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Melpomene - Character Reference Sheet

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Melpomene, the Muse of Tragedy.

See the other Muses:
Calliope - Clio - Erato
Polyhymnia - Melpomene - Thalia
Urania - Terpsichore - Euterpe

She was giving me some issues, I had to re-draw a lot of her outfit several times before I was happy with it. I also struggled with her shoes for a time before finally just going with the ones I had in the first place. She's pretty tall to start with but I think she wears these shoes to make herself even taller, and therefore more intimidating.

Melpomene and the other Muses appear in my Rise of the Guardians fanfic. She wasn't originally going to have that big of a role but she forced her way in there and is now one of the more prominent characters. She's a drama queen who tends to cause trouble for other characters. It's a subject of debate among the other Muses as to whether or not Melpomene attracts or is attracted to tragic beings. In my story, she's been spending some time with Pitch Black.

I'm also developing my Muses outside the RotG universe so that I can use them for my directed themes class, so definitely expect the other character sheets soon as they have now become an assignment for me. I'm still not sure who will be next, I was planning on Thalia, but Polyhymnia finally told me what she looks like! We'll see.

Something Quite Peculiar - Chapter 01
Chapter One: Reminiscing
The cabin could barely be called a cabin. It was more of a hut: a building in the loosest sense of the word. It had four walls and a roof, a door, a window, and a chimney that looked as though it were ready to fall over. Truthfully, it appeared that a strong gust of wind could knock down the shack, with signs surrounding which read, “Condemned” and “No Trespassing.”
The small structure was concealed behind several large trees, and was incredibly easy to miss, nestled within the forest that rarely anyone ventured into.
It was always snowing around this cabin, regardless of the season.
Inside was exceedingly less interesting than outside, if at all possible. There was only one room, which contained a mattress and pillow in the corner, a fireplace that appeared to have not been used in decades, and a few shelves on one of the walls.
The shelves proved to be at least somewhat intriguing, containing items such as a matryoshka do
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist

Thank you!

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SigfriedofgaeaHobbyist Traditional Artist
HOLY COW...

This is where the source material came from!!!

Context: There is a mod for a game that runs off of the Doom Engine, known as Solace Dreams.  The author of the mod has a bunch of characters there that you have to fight against.  Two of them were named Thalia and Melpomene, and you fight them on a theater stage.  I was looking for the models he used in-game, because I'm in the process of redesigning them (because I like redesigning characters), but when I went to Google Images to find the models and health bar faces (because I've seen them posted online), I came across this... and Thalia's character sheet too...

... and I recognize them from the game. :D

The dude got a lot of inspiration for many of the characters from all sorts of places.  I didn't see this until now because I haven't actively looked through the credits.

So... that's how I wound up here.  Lemme tell ya, your art is AWESOME. :D

Anyway, just take a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZGEBS…
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Sorry about the late response, thank you for all the nice things you've said about my art, I do appreciate that.

I did not know that this existed, I did not make this character sheet for use there and no one asked me for permission.  This isn't so much "getting inspiration" as it is just using my designs (and cropping my drawings) without permission.
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SigfriedofgaeaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:D

Oh noes... :(
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MQayyoomStudent Digital Artist
Holy shit man this artwork is amazing!!You can do much better digital art then me and she reminds me of Lust
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Practice, practice, practice.
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MQayyoomStudent Digital Artist
Yup I know that practice makes perfect and also how did you do the coloring and what software do you use?
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
I use Adobe Photoshop CC and a Wacom IntuosPro tablet.
honelima's avatar
Yep, definitely fits her description. 
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
I try, I try, lol.
lighteningstorms's avatar
Beautiful face. i actually thought she was the woman from the Latin American holiday The Day of the Dead
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  I'm sure if her skull mask was a bit less sad it would fit right in. =]
Seirah's avatar
Wow, she looks great. Strong, very faintly masculine facial features are actually appealing. Very nice picture and character.
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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dangerkid2019Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always love your brilliant attention to detail.
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Salty-RunnerHobbyist General Artist
she looks pretty amazing! The mask has to be one of my favorite things about her C: Also, she does look kind of intimidating e.e
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!  Her mask was so fun, I'm worried about how Comedy is going to compete.
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Salty-RunnerHobbyist General Artist
I think Comedy will make an interesting contrast rather than compete with it
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TeraSArtProfessional Digital Artist
I'm hoping!
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Salty-RunnerHobbyist General Artist
I'm sure it will C:
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I love it! I think you really nailed her look and personality. Perfection :)
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