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Underworld nymphs by Arbetta Underworld nymphs by Arbetta
I'm so sorry... I know have to finish the Muses and the Greek Olympic gods... but I just can't find the time right now, I have a lot to study and one of the Muses and one of the gods are being very difficult to paint! I guess that's the thing you call "art block", hm? (*goes to cry in a corner*)

Anyway, I put four nice ladies here, all of them quite unknown, and all from the... yessssss... the UNDERWORLD! Lovely place! They are:

Orphne/Gorgyra is a representation of the darkness of the river Styx, the river of hatred. But she doesn't hate you ;)
Minthe/Mente is also a Naiad, of the river Cocytus, the river of wailing. There are many stories explaining why she was turned into the mint plant, all of them concerning Persephone being jealous of her (kind of) affair with Hades (:omg: I hope he didn't do it!).
Leuce, or Leuka, is a representation of the white poplar. Long before Persephone became his wife, Leuce was the dear lover of Hades. She was an Oceanid who went to live with him to the Underworld for many years… and then died (yes, it can happen to nymphs, maybe due to her changing water for THE UNDERWORRRLD!). A very sad Hades then turned her into the white poplar, a tree which became sacred for him from that moment on and grew in the Elysian Fields. When Hercules travelled to the Underworld and returned, he crowned himself with white poplar leaves. It is a symbol of a peaceful afterlife and a memory of those we love... (*cries again*)
Lastly, we have one of the many Lampades, a group of sisters who were the companions of the witchcraft goddess Hecate (here: [link]). They hold torches to light the way in the night and their lights were feared, as they could drive a man to madness! Nice gurls! :dummy:

Well, that was a lot of useless information! If you've read it, thank you so much :hug: (it was already in my tumblr, I cheated!)

I hope you like these dark ladies :meow:
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Sergej12345 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
1- really looks like Styx.
2- Yes, he did. She turned her into mint. Then stepped onto her.
3-sad but beautiful.
4-Creepy awesome. Easy to see them with goddess of witchcraft.
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Interesting that even the god of death could have some big fans. I'm in love with Leuce now, she sounded like a beautiful, kind lady who loved Hades as willingly as he loved her. I think Persephone was a love that had to take a while to fully develop, but I think they probably got some love in there. But Minthe sounds like she's a spunky lady for sure.
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sofia3180 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
I think Minthe actually set out to seduce Hades after seeing his golden chariot but then Persephone intervened and changed her to mint. I really love the representations here, especially the Lampad!
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Cupcakequeen16 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
They all look amazing! That last one creep me out though, but it's still good!
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SilkenHeart Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
LOVE them; I would love to see you do Clotho, Lachesis and Atropos together. Also a Gorgon would be really cool!
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kata0830 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Love your nymphs i am a fanatic of legendary creatures! :D
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TheEmeraldMasquerade Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your nymphs! They are all so beautiful and embody perfectly the river or the element they are realted to. I didn't know the rivers of the Underworld have nymphs and so I'm very happy to learn new things about mythologies since I absolutely love them. ^-^
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Eldr-Fire Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's so great to see lesser-known gods get drawn! Where did you get that version of the myth of Leuce, where she is a lover of Hades before Persephone? I have only heard versions where she happened after Persephone. I really love how creative these interpretations are. :)
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WarriorNun Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always see Hades as the type of man who genuinely respects women (human or otherwise) but his only experience with one is with Leuce (I always thought of her as his first) and really uncomfortable of the persistence of Minthe.  
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Pinkcaramel68 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
I absolulty LOVE the  first and second one omg. 
The first one is so dark but has beauty ans she has this shyness, beautiful. She's the styx alright :D
The second one is so cheeky and cute omg wow! 
And the third one is so pretty!
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xpictinaki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Just love them!  Keep on creating!
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Realms-Master Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Goodness, I love all of your Greek/Roman mythology art! Since I was a kid i've been fascinated with mythology, primarily Greek/Roman, Egyptian and Nordic, and it's so much fun to see all of your illustrations! I was thrilled to read the Percy Jackson/Kane series(s) because the author uses actual, factual mythology in his books.
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Tratie-forever Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:horny: THNX
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Tratie-forever Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you draw Percy Jackson and Olympian characters if so draw Travis and Katie
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Moon-Shadow-1985 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Hope to see your Greek Mythology series continue:);).
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SassyTriniKARS Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
I am always captures by both roman and greek mythology .............. The stories are always captivating and always brings inspiration.................. NEVER DISAPPOINTING ESPECIALLY WITH LOVE STORIES ........
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MGRESA Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student General Artist
mola
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yooci Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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bhut Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
They are very wonderful. Thanks for drawing them!
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Blossom-Lullabies Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   Photographer
They are so beautiful :faint: And not, the text that you write always with your pictures are not useless, we can understand more what you want to represent and share with us ! :hug:
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hrothila Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Leuce y la lampade sobre todo te han quedado genial, aunque sólo se aprecia en condiciones si te bajas la imagen y la ves a tamaño natural. De Leuce me encanta la cara, y de la lampade, ABSOLUTAMENTE TODO. ¡Queremos un dibujo independiente de la lampade como protagonista absoluta!

