The love of Gods: Daphne Picture

This is my entry for the Enchanted Doll contest 2011.

Briefly, we were supposed to come up with an idea for a new doll, describe it in no more than 200 words and provide illustrations for our project. Each participant could submit up to 3 entries.

This is my pitch for my first entry: The nimph Daphne (or The love of Gods).

What is it like to be loved by the Gods? What if your prayers were listened and answered? One has to wonder if the mysterious ways of the Gods would conform to our desires and if their intervention would really bring the help we hope for.

This doll is inspired by the myth of the nymph Daphne. The Gods indeed loved her.
Apollo burned with passion for her. Cupid had seen to it in revenge for Apollo’s mockery of the power of love. When pursued by her divine suitor, Daphne realized that she could not escape his unwanted attentions. She prayed to the Gods for mercy. They listened. They intervened. She was transformed into a beautiful bay leaf tree. Apollo, finally reaching her, wept on her breast as it turned into wood and swore that she would become his symbol: the symbol of triumph for generations to come.

Was she gifted with eternal beauty and glory for her virtue? Or was she forever deprived of her freedom and form? Was this the only way she could be saved?

This doll comes with bay leaf branches bracelets and headdress, root-shaped boot, and a bark-like tattoo on half of her body.

The drawing was done with markers and pencils (as usual) on Strathmore's Bristol paper. For the background, I used a fake parchment made with tea bags and scanned...In case you were wondering...
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