Medusa Picture

Medusa in Myth

Medusa was a terrible monster who had laid waste to the country. She was once a beautiful maiden whose hair was her chief glory, but as she dared to vie in beauty with Athena, the goddess deprived her of her charms and changed her beautiful ringlets into hissing serpents. She became a cruel monster of so frightening an aspect that no living thing could behold her without being turned into stone. All around the cavern where she dwelt might be seen the stony figures of men and animals which had chanced to catch a glimpse of her and had been petrified with the sight. Perseus, favored by Athena and Hermes, the former of whom lent him her shield and the latter his winged shoes, approached Medusa while she slept, and taking care not to look directly at her, but guided by her image reflected in the bright shield which he bore, he cut off her head and gave it to Athena, who fixed it in the middle of her Aegis.

I finally got Corel Painter and wanted to experiment with it. Please be gentle because this is my first painting ever and I know it's not the best but it took me forever to do. I honestly never thought I'd be able to paint anything like this so I'm pretty excited! If you'd like to take a look at the artwork by Arnold Böcklin in which I used for photo reference look medusa.html">here.

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