(Que las otras dos también me gustan, ¿eh? Pero tienen rivales muy duros :p)

PD: cómo shipeas a Hades y Perséfone, jaja. No, espera, sólo es shipear si no es oficial, ¿verdad?
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me alegra que te guste la Lampade!! :la: Sabes cómo la hice? Borrando de un fondo negro ovalado que creé como capa nueva, con una goma muy suave, poco a poco. Luego añadí algunos toques para la antorcha, pero todo es borrado jajaja Me gustaría hacer algún dibujo tétrico de Hécate con las lampades, a ver qué tal :aww: (si lo acabo haciendo y sale bien te lo dedico!)

Yo shipeo la familia inframundial a muerte. Y sí! Se puede, aunque sea "canon". Shipear tiene más valor si es imposible/improbable/retorcido/asqueroso pero la guerra de shippings ("I don't have ships, I have an armada") consiste en ver qué pareja acabará siendo canon al final.

Diosssses yo argumentando esto...
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hrothila Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Dioss, entonces lo has hecho casi como si fuera una escultura :D
A mí me daría cosa ponerme con una técnica así, me daría la sensación de no tener ni idea de hacia dónde va el dibujo. Te hago una reverencia.

Jaja, lo de la armada me ha matado.
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LittleBro-BigSis Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
I have never heard about the story of Minthe, so I looked it up (wiki is your friend! :dummy:): according to the myth, Minthe was a naiad who saw Hades' golden chariot and was dazzled by it ("Oooh, I like your shiny ride!":horny:) and wanted to seduce him, but Persephone saw this, intervened ("No other woman goes hitting on my man!" :threaten:) and changed the naiad into the plant mint. So Hades didn't do anything wrong, it was just a girl who liked Hades' car and Persephone being possesive of her husband :)

But Hades is pretty possesive of his wife as well (and I'm not talking about their original story). Do you know the myth about Theseus, the hero who slay the minotaur? Later on in his life, he and his friend Peirithoos got the idea (after a lot of wine) to marry a daughter of Zeus. Theseus picked Helen (who was 12 around then!) and kidnapped her to Athene (he gave her back later, but Sparta wasn't happy about the whole thing), and since Peirithoos couldn't get a prettier wife than Helen in the normal world, they decided to get Persephone since she was the most beautiful wife of the UNDERworld. Of course, Hades already knew that they were coming and offered them a seat to rest. However, the seats were cursed to make the men forget everything they once knew, and everyone in the normal world would forget them. The two men sat in those seats for god knows who long until Heracles freed Theseus. Peirithoos was never freed because he had wished to marry a woman who was already married.

In short: don't try to whoo Persephone, because Hades is going to make you regret it. Badly.

By the way, do you know the story about (the river) Arethusa? The river is now part of the river Alpheus, the biggest river in Greece, but since it runs a few kilometers underground people made a story about how it got in the underworld. The story about that river and the river Alpheus is often told together with the story of Persephone and Hades. Since you like that couple so much, I thought you might have heard of it. :aww:
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG It's always amazing to find someone who loves mythology as much as me! Thank you for all the explanation about Minthe, I wasn't sure she had an affair but this confirms Hades and Persy are still my otp, such a great couple! That story about Hades' possessiveness is great too, I have to draw something about it! :la:

Yes, I know about that story! Arethusa is very famous and I'll probably go so far as to draw a comic or something about it because it's just too beautiful! Thank you for reminding me about it! :hug:
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LittleBro-BigSis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
And you know that I think is great? That you like to draw all those mythologic stories! :tighthug: When I found you I couldn't believe me eyes because you have drawn so many of my favorite stories: not only very known ones like Hades and Persephone (who's story I also like very much, with the symbolism of them and all :aww:), but also the unknown ones about Eris, Psyche and the Graces. I often squeed behind my computer. haha.

