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Apollo and Hyacinthus by GregStevens Apollo and Hyacinthus by GregStevens
Hyacinthus was a beautiful Spartan prince, so handsome that he had gods fighting over him. Having his pick of anyone he wanted, he chose Apollo: the most attractive of the Gods. (Figures, right?)

Well, Zepherus, the wind god, was jealous. One day Hyacinthus and Apollo were out in a field near the woods throwing the discus and playfully competing (you know: male bonding), Zepherus blew Apollo's discus off course so that it hit Hyacinthus in the head.

Hyacinthus died, and Apollo was devastated. However, Apollo promised that the world would always remember Hyacinthus's beauty (and blood), and created the Hyacinth flower as a memorial.

A note about technique: This is probably the most complicated piece I've done so far, and also represents the most time I've spent on a single piece so far (about 10 hours).

After coming up with the idea, my first task was to find reference photos for individual elements. I used reference photos for Apollo (a photo of Tyler Southwick in a similar pose) and for Hyacinthus (a photo of Lucas Kerr in a similar pose), as well as for the flowers and yes, I even scanned the web for photos of head injuries so that I could do a realistic blood pattern on his head.

I then made a kind of "collage" of reference photos, to get an idea of how they would fit together.

My initial sketch of just the two figures was done on the Wacom tablet using Corel Painter 11, with simulated oil point. I then used airbrush, "smudging" and pastels to do shading and blending. At one point I OVER-blended it, so I loaded the image into Corel PhotoImpact to use the "find edges" and "sharpen" features, which then meant I had to go back and re-smudge the inevitable bad pixelation that happened as a result. The whole thing went through several iterations of drawing and blurring/blending.

Then, I added the flowers and the blood on the forehead, with additional touch-ups.

Finally, I drew in the surrealist / abstract "forest" in the background.
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Philhellenike Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
awww poor Apollo, he just has no luck with his lovers... 
Very nicely done! 
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LionSmash Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
After all the Daphne-and-Apollo I've been through, I thought I wouldn't find a single Hyacinthus-and-Apollo picture out there. I'm glad I was wrong, your piece is absolutely incredible, all the time you spent on it paid off! Congratulations and thank you for displaying it on here. <3
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sheik567 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist
HEY I love it
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gaydragonrider Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
<3 Finally i've been looking for a picture of Hyacinthus and Apollo
i so am Fav'ing this
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SvalaW Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! The work is really fantastic and you chose a good perspective to show the situation. :) Also the light effects and details are great.
XD I once had to translate the myth from latin.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
In the myth I thought he got struck in the head with a rock.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
He was hit on the head by a discus. That's why he has blood on his head.
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
May be it was the other love afair with another man.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It sounds to me as if you just don't know the myth.
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well he did have 2 love affairs with 2 different men when all of his love affair with different women failed.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That is true! And the whole discus incident was due to jealousy. But I don't think it's right to say that it was Apollo's fault. I mean, he can't help it that Zepherus was a crazy-jealous stalker type! ;-)
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Deorse Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No you can't help that, some people/gods just can't be helped.
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B-e-e-Y-A Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
like 2D :> good work
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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DJWOLFCHICK Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
t's a beautiful piece.so sad....
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slashygirl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful creation ...explaining to us watchers how you accomplished it...It isn't easy I am sure. But when you finally are done and gaze upon your work it feels so good to know that you have created something special...I do hope I can do the same.

And thank you for the background of Apollo and Hyacinthus...You learn something every day.

It's a beautiful piece..so soft, so sad....
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PaulTHutchins Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Nice work Greg, i see you ar getting the hang of the digital side of things....
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thank you sp much for showing me your picture of Apollo and Hyacinth. I am impresses. I have just obtained photoshop. A friend set it up for me as I am completely computer illiterate. I am now searching to find somewhere to take lessons on how to use it I have played around with Paris and the apple plus Eros and a few drawings but that's all I can do. I don't know how to give you a link to my site but I am sure yiu can find it if you wish to. Thanks for your comments. This has encouraged me to push on with an oil or possibly to attempt a digital of some thoughts. Cheers Cecil.
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PaulTHutchins Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Snap...i too have just acquired Photshop and havent a clue where to start....
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Just looking at what uou have done with APOLLO AND HYACINTHUS amazes me. I am looking at tutorials on YOU-TUBE but feel like a six year old.
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Paul. You are way ahead of me.
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PaulTHutchins Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
Not in digital art im not, i havent the foggiest where to start with all the different things that Photoshop has to offer...
I mainly want to strat with enhancing my existing drawings. Adding backgrounds for one...
Think it will be a case of click on things and see, though i am doing a bit of research.
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thank you sp much for showing me your picture of Apollo and Hyacinth. I am impresses. I have just obtained photoshop. A friend set it up for me as I am completely computer illiterate. I am now searching to find somewhere to take lessons on how to use it I have played around with Paris and the apple plus Eros and a few drawings but that's all I can do. I don't know how to give you a link to my site but I am sure yiu can find it if you wish to. Thanks for your comments. This has encouraged me to push on with an oil or possibly to attempt a digital of some thoughts. Cheers Cecil.
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thank you sp much for showing me your picture of Apollo and Hyacinth. I am impresses. I have just obtained photoshop. A friend set it up for me as I am completely computer illiterate. I am now searching to find somewhere to take lessons on how to use it I have played around with Paris and the apple plus Eros and a few drawings but that's all I can do. I don't know how to give you a link to my site but I am sure yiu can find it if you wish to. Thanks for your comments. This has encouraged me to push on with an oil or possibly to attempt a digital of some thoughts. Cheers Cecil.
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froz33 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
nice choice of myth. and an attractive piece.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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FreezingSpark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Awesome, just awesome
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FreezingSpark Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Awesome, just awesome
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it.
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FreezingSpark Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
your welcome ^^ do forgive the double post, no idea what happened
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha it's the internet, it happens. :)
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GabriielD Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Amazing man
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm still learning...
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Zephyrus-Wind Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010   Traditional Artist
This is beautiful. A real tribute to the myth. well done.
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GregStevens Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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Zephyrus-Wind Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011   Traditional Artist
Your welcome.
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Mikedga Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Thank you. I may try to develop[e it further as I have had a number of responses. It was of course k=just a doodle on an idea.
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