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Black Widow
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Published: October 21, 2013
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:spider: Black Widow: Temptress and Devourer :spider: 

Photographer & editor: Michelle Monique
Model & MUA: Masha Meow
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!

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Image size
1000x1590px 843.33 KB
Canon EOS 40D
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Focal Length
117 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 9, 2013, 12:50:13 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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darlarosa's avatar
darlarosa|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the lipstick
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Nixypixels|Student Digital Artist
This lady is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!
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TheCozyAuthor|Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Looks a lot like Morticia Addams:)
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GregorKerle|Professional General Artist
Very good:clap:
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ghouls-in-love|Hobbyist Photographer
wow beautiful!
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JGH24|Hobbyist Digital Artist
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HumbleHetaliagirl's avatar
Very beautiful! She looks so mysterious yet, suspicious!
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BrennsArtAttic|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Captivating artwork :clap:
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littl3miss-n1ghtmare|Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, love the colors & the make up is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (*0*)/
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stonekiller77|Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the Fav! Your work is amazing!
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EnderSlenders's avatar
Wonderful job from all of your work! By the way, thank you for supporting. Maybe next week I'll use one of your work as artist of the week. You do a very good job. Congratulations. 😊
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byron7|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work
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TalesOvWoe|Hobbyist Writer
The lips are amazing corresponding to the title of the picture. macabre magnificent.
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Outstanding so beautiful
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AzureNebulae|Hobbyist Writer
so beautiful ♥︎
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Very, very chilling. You have done marvelously in imbuing the intrinsic divine feminine beauty with an intangible aura that something within her might not be just quite as attractive as her outward beguile belies. The gravest portent of it all, as she gazes deeply into our eyes -- I cannot help but feel that she truly, passionately, enduringly loves every single one of those companions she has rubbed out. Sincerely believing that is the singular path to communion with them on the soul mate level. 
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fotojak|Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work :clap:
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udolikuri|Hobbyist Photographer
Sooo emotional! I love ut!
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Yasha-K|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I so freacken love this!
Reminds me of one of my characters Allison De'kade.
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BartRobert|Professional Digital Artist
superb ... :)
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LesFreresSawen|Professional Writer
Beautiful picture, haunting 
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