Guardian of Fate Picture

Angel of Fate

Spiders have a bad reputation and have been used to represent many negative things. I myself have suffered with arachnophobia since childhood. Recently however after finishing Art school and doing some of my thesis on Mythologies that have used spiders to represents various deities and characteristics I have grown to love these misunderstood creatures. Even though I still shriek when I see one run across my living room carpet...

In Greek mythology, Arachne was a famous weaver. Athena, the Goddess of wisdom transformed Arachne into a spider after her weaving proved to be more beautiful than Athena's. However, shortly after transforming her, Athena took pitty on her and named her the Guardian of the tapestry of fate. (There are many versions of this story with varying events and meanings.) The spider has also been used in other myths to represent the creation deity because of the spider's ability to create it's own webbing. It has been used in Scottish folklore as a symbol of patience, perseverance and cunning. Also, because of it's eight legs, and the shape of the spider's abdomen and head, it has been used to represent infinity and cycles of life. The spider has also been used in feminism as a power symbol, mainly because of the size difference in every spider species between the male and female, the female often being ten times bigger than the male.

This particular drawing is based on my favourite of all the spider species; the Wolf Spider. [link] The Wolf spider rarely builds webs, instead it digs Burroughs in the ground and waits for unsuspecting prey such as small mammels, insects and even birds. It is the only tarantula that carries her young on her back.

The Process;

First I sketched out the spider in pencil, then taking another sheet of paper, traced the pencil sketch. Then on another sheet of paper I marked out the dominant parts of the spider, i.e the head and abdomen, then separated the legs to have five segments each, the back two having six. It is not anatomically correct, the legs should be a lot fatter and longer but I never go for complete correctness anyway with these drawings. Once all that was done I took the final piece of paper and did what you see above without using any pencil. The whole piece was done with a 0.1 black pigment ink pen.

Edit: Cropped the white area around the picture so the webbing goes to the edge of it.
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