing Polynikes greatness in battle
Devitch Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
I generally like Polynikes, because he is raw, there are no midways with him, only straight! :D
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