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useless treasures

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Published: May 26, 2008
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This is my entry for the treasure contest by =foudroyant.

UPDATE: OMG it got the first place! That's so great, I'm so happy now! :dance: Thank you very, very much!

As I was in Turkey I saw some interesting graves and heard (again) the story about Charon, who took the dead across the rivers in Hades and got in return an obolus.
I asked myself what an immortal ferryman who stays in Hades for all eternity would do with alle the coins he gets. I don't think he could go to a tavern and spend his money there. So maybe he doesn't want the money, because he can't use it. And maybe it's just the people who think they had to pay for their ride.
I imagine that Charon collects all the money and hides it in a cave at one anabranch of the Styx. And because I think it's a bit to boring if people just pay with coins I thought it's more interesting if they pay with whatever they had as they died. So you can find weapons, amphoras and other things. You've just go to Hades to get the treasure ;)

You can find one older step for this picture here.

And please don't ask how long it took to draw this one. I've really no idea, it was just too long ;)
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AltarideHobbyist Writer
Hello, I work on an ezine about roleplaying games. The theme of the next issue will be 'Gold'. So I'm asking you permission to use this image in it (with credit).
The magazine is online and free : [link]. Thanks.
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That's alright with me :)
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sandeepthaparHobbyist Traditional Artist
omg....coins look so real...amazing detailing :)
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ZindyProfessional Traditional Artist
Incredible with all the little details. You must have an amazing patience.
Svera's avatar
Thank you :) I just love drawing details :aww:
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NadergevaraHobbyist Traditional Artist
Remarkable :wow:
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Thugnastay227 Photographer
Wow! great!
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Thugnastay227 Photographer
ur welcome
RefugeesPride78's avatar
sehr geil detallierte arbeit,wahnsinns linien und sehr guter composition:clap:
Svera's avatar
Vielen lieben Dank :aww:
RefugeesPride78's avatar
gerne gerne ich komm noch zurück zu dein page,hab mehr schöne sachen entdeckt,nur DA ist bei mir so langsam das es echt frustriert,bis bald:)
Svera's avatar
Kein Problem, ich freue mich über jeden Besuch :) DA spinnt bei mir auch manchmal :(
RefugeesPride78's avatar
komme gern bald vorbei:)man liest sich:)
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Very cool idea! There is so much fine detail. I'm also quite intrigued by the portrayal of Charon as an old man rather than a skeleton (which is how I always thought of him -- probably influenced by various movies and such). Poor guy. I wonder if this could be punishment for his greed in life.

Anway, it's fine work and congrats on the win! =)
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Thank you very much :) I wanted to draw him as a human, so people could easier understand what he must feel.
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Aww, great work, and the doll at the front is such a heartwrenching detail! A kid has paid with it! :mangapunksai:
Svera's avatar
Thank you so much! :aww: Yes, I hoped the people would see this small detail :)
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Red-IzaKHobbyist Digital Artist
amazing :>
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