Descent into the Underworld Picture

This piece was one that I worked on for my AP 2D Design class during my senior year of High School, I had to make a series of pieces that fit a certain theme of sorts. For my theme, I wanted to go with what people perceived of romantic love through the style of animation. The way I went about doing this was I took some famous fairy tales and certain love stories and tried to pick out some of the most iconic themes of each and painted them. The figures were drawn first on Bristol paper and colored with pencil and the backgrounds were hand painted with watercolor. I wanted to mimic the look of a lithograph.

This is the second piece in my Aphrodite and Adonis series. This particular moment is when Adonis is dragged into the underworld by Persephone, but it's not exactly the same underworld as you'd think. I imagined the underworld in this case to be a dark sort of bayou or jungle. Persephone was the god of springtime so I wanted to reflect that in the scenery so I figured a scary jungle seemed to work just fine. I also made Persephone a Kelpie.

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