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"Circe" -- line art in pen on paper, digitally colored free handed using Corel Painter on Intuos 3 tablet.

Done for the December 2011 theme of the Enchanted Visions Project of the same title. Since I'm not a huge fan of Greek mythology, this particular prompt didn't give me an instant motivation and I sat around procrastinating. ^^; Eventually, after a bit of research, I decided on the 'secret garden of Circe' angle -- a garden of toxic or other plants with pharmacological properties for her to make potions with for her 'spells'. In the image, the plants included are: belladonna (deadly nightshade), opium poppy, and hemp (faintly in the background).

She's also known to turn men into pigs and other animals with her magic, and I chose to depict her with a lion since it's easy to tell with the mane that it's a male. ^^ I hope the lion looks somewhat forlorn and definitely docile.

I made my Circe to look utterly unimpressed and bored, although certainly alert to any intruders to her domain. I like her eyebrows that say "Really...?" XD

I became a co-administrator of the Enchanted Visions Project in November. It's just a volunteer position, and all I do is just help out with questions on their Facebook page and their forum. They (the admin and Amy Brown who still oversees the project and occasionally participates in a monthly theme) let me select January 2012's theme. I picked "Dragon Lore", and I'm looking forward to getting started on that one soon.

2011 Mitzi Sato-Wiuff/Aruarian Dancer
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:iconchristielou62:
christielou62 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I love the style of this, the color, just all of it, beautiful!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :iconblushplz:
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SabishiiHime Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
I love Greek mythology, but I haven't really read about Circe yet so interesting XD I love her expression XD and the lion! I want to snuggle into its fur >3< nice drawing :3
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I didn't know much about Circe until her name was mentioned as the prompt/theme and I had to scramble to do some research. I think I enjoy the research phase of a project as much as painting sometimes.

Thank you. ^^
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SabishiiHime Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Hehe you're welcome! ^^
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AnzennaArtz Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice to hear the myth to go with her. What a beautiful lion. I want to bury myself into his shaggy mane :3
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hehe, thank you. I want a docile lion to hug, too. :XD:
Next, I want to do "Salome"...
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ShikaSakurako Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Pretty~
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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markedforpower Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011   Digital Artist
She's stunning and so natural. The background really creates a magical mood, well done!
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^
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ShadowSeason Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Student General Artist
I swear, with each new drawing you put in more detail. The lion's fur is absolutely amazing-- I can see each individual strand! :o
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
^^ Thank you.
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
You've done a wonderful and fantastic job on this piece 8D!! The Lion definitely looks Docile, you did very well on that and I absolutely love the expression on Circe's face. She looks a little arrogant since she has these powerful potions that turn men into animals XD.
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^ Thank you also for the faves.
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student General Artist
No problem :).
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student
this is so beautiful :la:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^
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Charming-Manatee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Student
your very welcome! :hug:
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deskridge Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011   Digital Artist
Very beautiful!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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ScarletWitchDezi Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
looks great love her expression XD
and I like how you chose more realistic colors for this piece
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^ Yeah, I love her "Really?" eyebrows the most. XD It made me want to insert a 'thought bubble' in there and ask people to fill in with what they think she is thinking. LOL

I started out with her base skin tone as the 'paper color' for the entire piece, so I didn't have to do a whole lot of coloring on her. I'm glad you like it. :D
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ScarletWitchDezi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
ur welcome hun :)
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anhthr Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely! I really like the color scheme that you chose for this one:)! The lady looks like a very strong willed character ^^
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I really like working in the gold and brown tones. I feel very at home and cozy. Although I feel blues are refreshing and soothing, and therefore one of my favorites. ^^

She does look like a biatch who is accustomed to getting her way every time. :D
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anhthr Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very welcome:hug:! Haha, and yeah I noticed your love for blues :XD:! Some of your recent works seem to have this similar tone, which is also very nice ^^. And you're so right about your description of her lol! It was the exact idea I got when I saw the deviation :XD:!
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StefaniaRusso Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love, love, love, love it!!!! :love:
I loooove this your intepretation of Circe! :love:
Ahhh.. yes... i read you become co-administrator of EV... I don't know if i write congrats to you or not (in this period my head is out, lol)!
Congratulation, Mitzi!!!!!
Abnd..... Yes... Damn... You're guilty for this new theme... Eh eh...
After centuries i'll try to draw a dragon... :meow:
In truth, i hope to have time to made this theme... I don't start it, but i have in mind an idea...
Hope, hope, hope! :meow:

:snowflake: Happy Holidays!!!! :snowflake:
:huggle: :heart: :glomp:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, Stefania. :heart:

I'm so curious to see what many artists who only paints pretty faces and fairies will do with this theme. I've always felt that EV galleries show not enough 'fantasy' works and too many 'fluff', I wanted to push us all a little bit -- creatively and technically -- with this theme. I've noticed that some people were asking for recommendations on how-to books about drawing dragons, so... hehe, the theme has them thinking, which is a good thing. :D

I probably won't get started on this theme until after Christmas... *procrastinator procrastinates again*
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DeesseNoire Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011
Absolument sublime ! <3
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This piece is spectacular! Would you allow the honor of our group (Ispirare) to house this precious piece in our :gallery:? Please say yes. :please:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. I just accepted the request. Thank you!! :heart:
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ZandKfan4ever57 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:iconawwwplz: You're so very welcome! :hug:
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ken261 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Oh my, this is wonderful.
The lion's face looks so soft.
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:iconaruarian-dancer:
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. ^^ I love long hair cats, including lions for their fluffiness. :heart:
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persephone11-12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
how is it that you know exactly what I'm studying?! Circe was on my final today! :D
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, let me guess... you were required to read Homer's Odyssey? Gosh, I remember trying to read that way back when I was in Japan in a Japanese translation and it was torturous. ^^;
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persephone11-12 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
we had to do reports on certain parts, then present them to the class. relying on your classmates can merely get you an F. so I went home and actually read it. ^&^
everyone was freaking out and I was the first one done. LOL!!! best final ever!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Good for you!! :hug:
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Ryroherewego Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
We did the story of Circe in Latin once :) I like this alot :)
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, cool! ^^ Thank you. :heart:
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Ryroherewego Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
It's alright, your Circe is much prettier than the one in our text book :')
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhh, this is gorgeous, Mitzi! :heart:
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you, Mayumi. ^_^
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MayumiOgihara Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
My pleasure! :D
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Monica-NG Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I love every detail of this piece :D
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awww, thank you so much, Monica. :love:
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Fantasy-Fly Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
Great work! I love it!!!
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aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you kindly. ^_^
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