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December 20, 2011
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Circe by aruarian-dancer Circe by aruarian-dancer
"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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christielou62 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
I love the style of this, the color, just all of it, beautiful!
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :iconblushplz:
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
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. ^^
SabishiiHime Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012
Hehe you're welcome! ^^
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
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"...
ShikaSakurako Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
aruarian-dancer Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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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