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Calypso and Odysseus by dewmanna Calypso and Odysseus by dewmanna
This painting is based on the story of The Odyssey by Homer. I did this over around a month. I've been so busy since school started that I've only managed to dedicate about an hour a week to painting. Hope you guys like this! I still want to work on it though, not sure if it's entirely finished. All comments very much appreciated, of course (:

WIP: [link]

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In the island Ogygia, Calypso welcomed the exhausted Greek hero, Odysseus, who had drifted for nine days in the open sea after losing his ship and his army to the monsters of Italy and Sicily when coming back home from Troy.

Not having seen any men for hundreds of years, Mythical Calypso fell for Odysseus instantly. She wanted to make him her immortal husband and give him eternal youth. But Odysseus denied her offer as he longed to go back to his wife in Ithaca. Yet, Calypso was so much in love with him that despite his refusal, she persisted and continued seducing Odysseus, making him her lover.


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3781 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
Ha, no worries, Calypso. Leo Valdez is the man you seek. ;)
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PrincessLaine Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Student Photographer
This is amazing! :) I love it so much!!! Well done! :) 
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014   Digital Artist
thanks!
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PrincessLaine Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Student Photographer
:) no problem!
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CortexMoreLikeKatara Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
You really make Calypso look like some kind of flawless goddess. First drawing of her as a brunette (that I've seen)! I LOVE it :D I'm amazed you could do this only in a month. You really have talent. Truly beautiful!
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013   Digital Artist
thanks for the lovely comment :)
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grindilow Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
Wow! This is really beautiful - your skills are amazing!
I'm also glad there are still artists engaging in greek mythology. :heart:
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013   Digital Artist
thank you so much!
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Hail3yNicol3 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012
This is so amazing! I'm reading the Odyssey and this is exactly how I pictured them both to be. :heart: Nice work! :D ^^
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012   Digital Artist
aw thank you! <3
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Hail3yNicol3 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
You're welcome! :) :heart:
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CyndaBell Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
This is beautiful!! i wish i could paint like that!!=) great work
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks so much! :)
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CyndaBell Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
anytime=P
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OhcmPS Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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OhcmPS Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you very much, excellent your job
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AqCLotta071091 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome...
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Digital Artist
thanks!
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adventure91 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Calypso is supposed to be beautiful. You have made her sensually sexy and beautiful.
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Digital Artist
thank you!
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C-Pup Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is amazing. For school, we're reading the Odyssey (translated by Lattimore) and we have to do a project on it. I was wondering if anyone on DA painted Odysseus and I found this beautiful work. The expressions on their faces are capturing their feelings perfectly!

Wonderful job!
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words :) Have fun on your project!
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The charecters are seems so real and I like the way created them. Congrat...:clap:
thabnks for sharing :D
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011   Digital Artist
thank you so much! glad you like it :)
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Hermetic-Wings Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You are very welcome :D
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Synergetic-Dream Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Oh, what a lovely painting!!! I particularly love the expressions on their faces and how there is this light golden hue to everything.


If you ever feel the desire to paint mythology again, you should paint Penelope. I know most people consider her rather uninteresting. But really she is more than a match for Odysseus, she keeps tricking all of those suitors for all those years (and seems to enjoy doing it) and she even manages to trick Odysseus himself at the end of the Odyssey. :)

Anyway, just wanted to let you know how much I loved this!
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   Digital Artist
thanks so much for the lovely comment! Yes I can imagine a composition of Penelope tending to her loom or maybe even unravellingit to trick the suitors. I find her an interesting character as well, in a more subtle way. Maybe one day I will do it :) I really appreciate your suggestion and the kind words :hug:
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Silkymilkypie21 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm studying "The Odyssey" at school, and before that I was Demeter in a play about the Gods and Goddesses(In a more comical setting, but those myths sure did come in handy this school year-I already knew about some of the material that was covered, haha!!). You could say I'm a Greek mythology nerd. XD Now, I've seen artwork depicting Odysseus and Calypso the Sweet Nymph before, but this one stands out from the rest. It's quite beautiful. I really love the way Calypso's hair flows, and Odysseus' facial expression. I like how you capture the way he felt when he was stuck on Calypso's island; he pleased the nymph, but he missed his home so much... my only complaint that I have about this piece is the rope. It should stand out more, as I believe it symbolizes Calypso's tight hold on Odysseus, but since it just blends in with everything else, it just looks like Calypso strung a rope around Odysseus for no apparent reason. Maybe she's about to tie him to a tree and use him as a pinata...? XD It just feels like the rope is there for the sake of being there. And maybe the birds could have looked slightly more realistic too, but that is such a minor complaint that it's quite petty, considering how lovely the rest of the piece looks. Besides, if the birds stood out more I think it would take away from Calypso and Odysseus, who are the main focus.

Like I said, this is a very magnificent work of art. It makes me feel a little nostalgic, as I enjoyed reading that part of "The Odyssey." :)
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Digital Artist
thanks for your comment :) I'm really glad you like it. As for the rope, it's not a magical symbol. it's just a rope. some renditions of the play show calypso to literally have odysseus tied up as he is on the island to prevent him from running away. I think the reason is quite clear, i tried to show in his expression that he is unhappy with his captor.
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Silkymilkypie21 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, well that explains everything. :XD: But yeah, now I see why the rope is how it is. It doesn't need to stand out. :)
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   Digital Artist
:) thanks again!
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Silkymilkypie21 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob! :D
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starry-girl Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great i am studying this book at school
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011   Digital Artist
thanks! it's a great story
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starry-girl Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i know i am enjoying it so much at school
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011   Digital Artist
that's nice to hear! :)
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jackorumble Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
meh, bould use some work odysseus looks like snokkie
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Digital Artist
I think it's a pretty hot look on him, no? ;)
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TaraLeeRichardson Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Love this it's perfect
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011   Digital Artist
aw thank you! :heart:
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TaraLeeRichardson Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant!
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Araniart Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011   Digital Artist
thanks! :heart:
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Stolvezen Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good work !
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011   Digital Artist
thanks!
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Skullflower90 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
She´s beautiful, like her hair :-) the colors go really well together.
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Digital Artist
thank you so much!:)
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axlvaldez Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
ALWAYS AWESOME :D
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dewmanna Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011   Digital Artist
:) so nice of you to say that!
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