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Here's the second in my series of villainous posters! The last in the Greek Mythology section, featuring none other than the Minotaur. :D I wanted this to have a maze-like feel and have a sense of confusion about it. The images in each corner do actually represent something! Top-left portrays the Minotaur's mother pointing at a bull, it's father. Top-right shows the string Theseus uses to find his way out of the maze. Bottom left shows the Minotaur missing a horn (there are some versions of the story that describe the idea of Theseus ripping out one of the Minotaur's horns and stabbing it with it - I like this idea best! ;)) Bottom right shows human footprints, which the Minotaur would have used to follow it's pray. So yeah, I wanted the poster to have a vague narrative to it, like the Medusa one. :)

This has actually been simplified, after taking into consideration the (harsh) suggestions my tutors gave me. If I'd had *my* way this image would've been 100 times more detailed...;) Still, I think the flatness works in a sense too...sort of.
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mawgly79 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great!
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Mathu-salem53 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
j'adore :)
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Wow I like it
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your amazing art has been featured! [link] :heart:
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PotatoHead1717 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
this is avery good picture. i like how it has the yarn and foot prints like in the myth. very nice
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ronnygreen Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2007
Your Minotaur design is the best I have yet seen on Deviantart. Almost sickly looking. Kind of like the Werewolves from Dog Soldiers. Much better than the muscly look others adopt.
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ronnygreen Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2007
Absolutely stunning. I love the myth of the Minotaur and you have portrayed him as I imagine. Not too muscly but more like one of the Werewolves from Dog Soldiers. Thin, rather gangly and almost ill-looking. Which, in a way, I find much more terrifying. Instant favourite.
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MLinares Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
Minotaur is not a Villain, he is of Royal Blood!!!! And Divine tooooooooooooo!!!!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2006
Just a few Villainous traits though! Can't blame him for being a bit evil, what with being stuck in a labyrinth. ;D
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Illistrauthor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Wow, Greek Mythology posters sound genius. I love that idea! Making it like a story, each corner is each/different parts... I've heard and liked the horn story =D I'm okay with the simplicity, I would've enjoyed a detailed one too, though

....just really cool! I want to check out the other posters :-) Great ideas
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
Thanks very much; yeah even though it's a poster, I wanted it to have a narrative. :nod: Hope you liked the others too!
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d-mikelson Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional General Artist
never have seen a cooler interpretation of that damn old theme
intresting how many aspects you´ve put into this ..............
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
*Grins* Thankyou very much, that's very kind of you to say so! Yeah, I wanted to try and explain just enough of the story in the image so that people would know what it's about. :nod:
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d-mikelson Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
hmm...................yes.
today the character of the minotaur is, like many others- reduced to the common oh so cool fantasy beast, barely anyone knows the story behind it.
I like people breaking cliché.
I like how you mix the comic-like b/w parts with extra-fine drawings.
very, very, cool
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
Yeah, as the Minotaur story is actually quite chilling! Thanks again! :D
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Jdanllen Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006   Photographer
Wow, I love this. Definatly :+fav:
It is quite inspiring, nice work =)
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Thankyou, glad you think so! :D
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Miss-blue664 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the minotaur! But I kinda feel sorry for him as well. (It's sarah Douglass' fault! >.<;) Oh well. wonderful work I will definately have to suf more of your gallery! :D
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Thanks, I love the Minotaur story too! Although, I'm more scared of it then anything else! (The combination of a maze AND a big monster is enough to terrify me, hehe)
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Miss-blue664 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^; Well if you want a goood book series to read check out Sara Douglass' 'Troy Game Series'. The whole stroy starts off with the minotar legend and then from there warps into something so completely wonderful. The Minotar is a main character and while he's a bad guy after a while you just start to kinda like him.

The first book is call 'Hades Daughter' just so ya know. But still awsome work! :D
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006
Hmmm, I shall have to look into that series, as it sounds very interesting! I love stories like that - thanks for the info!
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Miss-blue664 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D No problem!
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Dumaker Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
i love this style. the composition is very original, and your use of the color is inteligent. congratulations! :drunk:
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greyflea Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2006
Thankyou very much (I love the colours orange and black together anyway ;)).
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mariane Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
am thinking neurofen... a new deign for their adverts eh?!
like the high detail drawing with the blocks of maze, muchios effectivo!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
*Laughs* Hah yes, the bull one! Cheers m'lady. :D
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Wilderocks Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
definately works -- in a lot of ways! I love how the maze is sort of like a variation on the Grecian Key pattern. The contrast between man and beast is consistently present across the poster, and it is emphasized by the stark contrast of the flat colors, black/white/red. I like how the Minotaur's 'portrait' pops out of the center of the picture, physically pulling himself out as well as being drawn with the most depth.

