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Medusa's Tear by Nightlyre Medusa's Tear by Nightlyre
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This one started out based on an ACEO sketch I did and utterly fell in love with. Medusa, the famed gorgon of legend, was said to be a beautiful woman cursed by Athena to bear a visage so hideous as to turn anyone who glimpsed her face into stone.

Imagine for a moment how lonely it must be to never be able to meet the gaze of another living creature without destroying it...

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Patrick-Leigh Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018
Don't cry, Medusa.  You'll make the snakes on your head jealous that they don't have tear ducts.
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lynnajens Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Hobbyist
This is literally how I've imagined Medusa from my upcoming book Gorgon. It follows the story of Lynna, daughter of medusa who goes on a quest to bring her mom back to life. So far I have a prologue and two chapters on my deviantart page to see what people think of my book before I continue with it and try to get it published. Would you be interested in reading what I have so far and maybe leaving a comment?
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Khialat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Her story is a sad one indeed :sad:
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TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
She didn't deserve her fate.
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10animallover10 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, poor Medusa :(
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed! :(
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jalen808 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the detail of the snakes she's beautiful I've drawn countless pictures of Medusa.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
She's quite fascinating - and glad you like the picture!
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shyvampiress1997 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's amazing. So much emotion. Another beautiful piece.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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shyvampiress1997 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.
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AbramWinterSmith Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Reminds me of a story arc I did with a gaming group...they happened upon a gorgon who was actually quite gentle and not at all interested in killing or destruction...

She spoke with her back toward the adventurers, and her snake-hair showed her facial expressions as she related to them her story...how she was disgusted by others of her ilk, and rejected her evil ways...

Her one wish was to be able to look upon others and not turn them to stone...to become a member within society and not a bane of it.

It took the adventuring company a number of levels...but they eventually found a Ring of Wishes...two wishes left.

First wish was used to Teleport the group to the gentle-hearted gorgon...
The second wish the party's bard worded in such a way as to permanently deactivate the gorgon's deadly gaze and downgrade the poison of her snakes...

The next five minutes of roleplaying were among the most moving as that gorgon, terrified as Hell, opened her eyes to gaze on her hopeful saviors and face them for the first time.

Many years later...the bard retired, with that gorgon beside him as his wife...and together they share the tale of a promise kept, and a love most unlikely that blossomed from it.

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Thank you for having this piece up on DeviantArt...it made me smile.

--Brother Abram
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aw - that's a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it! That's definitely not the actions one would normally expect from the average gaming group (if there is such a thing) - remembering the plight of a "monster" they met previously and returning to help her. It must've been quite a scene!
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AbramWinterSmith Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It was a very emotional scene...actually several of them...one of them was the bard getting close enough to run a finger down one of the gorgon's serpent hairs...the others looked like they were going to attack...but to everyone's surprise the other snakes began to nuzzle against the bard's hand...

"No one took the time to understand...they reflect my emotions...and sense the trust of others...you and your companions are the first to show trust in me..."

The bard simply lifted the snake-hair he was giving the most attention to and gently kissed it on the snout...and the gorgon began to weep happily...her hair gladly returning the affection...but she didn't turn to face him, allowing her living locks to communicate with their own facial expressions her relief and joy.

"The most beautiful females in this world are oft the ones with the prettiest hearts..."

The mental image was of this half-elven bard, cradling the gorgon's face in his gentle hands...her eyes are closed, but her snakes are all paying rapt attention to him...hopeful.

"I will make you this promise right now...I will appeal to mage and god to unchain you from this horrid fate...though I may not be able to remove all of that which is who you are...I will do everything in my power to prove your worthiness to at least be able to look upon the world with safety and confidence, and for everyone else to see in your eyes the peaceful and righteous soul you truly are."

The bard slipped a Ring of Friendship (a magical device that allowed two linked wearers to communicate with one another up to three times a day....no more than five minutes each use) on her finger and smiled...

"I know not if you can see through the serpents springing from your skull, but know I'm smiling most genuine...and my companions support me..."

At this point the Gorgon...Whim as she was named, hugs the half-elf tightly:

"They feel warm...for the first time, they feel warm...happy."

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Though it took a few years...there was not one day that either the bard or one of his friends spoke with Whim through the power of the rings...they would refuse to forget about her...and she never allowed herself to give up hope.

The story awards for actually seeing through that major arc were great indeed...and when it came time to make new adventurers....Whim Levistus was the new bard...taking up the mantle of her late husband...she never turned anyone to stone since that fateful wish...and neither did her daughter. :)

--Brother Abram
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tenderheartedthorn Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
i love greek mythology and medusa's story is by far my favorite.
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
She's definitely one of my favorites... the various versions of her story are fascinating!
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tenderheartedthorn Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
yea it's really fascinating to see how other people picture her tale.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012   General Artist
I am quite familiar with the Medusa Legend A Gorgon whose head was cut off by Perseus although do not think she would have looked quite like this she is quite good looking in my opinion like an earth element based, homo-reptilian humanoid in other words. I like the wok and that it is bigger than you had for it originally, nice work. ) :thumbsup:
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it! That's one of the things I like a lot about mythology, it's so open to interpretation, and changes with every retelling. :D
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012   General Artist
Oh that is so true, as a verbal story always has changes along the way through generations. An something I have heard is that myth in some way usually are based on fact but twisted in some way.
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Teru-is-True Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Poor Medusa.
I'd totally give her a hug if I didn't think I'd die for it. D:
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
She MIGHT look the other way. But she might not. What is life without a little risk? :mwahaha:
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Teru-is-True Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That's what my gambling-prone characters keep telling me. ._.,
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A lovely piece. Sad as well, you really get across the feeling of loneliness.

Do you use standard brushes or ones you've created?
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A little of both, actually. Hmm... of my three favorites (barring just the standard hard round brush), I've customized all of them. One of them was from the CD that came with a book called "Hi-Fi Color for Comics" (very good book, by the way). I actually got a chance to talk to them in person, and they were fine with me using the brush since I had purchased the book. The second is a roughly round shape I made and use with Photoshop's "scatter" effect, which makes a nice scaly effect if big, or a pebbly effect if small. The third is just a customized version of Photoshop's chalk brush. I have a horde of random customized brushes for one purpose or another, but usually I only use them a few times and then forget I made them, heh. :)

I'm glad you like the picture! Thank you. :D
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice!

I've never made a brush before, is it hard?
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Nightlyre Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Nope, it's not hard at all. The directions may be slightly different depending on which version of Photoshop you're working with, but in CS2, all you have to do is create an image using grayscale colors, go to Edit -> Define Brush Preset, and it's now a brush! At first, it just repeats the same pattern endlessly, but you can use the various options in the Brushes tab to change its behaviors. For instance, if you have a graphics tablet that supports pressure sensitivity, you can make the brush change size depending on how hard you press down on the tablet. I recommend just playing around with all of the options so you can see what they all do. I'm still learning!
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh that's not too hard at all!
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