And it's great that you know Arethusa! When I read about it I liked how it flowed (haha) together with the love story of Hades and Persephone, since both Arethusa and Persephone didn't want to marry the man that loved her so much. The story isn't as famous here, but I'm glad that it's known where you live since I like it so much :)

And it would be amazing if you would draw the story about Hades, Persephone and Theseus! I was reminded of it because Persephone was so possesive of her husband with Minthe, and I suddenly remembered that Hades was that also to his wife. I like how these two have grown to love each other so much after they had such a rough and not very happy start (kidnapping her to the underworld isn't really the best way to woo a girl Hades ^^;). But since they always stayed together and Hades never strayed to other woman (unlike his brothers), they seem like a very solid and stable couple!

But my personal greek mythology OTP is Eros and Psyche. I totally love how the playfull and carefree son of Ares and Aphrodite suddenly fell in love with a mortal girl and suddenly understood how powerfull and awful his own powers were. And that even when Eros left her and Aphrodite punished her, Psyche didn't give up and tried to find Eros (she even went to the underworld, and that takes a lot of guts and courage). They fell in love with how the other looked, but when they were torn apart they grew (Eros finally understood the strenght of his powers and became more mature; Psyche showed that she had a lot more than only beauty by finishing all the tasks that Aphrodite gave her). And in the end, they get together again and love each other forever! :la:

- Sorry for the rant, but I have no one to talk about them since very little people have knowledge of the greek mythology, and even less people know about Eros (or Cupid) and his love. People always forget Psyche and that makes me sad :(
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Cyluho Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They are aaaawesome :meow: me gusta!
And the information are really interesting :happybounce:
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (specially for reading all the info!) :hug:
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Cyluho Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nothing to thank for ;)
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SamanthaArnold Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your drawings! :D They're amazing. I learn so much about Greek Mythology from here. :D
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I love mythology and I hope you like it too, there are so many stories to read :aww: Thank you for reading all the info I post!
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SamanthaArnold Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! :D I love mythology too! I've been obsessed with it since the second grade! Though I'm only in 8th grade now. The stories are brilliant. You're welcome. :hug:
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
No pressure! Take your time with studies - they are more important. I'm glad you share your work with us, though! I look forward to seeing all of your new drawings! :D These are lovely! I've never heard of Leuce. Very interesting!
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I have a looot to study this year and I don't know why, but the ideas are getting weak when I most need them :cry: (and I want to get better!). Thanks for liking this, my friend :hug:
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LaurenGreiner Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww, you're welcome. :hug: I know what you mean. Your studies take away a lot of creativity because you only have time to focus on them! But that's okay. Study hard, then rest. You'll have your ideas back soon. :)
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I think i'm gonna have to use the poplar leaf thing in a fanfic
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, yes, please do! That story needs more love! :meow: It's a cute and sad story... one of my favourites :aww:
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I like hades he gets too much crap
just wondering have you ever read the percy Jackson series? if not you'ed love them
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I also like Hades, very much :love:
I haven't read them, but many people have told me to read them and I'm going to start with the first, thanks for the suggestion ;)
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
they're pretty good don't see the movie cause it sucks hard
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I watched it... but didn't like it... :blushes:
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
good
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fleoyulps Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do's it really suck? cause i'm planning on watching it and i dont want it to end up like eragon!(man i got soo pissed off i didnt finish the whole movie!)
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poulinr1997 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
IT WILL FILL YOU WITH RAGE IT IS NOTHING LIKE THE BOOK EVERYONE'S FREAKING 16 IN IT AAAAAAA
Sorry... went into a fanrage
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Katydid42 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
these look totally cool! :D
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you like them! :D
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RoguishBard Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, the Lampades kinda remind me of the Wytes...little glowing lights that lead travelers astray/to their death.
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The Wytes, you say? I have to look for that and learn more! :aww: There are myths from different cultures that end up being very similar, I guess that may be it :meow: (and there are other things like the will'o wisps)
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cari28ch3 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
los detalles en Leuca son mi parte favorita, y ojala te hayas divertido en Galisia :)
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Arbetta Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sí, me lo pasé genial, gracias! :aww: Y me alegra que te guste Leuca! :dance:
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