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Medusa as protagonist by MattRhodesArt Medusa as protagonist by MattRhodesArt
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Meerkat92 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The story of Perseus and Medusa retold as an ancient Greek slasher film? Clever idea.
fugimoto Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2018
really like this and the idea that medusa isn't the bad guy err woman! :clap:
YeaCatnipHulk Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
This is absolutely amazing! I have always really loved Medusa as a character, thank you for bringing her to life as something real instead of a monster.
PossessedIron Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017
What a emotional, beautiful peice.

The snakes on her head look like they're saying "Don't you worry, we'll deal with this ugly fucker ourselves!" and the rightmost one looks like he is going to get some furious vegance on the attacker.
tommck4742 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2017
Is there anywhere I can get this in art print form? I would love to throw this up on my wall.
AltoCeyx Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2017
if you're familiar w her backstory,Medusa was a victim of the Gods...  Clap 
JWiesner Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2017  Professional
I found this artwork because there was this really thoughtful comment conversation about this (not trolling, actually good)…

And I can only agree with those. Medusa has a horrible backstory with the rape, rape babies, curse, not being able to have human contact, and then getting beheaded. It's messed up and brutal, as most Greek mythologies are, sadly.

This artworks shows that very important perspective of the story. Much respect. And all the details are just gorgeous! :heart:
babychilliam Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Medusa did nothing wrong, she's one of the few "monsters" I feel sympathy for
SirRealKiller Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017
I have been looking every where for this, page after page after page. It was this picture that made me feel sorrow for Medusa and made me make a Skyrim character (with a heavy list of mods to make her look amazing)

I search for your art work was do to one of my friends saying Medusa is evil, I said she wasn't and that she was a victim and misunderstood. The argument ended with me giving a history lesson, that I first learned myself after seeing this picture.

I am so keeping this in my favorites so I don't have to hunt this done ever again! damn this took for ever.
465lps Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
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BeautifulWickedness Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Student Writer
Love this idea more than I can put into words!
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting concept.

And yes, Medusa was a victim too; she was cursed by the gods over something she wasn't guilty.
AdamFrankenstein Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
rababco Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always felt bad for Medusa. It's not her fault she turns people to stone because they look at her. Then someone comes, attacks her, kills her and cut off her head.
CrazyDarkSoul Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Pantheon and Cass?
kp297 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Hi MattRhodesArt.. Amazing image. It inspired me to write a story. Thanks for that!

PS: Made an account just for this comment. :D
josesephiroth Featured By Owner May 20, 2016   Writer
Raped by a god, betrayed by a god, warped into an abomination by a god. Medusa's got it rough and I really feel for her tragedy.
RoguishBard Featured By Owner May 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Thing is, this is probably more accurate.

Medusa was transformed by Athena into a gorgon after she was raped by Poseidon in the goddess' own temple. Athena blamed the mortal woman, despite her years of devotion as a priestess, refusing to hold her brother responsible. Probably after years of sorrowful isolation, petrifying anyone who came to her willingly or not, Athena decided to be rid of her once and for all, and sent Perseus to finish the deed. For the first time someone came to see her, smart enough to not be turned to stone on sight, it was a man come to kill her.

You have portrayed this wonderfully, from the shadowed and wrathful face of Perseus to the fearful tears of Medusa. Well done.
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner May 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this yet at the same time it brings tears to my eyes. 

I once killed a Medusa in the name of greed.

I needed a mask of beauty for my bard. My group had heard of a Medusa who was rumored to have one. When we got to the town we'd heard she lived near the two men who greeted us-the mayor and his assistant-told us that the Medusa had been terrorizing the town. Only later we learned that it wasn't true.

She'd fled her people after being shunned for being good. The local hunter had taken pity on her after finding her in the woods. She was sobbing and doing exactly what the Medusa in this picture is doing. He fell in love with her right then and then and soon they were lovers. He looked far and wide for a mask that would make her fit in more and keep her from hurting anyone without meaning to. After a bit of getting used to everyone in the town came to love her. She spent all her time helping people and teaching their children.

I didn't bother to find any of that out, though. I went to their house and killed him in his sleep. I went to kill her, too and got turned to stone. Then I got my hands broken off. She said that since I'd taken away her ability to find joy she would take away mine. A
s she went storming out of town she ran into another bard, turned him to stone and broke his face to pieces. She told him that from now on all he'd ever hear when he heard children laughing was their jeers. Then she turned him back to flesh. He ended up becoming our worse enemy but we never saw the Medusa again.

