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Minerva and Arachne by buddyblack Minerva and Arachne by buddyblack
This is the story of Minerva/Athena and Arachne (Minerva because this is a Roman myth, not Greek). Basically, Arachne claims that she is better at weaving than the goddess Minerva, so Minerva challenges her to a contest. Both works are amazing, equal in beauty. Minerva weaves of her triumph over Poseidon in the fight for Athens, while Arachne weaves twenty-one failings of the gods. Offended and angered, Minerva shreds the cloth and strikes Arachne over the head with her staff and turns her into a spider.

In an alternate version, Arachne hangs herself with her shame and Athena takes pity upon her and turns her into a spider.

This was done for Art History I...because I have no time to do any other art, apparently... :P

Pencil and Photoshop Elements

Story from Edith Hamilton's Mythology
zephyr-kaze Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This better be put on pixiv... There is no option. You know how much I love this piece. <3
Momosportif Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
This is really, really, really cool. I mean, really. XD

You should never be allowed to complain about your art showing people's emotions again because I don't think anyone should even have to look at the comments to get the jist of the story. I also love how it all blends together but still has some sort of sequence - it creates the same sense visually that you get hearing or reading myths...

I especially love Minerva's calling Arachne out picture: that point is amazing! The spider transformation is done beautifully too! <3 <3 <3! Really nice work: lots of great clothes lines, profiles, and poses! :)
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November 5, 2010
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