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Mythical Creatures Contest - Quetzalcoatl

Quetzalcoatl is a Mesoamerican deity whose name means 'feathered serpent'. Quetzalcoatl, or rather the feathered serpent deity, has been worshipped by many different ethno-political groups in Mesoamerican history.

Among the Aztecs, whose beliefs are the best-documented in the historical sources, Quetzalcoatl, being one of the important gods of the Aztec pantheon, was related to gods of the wind, of Venus, of the dawn, of merchants and of arts, crafts and knowledge. He was also the patron god of the Aztec priesthood, of learning and knowledge.



So....I know I've been absent from deviantART a... while. Last submission was in February apparently, but whenever I'm not feeling inspired there is nothing quite like a contest to get my ass into gear again, so here is my go at this. Worked hard to squeeze as much time I could afford into painting this as I could and I'm still only just managing to submit this moments before the deadline. Oh how typical of me...

Sorry it's so detail-heavy, I was never good at the 'simple yet stylish' thing. May look cluttered here, but should be okay on a shirt I imagine.

In hindsight Quetzalcoatl was not the most original of subjects I could have picked (I've seen him float around quite frequently in the contest gallery), but I didn't really have any time to start over for a new creature design. Hope you don't mind.

Enough rambling, hope you like it! If so, please consider voting for the design. Apparently this contest is one of a popularity kind, so please accept my apologies for having to pester you about this.


~Vyrilien


Time Taken: Twenty? I'm not sure.
Tools used: Photoshop CS3, Wacom Intuos 4

Larger version of this found here for better view of details: [link]
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When the Dragon soars and the Phoenix dances, the people will enjoy happiness for years, bringing peace and tranquility to all under heaven.

Legend claims the Dragon holds the power of everlasting life among his claws. This most valuable treasure, wisdom, is made possible only to those who perceive real truth and attain enlightenment. The jewel that grants all desires, symbol of all power and knowledge.

The magnificent Red Bird, Fenghuang (Also known as the Chinese Phoenix) is the symbol of high virtue and grace; also symbolizes the union of Yin and Yang; shadow and light, heat and cold, woman and man taming each other in an eternal dance; opposites need each other to maintain balance.

Each pearl stands for a being. The four of them are in clockwise order, starting from the one the Dragon is holding: South, West, North, and East.

The Dragon is the East and the Phoenix is the South. (The other two are the Tortoise/North; and the Kirin/West)

But the main picture is for the first two, which represents the union of Yin and Yang. And so is why it's called "Quarter past six"; since the time would tell those cardinal directions.

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The message on this piece is that, since the Phoenix represents the woman, she would be the most valuable treasure as is being held as the jewel by the Dragon. Therefore, the wisest creature in the world.


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Well, I thought I'd give this contest a try.

I believe mythology and art go hand in hand. Sure, fantastic oral and written traditions exist, but no other medium can bring the imaginary to life like the visual arts. Throughout time, myths have inspired art and have added to our understanding of cultures around the world. So here is a little tribute to the way art brings myth to life!
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Here is my entry for the Mythical Creatures Design Challenge :)

You can see the following mythical creatures in this design: Quetzalcoatl from Mexico, a Foo Dog from China, a Kitsune from Japan, a European dragon, a European unicorn, Pegasus from greek, a Gryphon from South europe/Africa and (on the back) a pixie a spirit from Cornwall/Great Britain.

I would be happy if this design could be qualified for the top 100, which is difficult because of the many very talented people here^^ ….well, but it’s the taking part that counts!

It’s not easy to design something that could be worn by persons of all ages and genders. Due to this I thought that the design shouldn’t be too dark/evil or too colorful/cute…well, something between.