Incidentally, the way you've portrayed the Minotaur as an almost-human beast reminds me of John Gardner's novel, Grendel, which humanizes the beast from Beowulf. Have you ever read it? I think it's an awesome book. And this is a really awesome poster!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2005
Hehe, the italics make it look fun. ;)

Thanks very much though, and I agree with your comments on the Minotaur itself - I did indeed want to give the impression that it's almost crawling out of the maze, but still half-hidden. :nod: It's weird though - my scanner obviously hates me, as the original colour of this is actually bright orange! I think it looks better as orange too! Gah, modern technology. ;P

No I haven't read it, but I have heard of it! Another one to add to the ever-growing list of 'things to read'. ;) Thanks again!
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Wilderocks Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(sorry about the wonky italics :-P)
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ebony-n-hot-pockets Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005  Student Digital Artist
I love this piece, the detail is truly wonderful and very well laid out. This picture looks very old.. the style is wonderful, you really have achieved a look here! great job!
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Thankyou very much, that's kind of you to say so! :D
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
wow cool! your doing all the greek mythology creture? so whats next? cyclopes? golem?
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Thanks! Nah, that's it for the Greek myths - I'm onto other villains next (might be Bowser or Darth Vader ;))
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thevampiredio Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
vader?!? whoa!!:XD:
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moose562 Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2005
I really like this - I'll keep it sweet :)

:+fav: ;)
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2005
Thanks John!
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moose562 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2005
no problemo doll! ;)
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Meisiluosi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's freaking cool!
So many nice and clever ideas there. And it looks fantastic.
Yes, I can definitely imagine this superb piece decorating the walls of my bedroom...;-)
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
Aw thankyou very much - I need to enlarge this image to see if it works on a large scale! Thanks again! :D
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Relaen Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
this looks awesome :D and i love the 'GRARARARAR' on the bottom ;p fantastic narative there ;p j/k :D

i love the maze look- it adds so much! this is seriously awesome :D
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
GRRAAAAARR - doesn't that say it all? ;) Thanks very much!
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Relaen Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2005
lol, it sooo does ;p
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3D-Fantasy-Art Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
:D Super-cool as usual! I'd love to see a detailed version, because your wonderful sense of crazy detail is one of the most distinctive things about your artwork.

*is still having a bit of a panic about the pregnant woman and the bull tho* :omg:
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greyflea Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2005
I know, I was worried about that whole aspect of the story! Apparently the mum got inside a wooden bull and the 'dad' was led into the field and saw her as a female bull and...well. ;)

Thanks though! That whole detailed aspect of my work is what the tutors seem to want me to let go of. :/
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AniaMohrbacher Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005   Digital Artist
Great job with this one as well :D I like the feel of it, and the little footsteps in the maze, as well as the choice of colour.
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greyflea Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2005
Thanks very much, I'm a big fan of orange and black! :D I was wondering whether I should maybe add more footsteps around the maze, but I dunno - what do you think?
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bellalee Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
I think I like one more then the Medusa. The simplified background stand out the main character Minotaur better then the extreme delicate one~ And the drawing of the Minotaur look very pro~~ I love it :sumo: I think this legend is new~
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greyflea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
Hah yeah, I haven't seen the sumo wrestlers one before! ;) Thanks Bella, you've made me feel better about this picture now. :)
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DeepOne Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
Ok, I'm gonna completely contradict my previous comment and suggest that you ignore the tutors and do what you want to do. I thought that they were far too harsh in that interim crit (probably insecurity and jealousy), it almost went beyond constructive criticism into just plain out of order! But, at the end of the day, we set our own brief, so who is anyone else to tell how it should be done? Better to produce something that you've enjoyed doing but think theres a small chance the tutors might not like, than get bogged down in misery and produce nothing at all! Just my opinion, anyway...
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greyflea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2005
Thanks for the comment, and I really do want to do my own thing but I'm scared! The thing is, I *did* my own thing already with the Medusa picture, and look how far that got me. :/ It's weird, cos everyone else seemed to like it except them (unless everyone's just being nice and didn't want to say!)
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