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Arachne's Curse
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Published: November 1, 2013
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:spider: Halloween Series: Arachne :spider: 

Photographer & editor: Michelle Monique
Model & MUA: Masha Meow
Wardrobe: Erika Robertson
Tarantula Handler: Faith Lucille

  • In this image I wanted to show how Arachne is cursed indefinitely by having her tied in place with her webbed hair. She is sitting on a pile of skulls which represents her victims. She is eternally faced with the crimes she has committed, yet she cannot stop. 
  • I've been wanting to do a Halloween themed shoot for the longest time so I'm glad I was finally able to! Oddly enough, I actually got the idea of doing Arachne from watching a documentary on female serial killers (specifically "black widows"). I wanted to combine the imagery of Arachne's mythology with the lore of women killers from the 19th century.
  • The skulls were all made by me with paper mache, and then manipulated in photoshop to look more realistic. The hair is hand painted.

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Image size
777x1344px 578.88 KB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
33 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Feb 9, 2013, 5:12:40 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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neofoxdante's avatar
increíble trabajo 
directo a favoritos =D
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LiaraMii|Student Digital Artist
So beautiful. The amosphere on this one is amazing!
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melliottf|Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice mountain of skulls.
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FantasiaCovers|Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW... just WOW
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Gamerpen|Student Digital Artist
That looks so AWESOME
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TinyZen|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept. Love it!
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Skipsophrenic-Photo|Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful piece, wish my work was this good :)
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Mounibear|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish my PHOTOTS turned out like dat
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PictureOnProgress|Hobbyist General Artist
Web hair? :noes: That looks like quite rebellious hair :nuu:
But this is pretty great :D Kinda spooky ._.
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kristyglas| Digital Artist
Your dark works are hypnotizing :D
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snowcrysalys|Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing
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999-8-666| Photographer
nice work!
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jkline052782's avatar
You are an amazing artist! !
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darkchapel666's avatar
So many skulls so little time!
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JonNunez|Professional Digital Artist
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giannaisabella|Student Digital Artist
😄 cute
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Artsydhude|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like she is the real lloth
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ToastyCosplay|Professional General Artist
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hockeymask's avatar
skulls and spiders - great combination  !!!!!!
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I'm impressed!!!
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AnimaAn's avatar
prekrastnaya work  w00t! :) (Smile) 
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Paintedland|Professional Traditional Artist
Love viewing the process. Great work!!
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michellemonique|Professional Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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Cyberalbi| Digital Artist
This is really original and awesome, my compliments!!
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