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Arachne's Curse by michellemonique Arachne's Curse by michellemonique
: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.

Journal Entry about the shoot: michellemonique.deviantart.com…
 

Behind the Scenes Video:

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:iconneofoxdante:
neofoxdante Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
increíble trabajo 
directo a favoritos =D
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:iconliaramii:
LiaraMii Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Student Digital Artist
So beautiful. The amosphere on this one is amazing!
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:iconmelliottf:
melliottf Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Nice mountain of skulls.
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:iconfantasiacovers:
FantasiaCovers Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW... just WOW
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:icongamerpen:
Gamerpen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Student Digital Artist
That looks so AWESOME
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:icontinyzen:
TinyZen Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great concept. Love it!
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:iconskipsophrenic-photo:
Skipsophrenic-Photo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful piece, wish my work was this good :)
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:iconmounibear:
Mounibear Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wish my PHOTOTS turned out like dat
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:iconpictureonprogress:
PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  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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:iconkristyglas:
kristyglas Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015   Digital Artist
Your dark works are hypnotizing :D
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:iconsnowcrysalys:
snowcrysalys Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing
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:icon999-8-666:
999-8-666 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015   Photographer
nice work!
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:iconjkline052782:
jkline052782 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
You are an amazing artist! !
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:icondarkchapel666:
darkchapel666 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015
So many skulls so little time!
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:iconjonnunez:
JonNunez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
awesome
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:icongiannaisabella:
giannaisabella Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Student Digital Artist
SO COOL!!xD
😄 cute
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:iconartsydhude:
Artsydhude Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks like she is the real lloth
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:icontoastycosplay:
ToastyCosplay Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
BEAUTIFUL! Heart 
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:iconhockeymask:
hockeymask Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
skulls and spiders - great combination  !!!!!!
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:iconanimeandponygirl6:
AnimeAndPonyGirl6 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Student Artist
Wow


I'm impressed!!!
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:iconanimaan:
AnimaAn Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist
prekrastnaya work  w00t! :) (Smile) 
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:iconpaintedland:
Paintedland Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Love viewing the process. Great work!!
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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:iconcyberalbi:
Cyberalbi Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015   Digital Artist
This is really original and awesome, my compliments!!
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks! :D
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:icondaniellever:
Daniellever Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It seems to be a drawing i do when i was 24. I love it...
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:iconouranhs22:
ouranhs22 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
love it!
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:iconivelisarce:
IvelisArce Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Nice work
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:iconmiss-tbones:
Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome piece of work!:clap::wow:
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:iconaegiandyad:
aegiandyad Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015
Poor Arachne. She challenged Athena to a weaving contest, and look what she got for a prize when she, unwisely, did her best and won!
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:icontimberclipse:
TimberClipse Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Filmographer
What an interesting piece!
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks!
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:iconalbaev:
AlbaEv Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Student
i love this
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:iconmechanicalvalkyrie:
mechanicalvalkyrie Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I love how the hair turns into the web, it looks amazing.
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconcrlvr:
crlvr Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing how this came out,such talent you have :thumbsup:
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:iconmasc81:
MaSc81 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The black widows web : ) i love the contrast between beauty and death. Great 1 !
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:iconevertrey:
EverTrey Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great scene,,
:la:
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:iconwingsofdragons:
wingsofdragons Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful piece
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:iconnotoiara:
notoiara Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Lovely work. Congratulationsss
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:iconkarahrobinson-art:
KarahRobinson-Art Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfully done! 
I would love to see how you created this beautiful work! :love: :love: 
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:iconkaffemugg:
kaffemugg Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Oh, fantastic work.
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:icondaimonxx:
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
So wicked...
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:icontris-marie:
Tris-Marie Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
pretty amazing :heart:
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Villenueve Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello,your wonderful work has been featured at Highlights of the week -20th Edition 2014(Please click on the link)-->> liliths-realm.deviantart.com/j…

If possible,please fave the journal or just make a comment.
Thanks and enjoy the features!,we thank you for being part of our :iconliliths-realm: home and for allowing us displaying your art!

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:iconbefmun:
Befmun Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Nice Work mate!
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:iconalexandriadior:
AlexandriaDior Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous work as always! :)
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:iconvillenueve:
Villenueve Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Superb!
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:iconschokopir:
Schokopir Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
What a spectacular and impressive photomanipulation!
There's absolutely no sign that this picutre was put together of different stocks - this is genious! :heart:
I love the concept, it's a great idea to make the hair create a Spider web.
Amazing and brilliant, well done!
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much :heart: I try to blend the images as best as I can!
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