Mythologies are often, as I see it, exaggerations of real life. These three monsters are most commonly associated with Hebrew stories but exist in other mythologies also. I like these exaggerations from an artistic point of view because they allow me to draw whatever I want. I can read various descriptions and follow one which I particularly like or make my work an amalgam of all those accounts.
That’s what I did with the Leviathan. She’s a sea monster, I’ve wanted to draw her for a long time. There are suggestions that in reality she may have been either a whale, sea snake or Nile Crocodile.
The Behemoth is most commonly accepted to be a hippopotamus but elephants, rhinoceros, bulls and bears have all been identified as possible sources for the stories which led to this legend.
Ziz is less well known than the other two, she is a giant hawk-esque bird and in myth is the protector of all birds. RSPB do I good job, but I think I’d prefer her looking out for me.
Stick any of their names into google and you’re sure to get a truck load of information about them and their origins. You’ll be sucked into a world of mental big things which wreck the place, then the Young Earth Creationists show up with their daft opinions and you’ll laugh until your head falls off.