Swan Song Picture

"Transformation, loss of innocence, beauty.

The swan maiden represents a common motif found in the mythologies and folktales of many cultures around the globe-from Native America to Slavic. Although the story varies from place to place, the basic plot is the same: a young man finds the feathered robe or skin of a swan maiden--a goddess-like creature--which she has temporarily shed to assume a human form. Although the youth attempts to hide the feathers from the maiden, which allows him to possess her, the swan finds its feathers, assumes its animal form, and leaves the youth. The lost swan thus symbolizes the departure of youthful innocence and the passage to maturity. In some versions of the story, the swan dies. In Greek mythology the 'swan song' is the beautiful song sung by the swan just before death." - Animal Spirits Knowledge Cards

"The silver Swan, who living had no Note,
when Death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast upon the reedy shore,
thus sang her first and last, and sang no more:
'Farewell, all joys! O Death, come close mine eyes!
'More Geese than Swans now live, more Fools than Wise.'" - Orlando Gibbons

A little something I drew yesterday. Is it just my scanner or does every scanner kill pencil images, it looks so nice and smooth in real life.

Pencil and paper.

Size: To give you a clue to how big it is the circle is exactly the same size as a CD (that’s right I used a CD, I couldn’t find a compass).
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