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Medusa the Queen by JessiBeans Medusa the Queen by JessiBeans
For ConceptArt.org's weelky CHOW competition.
This was CHOW #100 - Medusa the Queen

Edit (01.16.2008) - Turns out I won CHOW 100. Woo!
:excited: :excited: :excited:

Medusa was a beautiful nymph, loved and pursued by many, though she spurned all her suitors. The God Poseidon was even entranced with her beauty, so much so that he accosted her in Athena's own temple and raped the lovely creature. Athena, so enraged over this defilement of her sanctuary, sought her revenge. She could not lash out at her great Uncle, so instead she turned the nymph into a hideous beast, so that any man who should look upon her would be turned to stone.

Medusa, ashamed, angry, and already pregnant with Poseidon's child, Pegasus, went into hiding, where the great "hero" Perseus later found and beheaded her.

Was going for an overload of symbolism and what not. And learning how to REALLY paint with my PhotoShop. Go PhotoShop! Also had to bang this one out, as I was dashing off to Seattle for the CA Workshop. Man, my mind is still reeling, and I am running about like a headless chicken sending out resumes and portfolios... So much to do, so little time.

PhotoShop CS3 and my Preciousssssss
Way too much time - abt. 25 hours over a month
Image © Me!!! 2008
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BeatryczeNowicka Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2018
Very good and original concept to draw this mythical figure. And of course it was drawn very well. 
And thank for the story, I have read Greek myths but I did not know this concerning the "origin" of Medusa the monster. 
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Grahamhorridge68 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016
Cool I love it 
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Thrythlind Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2016  Professional Writer
note that Perseus was pretty much blackmailed into going after Medusa. A king was threatening to force Perseus's mother to marry him against her will and said he'd back off if Perseus brought Medusa's head. Perseus is one of the only Greek heroes that wasn't particularly an asshole.
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voodoochoc Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
What a gorgeous image!
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LauraTheStrange97 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Fantastic work! :squee:
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:icontreydavidwood:
TreyDavidWood Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Great picture!
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:iconlillylilith:
LillyLilith Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013   Writer

She´s a beauty!

And a beast :)

Love that pic

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:iconvalkaneer:
Valkaneer Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Professional Writer
Hot
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:icontakalonti:
takalonti Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and I am wondering if you would be offended if I attempted to cosplay this
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:iconjagerschnitzelananas:
a very different, interesting take on medusa. there's much power in this. she reminds me of Rita Repulsa from the power rangers
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:iconmacvamp777:
MacVamp777 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Awesomeness
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:iconmymercifulazrael:
MyMercifulAzrael Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
One of my favorite favorites!
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:iconblade1979:
blade1979 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012
Love this picture
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:iconstarcru:
starcru Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
nice.i always felt bad for her.
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ChaosImperial Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012  Hobbyist
Whoa. Incredible work here. Sorry to sound ignorant, but I never heard that first part about how Medusa became a gorgon before. So I did some research. HOLY SHIII... Olympus, you scary... (and crazy...)
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:iconjessibeans:
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D I know, right!?
love love love mythology

Thank you!
<3
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JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I love how you 'drew' Poseidon and Perseus in the top corners. I'm more draw to them the Medusa. Your attention to detail is unrivaled.
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shamall0w Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist
she's gorgeous!
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Alain92 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
this is incredible, I wish I could understand the anatomy like you do
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LevanaTempest Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Beautyful work!:heart:

It would be my honor to feature your work in:iconhigh-vision:

Regards,

Claudia
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BIGBOY2480 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome work love the outfit. Really admire the use of color.
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:iconmorino5:
Morino5 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Pegasus? Medusa gave birth to a winged horse after getting raped by poseidon? The God of the seas? Is that really how the original story goes?
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:iconjantineartisan:
JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Thats what I was wondering :D
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:iconmorino5:
Morino5 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Huh, Pegasus and chrysaor a "golden-sworded giant" were supposed to have been born from her.
Something is wrong with poseiden's genes.
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JessiBeans Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, if you read back through the un-sanatized versions of greek myths, the gods were making all kinds of strange babies. For example, and depending on whose version you read, Zeus seduced Leda in the form of a swan so that she laid two large golden eggs (!!!) one of which hatched Helen of Troy and her twin the great hero Pollux, the other hatched Castor and Clytemnestra, the children of Leda's mortal husband.

[link]

Lots of awesome (and crazy!) stories :)
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:iconmorino5:
Morino5 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
That's fucked up. I didn't know that. I guess I have to find an older homer book.
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JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Thats some CRAZY sperm.
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:iconmorino5:
Morino5 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
You can say that again.
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JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
:D
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Phantasiea Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2011
Lovely. That's what can explain this art. I love the way you drew out her hips and the curve of her thighs. They looks soft and luscious....I wonder if that can sound...not-creepy.
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:iconjessibeans:
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
<3
Thank you!
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:iconjantineartisan:
JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
"I love the way you drew out her hips and the curve of her thighs. They looks soft and luscious"

You just read my mind.
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:iconphantasiea:
Phantasiea Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
Haha! Well what can I say? I'm amazing.
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:iconjantineartisan:
JantineArtisan Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
You forgot humble aswell.
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shauna-7devils Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome work, love your choice of wardrobe and detail!
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lovelysushibear Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This is pretty nice. I approve! ;)
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:iconasisazawadi:
AsisaZawadi Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
i love this pictures..its..im at a lost for words its beautiful
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rachel28 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
I love the detail of the mosaic! I presume that's Athena looking down so angrily on the left and Poseidon looking at her with lust? I love this piece, she is beautiful! You can actually see someone who befits the word beautiful and causes the gods themselves trouble rather than art of those I wouldn't consider, 'beauitful'! Amazing! =)
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SuneAdura-AE Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
this is amazing....wow
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:iconalias-karmen:
alias-karmen Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
stone gaze
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:iconlotusbitch:
Lotusbitch Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Very dark and seductive :love:
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:iconryuu900:
Ryuu900 Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Lovely work of art
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:icontwzzlerz:
twzzlerz Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
that is wicked f*ckin' awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! i love the crown.
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DOLLBOI Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
me likey
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Witch-EnE Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow!!! me encanto el peinado!!!
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Jaxn777 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2011
incredible.
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Lemmy-X Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011   Digital Artist
:iconfeaturedplz::iconbowplz:
This excellent artwork is featured in my journal. [link]
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:iconsarahvikken:
SarahVikken Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The only word I can think of is WOW!
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SirenDrake Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Very good. Creative new take on Medusa's snakes. Kudos.
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