This project began as a tattoo design. A friend of mine, who over the years has owned approximately nine snakes and six other reptiles, wanted a tattoo of a small ball python around her ankle. To design this tattoo was my original intent, but due to the limitations on drawing that exist when coding rather than using traditional materials, I took the theme of snakes, and went in a different direction.
The role snakes play in mythology peaked my interest while I was researching types of snakes. Due to their ability to shed their skin, they were often associated with immortality and healing, which has carried on to this day, at least to the extent that entwined serpents are the symbol for medicine/physicians. Snakes are often representative of the underworld, as well, and the mythical. From dragons to Medusa, snakes play a key role in monsters, magic, and ethereality. These are the themes that became the foundation for the project, Eidolon, which itself means an apparition or ideal.