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Hades and Persephone by callisto-chan Hades and Persephone by callisto-chan
As seen on pottery!

This is a Modern Day Cupid-friendly update of the above, a segment from a red-figure vase (I believe the original would have been on the inside of a large drinking cup, as you can see here.) I've drawn this style before, but this one is better just thanks to improvements in my art. It's probably closer to actual Greek pottery anyway, since they had a fairly strong sense of proportion, and a keen eye for drapery -- at least by this period. The earlier, black figure artworks they did (as you can see) were much more stiff and more template-like than the later red-figures. I don't know if that's simply because the art styles changed, or if the nature of red-figure art made it easier to depict things than the black-figure.

I can't quite tell what the original is supposed to be (I think Hades is offering Persephone a cup of wine?), but in terms of the poses, I changed very little -- Hades no longer had his horn of plenty, just because with MDC-Hades' toga, it'd have been harder to work in; Persephone's legs changed position slightly, but that's about it. I wanted to stay as close to the original as possible, while changing the designs to be closer to ~erin-hime's versions.

I did alter some things, though -- part of Persephone's gown, and Hades' tunic are both depicted with many fine pleats. They don't have those pleats in their actual designs, but that's very common in Greek pottery art, for men and women alike, so I just did it here too. I'm sure there was a reason they did that - maybe actual tunics were finely pleated, and since they were gods, it would make sense they'd wear expensive stuff like that, but they have it here. It was a little hard to make Persephone's tunic work with that style because of the way it's knotted on one shoulder rather than being held up with clasps, but I managed. The lower half of her tunic is bare mostly because I thought there'd be too many lines otherwise, and it'd just get confusing. ;P

It's funny seeing the designs reduced down to simply lines and blocks of black (for hair, since their hair is both dark) -- not to say that they weren't nice designs before, but there's something striking about that. Persephone, in Particular, looks rather pretty. Maybe it's the way I drew her face -- but then again, if you look at the original I linked, both of their faces look like that. It's funny -- Hades looks like he's rolling his eyes at something, and Persephone looks exasperated, so I like to imagine baby brother Zeus is somewhere out of frame, being a jerk. Hades and Persephone are either secretly plotting a way to sneak out of there without anyone noticing, or plotting to slip something in Zeus' wine. Who knows with these two? :XD:

And though most of the work was in the inking, I have to admit I like how it turned out. Sure, some of the textures I used are off (that red background is sediment rock, not pottery), but the idea's there, and that's the important thing. I might have to try my hand at more, but we'll see how it goes. >.> I hope you like this, ~erin-hime

Hades/Orpheus Kalonimos and Persephone/Stephanie Hayden ~erin-hime
Modern Day Cupid ~erin-hime
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Only 15 more days until Persephone rejoins Hades...
Rainbow-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, I'm actually writing about the work this is based on in my thesis, but I love your version! The matching skull and crossbone earrings cracked me up :D
callisto-chan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds like an interesting thesis! Good luck with it! :D Ha, I'm afraid I can't claim any credit for the design -- these are ~erin-hime's versions from her story Modern Day Cupid, where Hades and Persephone are supporting characters. I agree with you, though -- the matching earrings are great! :XD: thanks for the comment!
Rainbow-Virus Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, I'll need all the luck I can get!
erin-hime Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One thing I've always been a little envious of with you is the fact that you are able to figure out different styles, and create something like this. It's not just the artistic style, either, but also the way it was created and the general look of it. It's simple, sure, and most of the work was done in the inking, but it still looks like something that would have been found on pieces at that time, and that's remarkable. Of course, seeing how you did it would make it easier for me to copy something like this...if I could get the artistic style down. ;P

This is so awesome, though! It's so shiny and everything. :D I was a little surprised you went with an exact interpretation of this, since when you said you were going to try it, I though you were going to just pose them like this. I have no complaints about it, though. I don't think Hades really looks like he's rolling his eyes, but they both do look a little annoyed at something. I sort of saw Persephone being agitated that Hades is handing her that bowl or something...she actually looks a little in the middle of a conversation, with her hands like that, so maybe he was interrupting? Or maybe they're just sort of giving each other looks because Zeus is doing something in the foreground, and Persephone just stopped in the middle of that conversation because of it.

It's fun to speculate. ;P

I mentioned it before, but I still think it's a little funny how short Persephone looks here. I honestly thought it was a mistake, and I was annoyed at it until I looked up Hades' height and saw I made him crazy tall. She just looks funny thanks to that. But otherwise, both of them look fantastic here. The only thing I'm iffy on is Hades' resting hand, since it looks like it's just floating there instead of resting. But easy enough to overlook. Especially with how hot he looks, even in that ancient style.

I almost want to say that I'd love to see more of these (espeically since this turned out so much better than you're first version), but I'm not sure if that's something you'd do or not. ^^; Still, it's great to see this one at least. So pretty! :love:
callisto-chan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aping the style isn't too difficult -- for me it's mostly a matter of drawing the faces slightly differently -- but aping the style well is another matter entirely. The first attempt wasn't bad, in a sense (I referenced a plate with a different way of drawing eyes, since each painter had their own style), but this one's just better. Maybe because it looks more fluid and natural -- the Greeks were good with anatomy, so it makes sense the painters would be the same way. Yeah, I'll agree with you -- drawing the rest actually isn't too difficult, and your usual style would be fine. But it's drawing those profiles, where the forehead and the bridge of the nose just slide into each other without any hint of definition, that's the hard part, especially to get it to look good while you're at it. ;P

I don't know why I went with an exact interpretation, but I think it was because I really liked the posing of the original -- sort of cute and a little romantic without being overly so. Just the idea of them sitting together, quietly talking, seemed really nice to me. Haha yeah, this particular style of eyes seems to make everyone look a little sarcastic or exasperated. And I agree, it is fun to speculate. ;)

Mind you, I have a fondness for speculation that involves Zeus, but only because Zeus and Hades get along like oil and water. ;P Not to mention I like the idea of them collectively being annoyed with Zeus, rather than Persephone just being annoyed with Hades for interrupting her. So yeah, definitely gotta be Zeus being stupid int he foreground, and judging by the way Persephone's stopped dead, he's really topped himself here. :XD:

I actually didn't think they looked too bad, because Hades is lying down while Persephone is sitting, but I suppose you can tell the height difference just by the sizes of everything. I was a little confused as to why you were confused, because I knew I'd referenced the site, and there was that big a gap in their heights, but...honestly, I can't understand not remembering how tall you make certain characters. I'm the same way with some of mine, though luckily they're the ones I don't draw very much so it doesn't matter. And yeah, that one hand is iffy -- there's always one thing that looks off, but like you said, it's minor. Especially since who's staring at Hades' hands when there's his sexy, sexy face to look at? ;P

I wouldn't mind doing more of these, no -- possibly some for UM too, or a crossover. It just depends on what I want to do/what ideas I have. But this one is great for now, I agree. :D Glad you like! :love:
songofamazon Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous work on this one!
callisto-chan Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment and fave! I'm glad you like it. :D
Nico-Di-Angelo-fan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Instant fave.... I LOVE this myth, my favorite after Eros and Psyche!
callisto-chan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! I like the Hades/Persephone myth too...maybe because there are just so few love stories in myth that actually end happily for both parties. ;)
Nico-Di-Angelo-fan Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I know, for some weird reason, Hades seems like he could be quite the husband! ;)
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