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Goodnight, Ganymede by MischievousMartian Goodnight, Ganymede by MischievousMartian
For you who don’t know, Ganymede is Zeus’s cupbearer up in Olympus. Used to be a mortal, abducted then made immortal, blah, blah.

After nearly an infinity away from home, Ganymede was overcame with longing for his old life and decided to flee Olympus by devising an escape. He caught a raven and plead with it to fly him down from the celestial mountain, but the raven refused. In desperation, Ganymede starved the raven for days and promised it a bountiful meal in exchange of assisting his escape and return him to his homeland. So the raven clutched Ganymede’s wrists with its little feet and the two took flight from Olympus, flying over mountains and what seemed to be an endless landscape for the famished raven. In fatigue it gave up its grip on Ganymede’s hands, plunging the boy to earth and into imminent demise, since he was no longer immortal after crossing the boundaries of Olympus.

Three wandering titans found the dying boy and, wanting to grief Zeus—their adversary—greatly, they intended to make a tasty meal out of him. Merrily they gathered herbs, made a roasting pyre, and went to prepare the body. But as soon as they laid eyes upon their captive, sorrow and woe swelled up from inside them and they were assaulted with pity for the small, broken beauty withering against the ridges of their huge clumsy hands, and when Ganymede finally breathed his last sigh they cried and cried with irrevocable tears until their sight was no more.

Slowly, the raven circled and descended on the corpse to win what it had been promised—a bountiful meal.

Done through too many a sitting yet not too many hours, making that little tragic story as I go. If you can’t see the details too clearly, you might wanna tweak your monitor’s gamma/brightness up a few notches. Been doing some pieces for White Wolf’s Mage series and wanted to exercise some new things I picked up through hundreds of artistic references. Or maybe I just wanted an excuse to draw a guy.

Hope you guys like.
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Given 2007-09-22
Goodnight, Ganymede by ~MischievousMartian is simply breathtaking, full of details, and subtle hints of symbolism. ( Suggested by Aeires and Featured by cosmosue )
OfficerMark Featured By Owner May 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't Zeus swoop down in the form of an eagle in order to abduct Ganymede?
AdvanceRun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 Like the detail .
Hare787 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
LuckyOrigamiStars Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The composition and use of color is making me drool. Beautiful work. 
NorraMo Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015
This is such a stunning and beautiful piece!
Violetfey Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
This is phenomenal! And it pares so well with the story.
yormanswell Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
...well done
ramen-chuu Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Such a great piece and story too :)
fayrinn Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
shadowrider327 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

carlocaballero Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
very nice! :)
felinabubo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
bellissima quanti particcolari
EmokoX Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student
So beautiful.
zakiaybee122 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Ancient-Greeklet Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zak05 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A-Being-Of-Fable Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Poor Ganymede! Zeus should have treated him better.
LullaTheOtaku Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
absolutely stunning!!
statiqueSagitta Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Is the legend really like that? I can't find this story... :( can you help me somehow (like where to look for it)?
but this is a stunning piece of art nonetheless, thoroughly expressive :heart:
armistice968 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
just search about "ganymede" on wiki, you'll found it.
SethAdmirer Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like the original twist on this old story and the lyrical cadence to your narrative. Congratulations on your DD. :)
Offroadgirl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
*Sniff* SO BEAUTIFUL AND TRAGIC!!! *Sniff* U got me. U win. So WONDERFULLY DONE!!
MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional
Thanks for liking!
kaze131kami Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! I love it!!
silveratwilight Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
i never heard that version before...tragic but beautiful.
JohnnyRedskin Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012
emirane Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifully ironic!
Darkthrop Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
This piece is really, really beautiful. And the colours you used are great :D
badlilmunkee Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, the irony of it all... so the raven comes have his promised feast after all.

A truly beautiful job done here.

Love this. :D
papalabas Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Poor Squire.
XantheUnwinArt Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
amazing - how did you do this?
Ryu-ichi Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing.
I just recently found out about this story and the image that you made to go with it...
Just wow. @__@
chiketart Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student
This is amazingly gorgeous!
eL-Christell Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist
So beautiful. I love it. :heart:
fedupN Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
Yeah! Go Raven!
Oh and uhhh poor Ganymede...I guess.

Amazing picture!
WTFWonder Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011
The image's beauty is matched only by the accompanying story. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a true extension of the original myth.
PixieInABottle Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh... wow. I can't even think what to write... I'm so choked up from the story and the picture...
ti-DESIGN Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love this... I just keep coming back to it. I love the colours, the composition, all the the little details that make you want to study it forever.... Good work! :D

Hey, by the way, I'm just starting to get into digital painting and learning some different techniques and all that, and I was wondering how you got that nice texture for this picture. Is it something you add once the picture is completed, or is it a specific brush setting...? It looks so good, I'd love to learn... Thank you!
neutralboy Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
wait did you make up that story or is that how it actually goes?? also this is tottaly incredible!!!
MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional
The story to the deviation I did compose myself, but Ganymede is an actual character in Greek mythology. Thanks for liking!
neutralboy Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
well i love it anyway!! :3 its so beautifully trajic!!
nivell Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Gorgeous artwork!!!
MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Professional
DorkyGeneric-Nameplz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Wow this is....just so utterly amazing
MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011  Professional
Glad you like!
DorkyGeneric-Nameplz Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2011
Jack-Lilac458 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh wait, it says the illustrator on there anyways;;
Just making sure, sorry OTL
MischievousMartian Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Professional
No problem at all. Thank you for the heads-up! :)
Jack-Lilac458 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hi, I'm just popping on here to ask if you know that your work was used as a cover for a nook book: [link]
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