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Path To The Underworld by charligal Path To The Underworld by charligal
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So I decided its been too long since I last uploaded a finished piece here. I am really influenced in art by mythology and legends and the story of Persephone and Hades always inspired me.

Persephone used to live far away from the other deities, a goddess within Nature herself before the days of planting seeds and nurturing plants. In the Olympian telling,[28] the gods Hermes, Ares, Apollo, and Hephaestus, had all wooed Persephone; but Demeter rejected all their gifts and hid her daughter away from the company of the Olympian deities.

Thus, beautiful Persephone lived a peaceful life until Hades, the Lord of the Underworld, fell in love with her. It is said that Zeus advised him to carry her off, as her mother Demeter was not likely to allow. She was innocently picking flowers with some nymphs—Athena, and Artemis, the Homeric hymn says—or Leucippe, or Oceanids—in a field when Hades came to abduct her, bursting through a cleft in the earth. The place where Persephone was said to have been carried off is different in the various local traditions. The Sicilians believed that Hades found her in the meadows near Enna. The Eleusinians mentioned the Nysaean plane in Boeotia and said that Persephone had descended with Hades into the lower world at the entrance of the western Oceanus. Later accounts place the rape near Attica or at Erineus near Eleusis. The Cretans thought that their own island was the scene of the rape.[16] Demeter searched desperately with torches for her lost daughter all over the world. In some versions she forbids the earth to produce, or she neglects the earth and in the depth of her despair she causes nothing to grow. Helios, the sun, who sees everything, eventually told Demeter what had happened and at length she discovered the place of her abode.
The Return of Persephone by Frederic Leighton (1891)

Finally, Zeus, pressed by the cries of the hungry people and by the other deities who also heard their anguish, forced Hades to return Persephone. However, it was a rule of the Fates that whoever consumed food or drink in the Underworld was doomed to spend eternity there. Before Persephone was released to Hermes, who had been sent to retrieve her, Hades tricked her into eating pomegranate seeds, (four or six according to the telling) which forced her to return to the underworld for a period each year. The seeds correspond to the dry summer months in Greece, usually one third of the year (four months) when Persephone (Kore) is absent. In some versions, Ascalaphus informed the other deities that Persephone had eaten the pomegranate seeds. When Demeter and her daughter were reunited, the Earth flourished with vegetation and color, but for some months each year, when Persephone returned to the underworld, the earth once again became a barren realm.
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yukisohma4life Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful!!
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pbeebe Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice. I love the way you've altered the background to make it a completely different mood and the lighting is great!
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charligal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, yeah.. i wanted to give a it a bit of a mysterious atmosphere.
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:iconpbeebe:
pbeebe Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did! :)
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Excellent :D
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Noxy-Voorhees Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing <3
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers m'dear!
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:iconseika:
seika Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Artist
I love the lighting on this piece :) it looks lovely!
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much darling!
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:iconwanda357:
wanda357 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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:iconani7an:
Ani7an Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great colors. Magical.
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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FP-Digital-Art Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice one :)
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hun
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zummerfish Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice :3
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers dear
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Interesting. The lighting effects are pretty good. :)
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, i like playing with dramatic lighting.
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Phongtu Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah love that :D
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers hun :D
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Saya-Chan-7 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011   General Artist
my eyes just explded with how beutiful this is. the colors are really pleasing to the eyes and to pose is well made. this fantasy work you did just exploted my mind! keep doing what your doing now im gona have to watch you ^^
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charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Aww shucks, happy to hear u like it so much :lol: I will do my best to keep it up!
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Saya-Chan-7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011   General Artist
owo yay
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charligal Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
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Saya-Chan-7 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011   General Artist
>w<!!
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frostglade Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
i really enjoy what you have done with the lantern here, a good use of the light and rays
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, i had fun with the lighting.
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011
Featured here my friend [link] :heart:
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charligal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much :love:
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J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011
:iconsnuzzleplz:
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coli666 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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charligal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks :D
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coli666 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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:iconj-u-d-a-s:
J-u-d-a-s Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
Excellent work sweetie, well done :blackrose:
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers hun, i appreciate it.
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:icondaz-keaty:
Daz-Keaty Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful use of coloured.
The way the blue is used as a mystifying effect is really well done.
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks hun, im very happy to hear you like it.
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SixtyFourWarrior Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This is such a magical picture ! Awesome. I love the colors and contrast.
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you sweety, i am so happy to know you like it.
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JimHubel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome lighting work.
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I really enjoy doing dramatic lighting!
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:icondezgardous:
Dezgardous Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice colors, I love the lighting in it :D
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Cheers, i appreciate it. I do like playing with interesting lighting!
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:iconkjdragon:
Kjdragon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Student General Artist
nice effects and the the combination of the picture even the background:aww:
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, glad u like it!
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:iconkjdragon:
Kjdragon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
your welcome keep it up:icongreatjobplz:
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:iconfaceaway:
faceaway Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011   Digital Artist
Amazing work. Love the colours. Excellent :D
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:iconcharligal:
charligal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much :aww:
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Razzle-dazzle1606 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Very beautiful!
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