(This design should be limited to not more than five colors)

....if you like it you can vote for it ^^
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For the Mythological creatures contest, I was inspired tell a story with this design. I've always found the Minotaur, the illegitimate cursed son sent to punish King Minos, to be a tragic figure. He is the horrific hybrid of human and beast, cursed to an existence where he must prey upon people to survive. However, he is not a simple heartless monster. In Greek black-figure and red-figure pottery depicting the Minotaur's death, the Minotaur is shown to have a bird escaping from his chest, which is a common representation of the human soul in Greek art. I began to wonder, what does this pitiable malformed boy do while he is trapped in the dark, cramped labyrinth. Perhaps he dreams of flying free, like Pegasus. I chose to illustrate this desire for freedom from his fate as a simple tool of punishment for King Minos.

I restricted my color pallet to only 5 colors, as was required by the Mythological Creatures contest, and was inspired to use colors found in Greek Red-Figure pottery, an artistic style which was popular between 530 BCE to 3 BCE. I decided to give the Minotaur blue eyes to make him appear more innocent; I also chose blue as an accent color, as it is complementary to the orange-tinged browns that dominate the design.

I wish to thank everyone who has taken the time to view this piece. I am eternally grateful to the DeviantArt community, especially to all my watchers! I have gone through some very difficult and demoralizing events, but the positive comments, excellent critiques, well wishes, and support I've received have helped to give me some confidence in my craft and motivated me to better myself as an artist. The DeviantArt community has given me hope for the future, a gift that I will treasure for a lifetime.


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While working on this piece, I did quite a bit of research into the Minotaur's myth. I just want to share some of the The name Minotaur is a shortening of the ancient Greek term Minotauros, which comes from combining Minos, the king whose hubris was being punished with the birth of the Minotaur, and Tauros, the ancient Greek spelling for the bull constellation we call Taurus. Our Pronunciations for ancient Greek words is often taken from Roman interpretations, which often differ from the original Greek language.
The Minotaur's true name is Asterion, (the starry one) and suggests that he was associated with the constellation Tauros. He is the son of King Minos' Wife and the beautiful white Cretan Bull, who also appears in myths relating to Hercules and Theseus.
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If you like my vision, and would love to wear this like i would, then please click "I WANT THIS" when this option would be available for voting from 25 July until 31 July period.
-link to my first entry -
So, this is my second entry, as many of you, friends urged me to do it :)

*** The idea itself in my concept was to see Deviant Art community as a place where IMAGINATION is shared, where IMAGINATION is fed and enriched into a virtual "immortal" place where precious pieces of art are exposed by great artists and lovers of art. A place which could enrich our palette of imagination, adding also depth and daring into creation. The chromatic was chosen after DA official site palette of colors. The design has transparent contour. Its contour is done by the color of t-shirt. The main t-shirt design is 4000x4000 size ***
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I took mythical creatures and put them in place of the horoscope signs with the best match.. some of them didn't have to change much such as the centaur which we always see as sagittarius(,

these seemed like the best fits;

Aquarius: Tsurube-otoshi (Japanese) - Monster which drops or lowers a bucket from the top of a tree to catch people
Pisces: Mermaid
Aries: Criosphinx (Ancient Egypt) - Ram-headed sphinx
Taurus: Minotaur (Greek mythology) - Human-bull hybrid
Gemini: Orthrus (Greek) - Two-headed dog
Cancer: Heikegani (Japanese) - Crabs with human-faced shells, the spirits of the warriors killed in the Battle of Dan-no-ura
Leo: Pixiu (Chinese) - Winged lion
Virgo: Medusa (Greek)
Libra: Harpy (Greek) - Death spirit with the form of a bird with a human head
Scorpio: Aqrabuamelu (Akkadian) - Human-scorpion hybrid
Sagittarius: Centaur (Greek) - Human-horse hybrid
Capricorn: Satyr (Greek) - Human-goat hybrid and fertility spirit
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A mermaid coming out from your very inside...



Please vote if you would wear this n_____n I'll really appreciate it!




vote from july 25 to july 31 2012
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Look closely. The creatures spell the word "MYTH."

Other designs are at the following:

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This is the mythical Native American Indian Thunderbird that was believed to bring storms and natural disasters. It shot lightning from it's eyes and made thunder with the flap of it's wings.
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