Eros and Psyche Picture

Angel wings are hell to draw but Eros and Psyche has always been one of my favorite stories. For those of you unfamiliar with it, here's a brief overview:

Psyche was a beautiful, unmarried young woman who people started worshipping with Aphrodite's tribute. Aphrodite, angered, sent Eros to make her fall in love with an animal, but Eros pricked himself and fell in love with her instead. So he whisks her away to his home and promises she will have anything she wants. But she can never look at his face. Time goes by and Psyche wishes her sisters to visit. When they do, they plant doubt in her head until Psyche goes half mad and lights a candle to see Eros' face. But she drips wax on him and he leaves. To win him back, she must do tasks for Aphrodite. Eventually they are reunited and she's made a goddess.

If you want to read a retelling of this story (one that stays true to the story, but embellishes a little) I recommend the version in Aphrodite's Blessing by Clemence McLaren.

Psyche has butterfly wings because her name means soul and the Greeks associated the soul with butterflies. Eros is not looking at Psyche's boobs, I swear. And the writing beneath their feet is their names in Ancient Greek. Attic Greek to be precise.
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