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30. Aphrodite by Hapo57 30. Aphrodite by Hapo57
Aphrodite: Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty

100 Gods and Goddesses Challenge

I just woke up and drew this, yeeeeahhhh. If I knew what time I woke up I could be more accurate, but alas...

My images of the Greek Gods are heavily influenced by my first Greek Mythology book ever: The Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus by Aliki. Everything else has become secondary to me, hahaha. I was debating with myself whether to make Aphrodite blonde or black-haired, but I settled on blonde since it was an ideal of beauty at the time... and Aliki's version was blonde, haha. *shrug* The flowers in her hair are all symbols typically associated: red anemones (flowers that grew from Adonis' blood when he was castrated by a boar), apple blossoms (apples are typically associated with love), and prickly lettuce (the plant Adonis was laid on, thought to represent impotency or the death of love).

Aphrodite is interesting because there are two very distinct sides: Aphrodite Urania or "Heavenly Aphrodite" as opposed to Aphrodite Pandemos or "Aphrodite of the People". The former referred to the spiritual metaphysical romantic love, while the latter refers to crude physical love and lust. She's also interesting because in the Near Eastern mythology where she is thought to originate from, the entities of love and war are often represented in one goddess. In Greek Mythology, Aphrodite and Ares are distinct entities (but they do have a few romantic flings here and there, haha.)

Here is Aphrodite admiring the golden apple she received from Paris. :D

EDIT: Made the background less obnoxious
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Kaede-chama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome<3

Haha I almost always draw her blonde, even though I'm a nut for canon... it just fits, man...
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!

Yeeeahhhh X3
Blonde hair is always fun for me to colour because I can put so many other colours in it. I'm still not good at doing that with others.

...Ovid says Athena has honey-coloured hair but I always make her a brunette because I can't shake the image from my book. X3 Honey can be brunette. ;w;
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Kaede-chama Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Welcome!

It just kind of fits her character, in my opinion...

Ahaha, yess I always draw Athena with mousey brown hair, can't shake it!
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Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I like how her face is all 'AAWWW YEAH'
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I should draw a judgement of Paris picture just so I can draw Athena and Hera's faces. :B
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Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
.... no

you should never draw that ever....


is that what you thought I would say?

Stop contemplating and draw it already!! >I >I
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just reading these comments and laughing in retrospect
*adds to list*
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Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012
Hmmmmm laughing in retrospect. Hmmmm

I see you're spending your time well.
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I was just looking at these pictures to see if I could get a good idea for the next one wah wahhh

no I'm not spending my time well at all
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sadface I am being discouraged for some strange reason. ;w;
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Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
I was just bugging you? :B :B :B -flips table-
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Sands-Studio Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work! Love the colours~ :la::heart:
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Hapo57 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, thanks! I thought the background was too busy and I was going to make it lighter. ^^;
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