In Greek mythology Medusa ("guardian, protectress") was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly into her eyes would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, though the author Hyginus (Fabulae, 151) interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents.
Illustrator Florian Nicolle (previously) has published a wonderful collection of his textured illustrations from 2011. Layering scans of newspaper, ink, paint, and a fair amount of digital retouching he arrives at these truly remarkable portraits.
'Evil Queen' .- "Toni G was inspired by the colors of the labradorite stone, a mineral which has a swirly, metallic, oil-spill finish. Those colors made it into Maleficent’s eye makeup palette and the director loved it so much that he incorporated the stone into Maleficent’s staff, according to Tuiten. It also inspired the color of her contact lenses, which were hand painted by contact lens artist Cristina Patterson.“The lenses mimicked the actual colors [Jolie] has in her eyes."