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Arachne's Lair by michellemonique Arachne's Lair by michellemonique
:spider: Halloween Series: Arachne :spider: 

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

  • 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 purpose of the spider body is obvious - that this creature is dangerous and devours its victims but I also wanted to add chains because Arachne was indeed cursed and could not undo her fate much like these "black widows" felt compelled and unable to resist killing. This is a lot darker than my usual stuff, but I hope my followers can appreciate it nonetheless!
  • A big thank you to Faith and her boyfriend for coming out to my studio with their tarantulas. I'm so grateful that they were willing to help and this shoot wouldn't have been possible without them! Please take a moment and check out her wonderful emotive portraits! www.facebook.com/faithlucillep…
  • Everything in this image has been photographed. No CGI is used.

Behind the Scenes Video:

 
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:iconstewartbscott:
StewartBScott Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great idea, I have favourited it because it scared me ... weakness spiders and if I was in that cave I would turn into a mushy puddle. Well done.
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spoonyliger Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So, question. Where does she eat from?
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charly19871 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2016
wow! wonderful!
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:iconguessswho9:
GuesssWho9 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always hated Athena, she was a bitch.
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Immortal-H Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you have been featured here : fav.me/d9bg4dz
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:iconblack-light-phoenix:
Black-Light-Phoenix Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
that's the shit from my nightmares!!!!!
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:iconmackintrioink:
MackinTrioInk Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's so amazing! 
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LightArcIndumati Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cool!
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:iconchingaowfunk:
chingaowfunk Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Aeesome..thanks for liking my piece twi'lek
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa, that is pretty amazing. It's even more amazing when I think of how much time and planning everyone had to do to get to this point.
It sure gives me chills--from the sinister part and from how good it looks. :)
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional Photographer
wow thanks! :)
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:iconirinawhite8:
IrinaWhite8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Artist
Excellent artwork !
Bravo artist !  :-))))
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:iconsorceror1:
sorceror1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting effects and the detail are amazing! Great work Michelle! :)
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:iconorlof101:
Orlof101 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Great 
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:iconmadcandy1:
Madcandy1 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! Yet scary! XD
I'm scared of spiders. ^^'
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:iconhockeymask:
hockeymask Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
sensational !!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconigarcia:
igarcia Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm a sucker for spider photos.
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:icondorota97:
Dorota97 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
cool !
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beautifulmonster1318 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is so awesome!!! o.o
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crimsongrain Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
this is really pretty
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LadyThylia-beaumont Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015
All of these pieces are exquisite!
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DWestmoore Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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TheBlueBritBlur Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Great art! While I am aware of the mythology of Arachne, the thing that pops into mind is Marvel comics' depiction of the Mochica god Ai Apaec - humanoid torso on top of a spider body. Your use of shadow and light works really well, gives it a realistic look, and it adds to the creepiness of Arachne.
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thanks so much :)
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HollowCake Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015
Ooh thats creepy! But awesome! :D
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:iconwaterystar:
waterystar Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done. Perfect blend of fantasy and realism.
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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MoonlightMysteria Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful art has been featured here:  moonlightmysteria.deviantart.c… :heart:
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ashihei91 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice artwork your have. 
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S-TAZ Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014
oh god...beautiful!
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:iconsithknight19:
sithknight19 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
A true master at your craft :) Well done indeed
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Dark-Link117 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love it.
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CaoChiNhan Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
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Fran-Hdez Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Stunning
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ClaudiaSchirmetz Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014   Digital Artist
brilliant!:clap:
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CharllieeArts Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wonderful work.
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Paquito-2 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Si je peux me permettre...
Un montage très intéressant, extraodinaire même... dans lequel on comprend le piège qui s'est refermé sur Araché...
Mais votre Arachné est trop belle, trop lisse et n'exprime pas dans sa beauté la punition voulue pour son présent et son futur par la déesse outragée.
L'idée et la perspective restent cependant très belles.
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KunYKA Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
why it with human's above body?
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TriZiana Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This artwork has been featured in-obscuro.deviantart.com/jour… <--- here. You are more than welcome to promote in order to win. Winner wins a huge feature and short interview...
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JADEDRAGON318 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Beautiful Work!!
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GinAngieLa Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013   Digital Artist
awesome! :love:
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AnitaCreation Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2013
gReat work ♥
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Fayeren Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Your amazing artwork is featured in my journal feydrim.deviantart.com/journal… ! :aww:
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RHKeel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Fantastic!
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Really cool!
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Antonio-Figueiredo Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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DaveJones-Photograpy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Dear me this sends a shiver down my back. hat great artwork well done
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Izness Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013
By the way love this one also, mostly because one of my favorite insects are spiders, its so unique!
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Voxejst Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Years from now, this is where I want to be. Inspiring!!!
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michellemonique Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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