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Arachne's Lair
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Published: October 12, 2013
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: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.

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Image size
1400x933px 807.8 KB
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter Speed
1/160 second
Focal Length
15 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 28, 2012, 4:30:20 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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Centaur71's avatar
Your in her lair, you cannot flee; and she is the LAST thing you shall ever see...
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StewartBScottHobbyist 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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spoonyligerProfessional Digital Artist
So, question. Where does she eat from?
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GuesssWho9Hobbyist General Artist
I've always hated Athena, she was a bitch.
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Immortal-HHobbyist Digital Artist
you have been featured here : fav.me/d9bg4dz
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Black-Light-PhoenixHobbyist General Artist
that's the shit from my nightmares!!!!!
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MackinTrioInkHobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! That's so amazing! 
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Aeesome..thanks for liking my piece twi'lek
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SanlurisHobbyist 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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michellemoniqueProfessional Photographer
wow thanks! :)
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IrinaWhite8Professional Artist
Excellent artwork !
Bravo artist !  :-))))
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sorceror1Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting effects and the detail are amazing! Great work Michelle! :)
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Madcandy1Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful! Yet scary! XD
I'm scared of spiders. ^^'
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sensational !!!!!!!!!!!!
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igarciaHobbyist Photographer
I'm a sucker for spider photos.
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beautifulmonster1318Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is so awesome!!! o.o
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this is really pretty
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All of these pieces are exquisite!
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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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