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Goddess: Selene by venomoussilence Goddess: Selene by venomoussilence
In Greek mythology, Selene (Greek Σελήνη [selɛ̌ːnɛː] 'moon';) was an archaic lunar deity and the daughter of the Titans Hyperion and Theia. Her equivalent in ancient Roman religion and myth is Luna, Latin for "moon".

In the traditional pre-Olympian divine genealogy, Helios, the sun, is Selene's brother: after Helios finishes his journey across the sky, Selene, freshly washed in the waters of Earth-circling Oceanus, begins her own journey as night falls upon the earth, which becomes lit from the radiance of her immortal head and golden crown. When she is increasing after mid-month, it is a "sure token and a sign to mortal men." Her sister, Eos, is goddess of the dawn. Eos also carried off a human lover, Cephalus,which mirrors a myth of Selene and Endymion.

As a result of Selene being conflated with Artemis, later writers sometimes referred to Selene as a daughter of Zeus, like Artemis, or of Pallas the Titan. In the Homeric Hymn to Hermes, with its characteristically insistent patrilineality, she is "bright Selene, daughter of the lord Pallas, Megamedes' son."

Apollonius of Rhodes (4.57ff) refers to Selene, "daughter of Titan", who "madly" loved a mortal, the handsome hunter or shepherd—or, in the version Pausanias knew, a king— of Elis, named Endymion, from Asia Minor. In other Greek references to the myth, he was so handsome that Selene asked Zeus to grant him eternal sleep so that he would stay forever young and thus would never leave her: her asking permission of Zeus reveals itself as an Olympian transformation of an older myth: Cicero (Tusculanae Disputationes) recognized that the moon goddess had acted autonomously. Alternatively, Endymion made the decision to live forever in sleep. Every night, Selene slipped down behind Mount Latmus near Miletus to visit him.

Selene had fifty daughters, the Menae, by Endymion, including Naxos, the nymph of Naxos Island. The sanctuary of Endymion at Heracleia under Latmus on the southern slope of Latmus still exists as a horseshoe-shaped chamber with an entrance hall and pillared forecourt.

Source: Wikipedia

Rendered in Poser Pro 2012. Postwork in Photoshop CS6
I like how the slightly chubby look in her face gives her a more youthful impression. The pigtails reminds me of Harley Quinn from Batman which is very interesting, but not very time period appropriate. The dark shadows around her eyes gives a sense of sleeplessness, which is appropriate for a moon goddess, but it also gives me a sense of something darker - like maybe drug addiction. This is not a clean cut, good girl.

I love the dress. The apparent texture of the gown is amazing and I love the belt. I also like her pose. It feels very realistic, like she's in the middle of showing you something.

I like the background and mist. I think it adds a bit of etherealness to the picture.

I appreciate that you included the information from Wikipedia and credited it accordingly, but I would also like to see some of your personal take as an artist of who your Selene is. What personality are you striving for?

Overall, I do like the picture, but I am biased in that I love Greek myth and the mood goddesses especially. I think if you add a bit of what you were trying to achieve personally in the description, I could get a better idea of what you were trying to achieve.

Thanks for the work and I would like to see more.
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