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Persephone by Aurelia24 Persephone by Aurelia24
This is how I imagine Persephone, one of my fave characters from Greek mythology. Here's a little lesson on Greek mythology for you! :nod:

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The beautiful daughter of Demeter and Zeus, Persephone is the focus of the story resulting in the division of the seasons, giving us the sweetness of Spring and the bitterness of Winter. Hades did not woo the beautiful Persephone, he abducted her and took her to his underground kingdom. After much protest, Persephone came to love the cold blooded king of the underworld but her mother, Demeter, was consumed with rage and sorrow. She demonstrated her anger by punishing the earth’s inhabitants, gentle and fierce with bitter cold and blustering winds. Unless Persephone was returned of to her mother’s side, the earth would perish.

Herakles came to the rescue. He entered the kingdom of Hades and negotiated a compromise between the (usually cold and selfish) Hades and the (usually loving and caring) Demeter. All agreed that Persephone would spend part of the year with her husband, Hades, and part of the year with her mother, Demeter.

When Persephone is with Hades the earth is wracked by the sorrow of her mother. But, when Persephone returns from the underworld to walk the earth again, Demeter pours forth the blessings of Spring to welcome her beloved daughter home.

From: [link]

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This painting took me about 3 hours to complete, and I used a reference photo for face structure and proportions.
Suggestions welcomed! :hug:
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timide-fille Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Artist
this is gorgeous artwork~ Persephone's story was one of my favorites when I learned about mythology ^^
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ParadiseLost16 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2006   Photographer
oh ^^
I study mythology in the school :)
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korn-itza Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005  Student
great job... i'm speechless...:D
are u from romania? couse i am... and when u said that u read the greek mithology in 8th grade.. i knew it:P
anyway... i saw your pics with eyes.... kool! couse i'm really obssessed...
write me!
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2005
Thanks a lot! :bow:
No actually, I'm from Dubai, U.A.E! :aww:
Hehe, well, we studied American textbooks so maybe you guys have the same?
Anyway, Greek Mythology is an important part of literature and it's bound to be taught at some point during school I guess. :shrug:
And thanks again! :aww: :hug:
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cerinia Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
Hey! Oh wow, this is just so... great! You're really, really good at painting... ::worship::
Long time no see. I came back to check up on things and saw how much great work you've been doing... and yeah, woo! You got a subscription! XD
And Happy 17th Birthday!
Anyway, yes, I really love this painting... the colours are beautiful as well as the style, and... Persephone is also my fav from Greek Mythology :D
Sorry, I don't have time to comment on everything... so I'll just say... your gallery rocks!
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
Haha, thanks a lot!! :glomp:
Yeaah, looong time no see! Yes, finally 17! Wee, thanks! Have some leftover :cake:, still tastes ok =p
Aww, thanks again! Yeah, Persephone is the best.. she's just so pretty and charming yet equally so sad and filled with doom.. quite a contrast.
And no no, that's fine! It's the thought that counts!
Thanks again! :glomp:
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AlteredBeast Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
wow...I learned something! ;)..This is great, I love her beutiful face, but she's crying :nod:....my fav Hermes in mythology ;)
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AlteredBeast Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
lol...sorry ^^;...yeah :glomp:...:O
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2005
Haha, that was the point!
And thanks a lot! :glomp:
Hermes? Must check him out then! :nod:
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farout49 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great pic :)
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
Thanks a lot for the comment and fave!! :glomp:
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eurasianrose86 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
wow this is great....what a difficult angle to draw too!
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eurasianrose86 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005
:w00t: :nod: btw, b-e-a-utiful avatar!! :D
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005
Thanks a lot hun! :glomp:
Yes, it was difficult to get the proportions right. I think it looked good at the end! :aww:
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anti-social100 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
its real good, you dont see the true jamal (like how i throw in random arabic words :XD: ) until you full screen it

good stuff
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Hehe! Exactly! No true jamal unless full viewed. Everything should be full viewed dangit! FULL VIEW!!!
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anti-social100 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2005
:nod:
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donovan-rayray Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005  Hobbyist Artist
The greeks were very creative.
very interesting picture. she seems as if is about to die in misery..
i love the color and skin tones i see you've worked hard on details.
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Yup, true that. They really were!
And thanks a lot! Yeah, spent a lot of time working on it.
You'll see it in school for the Creativity Fair thing. XD
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Birthmark Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Wow!!! Its really BUT REALLY GOOD!!!!! :thumbsup: :star: :star: :star: :star: :star: :D
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Hehe!
Thanks a whole bunch on the comment and fave!! :glomp:
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Birthmark Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
i loved it!! you got a lot of talent!! :D
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
Thanks again!! :glomp:
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Birthmark Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
:D
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zagher Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
nice!!!!!the hair are beautiful!
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Grazie mille Zagher!! :hug:
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Turkish-Romeo-BoY Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
details are so nice hunny ;)
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Aw, thanks a lot hun! :hug:
Good to see you back! :nod:
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i6aliana Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005   Digital Artist
interesting! didnt knw that story
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Yes, it is quite interesting the way things in nature are interpreted! :nod:
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i6aliana Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005   Digital Artist
i luv it thu...its so creative!
sometimes i just like makin up stories of y certain things happen
i liked it betta wen science didnt have to explain every detail (ok some science is useful for survival...but)
i like th magic in mythology
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Yes, exactly!!
Well, even if science explains what really goes on, simply reading doesn't mean believing!
Mythology is truly magic. I'm thinking of making my next pieces linked to mythology.. explaining what's happening. We'll see how it goes! :nod:
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i6aliana Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005   Digital Artist
definatly will keep an eye out for dat
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2005
You do that! :nod:
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eliXile Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
This is very well done. You've done such a sexy job with the proportions and all. The facial anatomy, which is pretty tough to nail, is very well done. I can clearly see the effort and time you put into this. Very nice.

I don't know if you can do this after you've already finished it, but I think if you could make her left eye (and the entire area surrounding it) a teeny weeny little bit lighter. It's kind of lost with the entire light of the image. Kinda dark if you know what I mean, unless you meant for it to be that way.

The hair :shocked: My lord you did such a good job with the hair. I'm in big awe..

I really love the story as well. I was never into greek Myths, but this is so nice and quite deep really. Maybe I should start reading a bit more :D

Tres Jolie. Good Job 8-)
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Thanks a whole lot Joe! Wonderful comments! :hug:
Sure thing, It is possible. I just did a bit of curves on the left eye and it's surroundings and re-uploaded. What do you think now?
And haha, yes, it's quite interesting! I wasn't a big fan myself! Was re-reading my 8th grade literature book a while back and found her story. Beautiful folk tale, non? :nod:
And merci beaucoup!
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eliXile Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Yup. Definitely better. I can see the entire area better now and the eye shines out.

Yes yes. I'm a sucker for eyes :D

Great job again and you're welcome :hug:
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
It is? That's great then! Thanks again for pointing it out! :hug:
And hehe, if you're a sucker for eyes then I don't know what I am. :giggle:
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eliXile Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
You're a lady with nice eyes then 8-)

hehe :hug:
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Aurelia24 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2005
Aww, thanks! :glomp:
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