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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!

Behind the Scenes Video:

 
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:icondarlarosa:
darlarosa Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love the lipstick
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Nixypixels Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Student Digital Artist
This lady is absolutely breathtakingly beautiful!
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TheCozyAuthor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Looks a lot like Morticia Addams:)
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GregorKerle Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Professional General Artist
Very good:clap:
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:iconghouls-in-love:
ghouls-in-love Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
wow beautiful!
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:iconjgh24:
JGH24 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
powerful!
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:iconhumblehetaliagirl:
HumbleHetaliagirl Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Very beautiful! She looks so mysterious yet, suspicious!
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:iconbrennsartattic:
BrennsArtAttic Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Captivating artwork :clap:
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:iconlittl3miss-n1ghtmare:
littl3miss-n1ghtmare Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work, love the colors & the make up is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (*0*)/
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:iconstonekiller77:
stonekiller77 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the Fav! Your work is amazing!
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EnderSlenders Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015  Hobbyist
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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:iconbyron7:
byron7 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work
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:icontalesovwoe:
TalesOvWoe Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The lips are amazing corresponding to the title of the picture. macabre magnificent.
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:iconmustard2168:
mustard2168 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
Awesome...
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:iconbloodredmoonabove:
Bloodredmoonabove Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015
Outstanding so beautiful
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:iconazurenebulae:
AzureNebulae Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
so beautiful ♥︎
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:icondrigulch:
drigulch Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015
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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Julia78xxx Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
piękne
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:iconfotojak:
fotojak Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Wonderful work :clap:
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:iconudolikuri:
udolikuri Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Sooo emotional! I love ut!
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:icongiannaisabella:
giannaisabella Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
OMG SO FUCKING CUTEEEEEEE
😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰😰✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨
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:iconyasha-k:
Yasha-K Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I so freacken love this!
Reminds me of one of my characters Allison De'kade.
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:iconbartrobert:
BartRobert Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
superb ... :)
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:iconlesfreressawen:
LesFreresSawen Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Professional Writer
Beautiful picture, haunting 
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:iconsatiricalpen:
SatiricalPen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have no words for this. Simply beauty
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconv1ncent1zer0:
V1ncent1Zer0 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Possesses a sublimely sinister beauty.
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SoulKiller202 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very dark and beautiful darling I love it ^^ great pictures 
*bows
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:iconmediast:
mediast Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
What's behind those eyes?!
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GregSm Featured By Owner Edited Mar 5, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Охрененно красиво! Very, very beautiful!
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:iconheavenel:
Heavenel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
she look like Morticia in Adams Familly.... soooooooooooo.... soooooooo.... wonderfuuuuulRarity (SO FABULOUS) Plz 
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:iconmichellemonique:
michellemonique Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Photographer
Thank you :hug:
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:iconheavenel:
Heavenel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
you're welcome dear I am a dummy! 
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InsanelyCute Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Totally amazing! Like a more sophisticated Morticia Addams!

PS: The bi-coloured lips are supercool!
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TaylorCatalano Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Photographer
Love this! Fantastic!
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KarahRobinson-Art Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW :wow: 
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David-Michaels Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Featured in portuguese blog Coisas da Interwebs. Have an awesome weekend. If you could please share this feature, I'd really appreciate it, as lots of hard work goes into finding and selecting all the awesome art and running the blog. Thanks!
www.coisasdainterwebs.com/2014…
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Dark, creepy, lovely 
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AbstrusePhoenixxx Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014   Traditional Artist
 I can't speak for  all of your followers, but I, personally, think your work is at its conceptual best when dark. I'm inclined to say go as dark as you dare (and then some).

Maybe that's just me, though; I'm dark, morbid, and morose like that.  :happybounce: 
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michellemonique Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you :)
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:iconabstrusephoenixxx:
AbstrusePhoenixxx Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014   Traditional Artist
You're welcome, 'michellemonique'. :) (Smile) 
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LaughMakerAna Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is magnificent! And devilishly creepy!
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:iconpaniparanoja:
paniparanoja Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This portrait reminds me of Morticia Addams (from the Addams family :D)
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Blackbolt64 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Excellent, j'aime beaucoup cette photo Love 
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BluexMommy Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013
Great shading and allure!
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Nicholas2004 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
Very nice!
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:iconmshellee:
mshellee Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful!
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Creative-Nik Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Interface Designer
amazing!!
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Antonio-Figueiredo Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
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Sonaera Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What I really like in the picture is the overall harmony. I think the cold shades and the red triangles compensate the each other perfectly and even give her eyes a charming, yet dangerous look. It isn't too sexy or wild, it's elegant and enchanting, just as it should be. Also, there's some kind of opposed dynamism with her hands pointing up and her hair flowing down. It's just crazily beautiful. I adore you for the quality and the composition of this photo. :heart: Please take more!
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