I eventually had my arms fixed and got turned back to flesh but I ended up having to go on another quest to get a mask. This one I managed to get without killing any neutral good characters though as a lesson I went from CG to NG and got a -5 whenever fighting Medusa (which I did my best to avoid). 
I learned valuable lesson that day.

While it made for a great story I still feel ashamed of what I made my character do. Not only because it ruined her and her husbands lives but because Jaspyr-the bard from the other town-ended up kidnapping and killing most of our kingdoms children. All those lives were on my characters head. Fortunately later on down the road I was able to make amends by sacrificing my characters life to protect our world.

Still...I can't help wondering whatever became if that poor, lonely Medusa. Thanks for the amazing art and for reading this. I hope now you understand why this picture while amazing was a little bit bittersweet...though in a good way. It does make for a great story. Least I think so. I hope you do, too. 

Firior Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You must have a incredible GM to have such a emotional reaction for a NPC. Good thing for you and good job for him.

(and sorry for my english.)
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've been very fortunate to have now been part of three amazing groups. My current and third has been going almost two years now and has been even more memorable in two years than my first group (the one this happened in) was in six. :) 
Carnage1236 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2017
Did you play an all-furry game?
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No. At the time ('98) I wasn't even aware there was a furry community. I knew of furries from seeing people in costume at the few Trek cons I'd been to but I didn't know there was a name for it. Even when I discovered the community in 2001 I was afraid what my partner would think due to all the stupid things people say about it. Eventually we both got into furry in 2007 and I've been one since. 

What's funny though is my current group plays Ponyfinder. lol
Dude-in-the-box Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I always thought that medusa was a tragic character.
She was punished because poseidon raped her in the temple of the athena.
Poor girl, no wonder she developed a hate on men.
shadowcreeps Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016
have you ever considered making a short comic for this?
MattRhodesArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
No, I think I've said everything that I wanted to say with this image.
AndaleTheGreat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2016
It is the face. The near crying and scared at the same time. I have seen this piece a few times over the last couple days and every time I do I just feel a sort of tightness in the chest for her. This really is a fantastic piece of work and I'm glad I got to see it.
MattRhodesArt Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you
grisador Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2016
Amazing; shows the reality of the situation
HelenianaRainbow Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist
scarletraven87 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
It is how I always imagined it: home invasion.
BeatchBall Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2016   Writer
Nice twist on the classic story.
Kateri911 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
THis is just so stunning. 
DecoyDouble Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2016  Hobbyist
You know sometimes I wonder if creatures like this once existed, but humans drove them to extinction out of fear and misunderstanding. And over the centuries they fell into myth and legend.
Dragonlord994 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Please tell me you got a story for this written? !
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
aww she looks so sad!
is that a stab wound on her side, too, or just blood from cutting off the snake?
she almost looks like she would welcome death...
Blackdrakon30 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Perseus was from Argos or Serifos.
Blackdrakon30 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
Argos by post accounts, yes
urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2016
grew up in Serifos I think...
HelenianaRainbow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist
I AM FROM GREECE!And nice drawing!
Random223 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Interface Designer
You just reversed the story:) 
Medusa, you had to boast before Athene. 
Perseus, where is your brass armor? 
Ann-INC Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
I always felt bad for Medusa, not only did Poseidon rape her but Athena curses her for her getting raped in her temple...She can never have the presence of anyone but her head of snakes and those that hunt her. Pretty sure I'd be bitter if I was her....
WesleyRiot Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Arppis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Did Medusa ever leave it's lair?
westcpw Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love this too. looks afraid. great job
Doctorwholovesthe80s Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
As a Greek Myth nut, I love this interpretation. Technically Medusa WAS an innocent victim who got caught in typical Greek God @#*%&.
Carbonian Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016  Professional General Artist
Like most greek myth monster, yes. They are offsprings of a certain god, and when a god is mad at another god they usualy make the stupid humans kill the other gods children. In the end, all greek heroes killed monsters to please a certain god.
The gorgon sisters are such cursed offsprings of a god. They just want to leave, but gods and humans always mess with them.
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