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(Contains: nudity and sexual themes)

Is meant as erotica, okay?thankyouverymuch.

If you don't get it, go look up your Greek myths.


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:iconb4ld3r:
B4LD3R Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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larryata Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bestiality!!!!!!
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:iconpika-la-cynique:
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
*mythology.
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Midoriko-sama Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
My favourite part of this is actually that one, single feather on her thigh, which is such a delicate touch in all senses. It belies the activity that went on, but coupled with her face, it has that sense of 'gentle' that can also be 'sensuous' - the feel of a feather on the skin, especially skin as sensitive as that part of the thigh, is inherently sensual after all, and it brought the picture around to a full circle with her face in the foreground, to me.

The shedding of feathers in pure white too almost gave the sense of a struggle, too, which is sort of an underlying horror hiding behind the bright colours and the apparent purity of both the feathers and the building in the background, which represent the upstanding part of society she forms part of, and which she could all lose ... To me, this is both erotica and a nice, subtle dose of hidden horror - sort of like a creepy pasta in disguise, because the rape is being presented so innocuously, like a subtext, and the first impression is of a beautiful woman ravaged by lust herself. But then her prone position, and the feathers in her hand, as if she'd plucked them out, and her other hand, trapped between her legs also has multiple meanings. Was she using it help the coitus, or was it trapped there - and being used as a symbol of her being held down and restrained? It's a lovely piece. I think the legend spoke to you a lot while you drew this.
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LITTERBOOTS Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
BEST LEDA EVER!!!
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dinomottaesmaga Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Beautiful!
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SlothSongs Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Creepy. Yet oddly sexy.
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SJSmith Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Gorgeous work. I love the feathers strewn everywhere.
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Strig-Ex-Libris Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Student Artist
I have only just come around to reading my Greek myths. Though I understood what this all was before reading it, I fully grasp this now.

:laughing:

Zeus has been my absolute least favorite among the gods, with Apollo close behind. Good on you though, this is lovely! I love her face, and the feathers especially.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yyyyyep.

Ta!
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ARelyne Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
At first I thought that it was just a woman touching herself and the feathers symbolixed that it was a heavenly pleasure.

Then I saw it was about a greek mith and I haven't read nor heard about it ever but I bet my head this has ZEUS all written over it. /judges him
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Zeus: The Usual Suspect.

(google Yeats' poem on Leda. good stuff.)
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sahabiha Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lovely
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LamiaHearts Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
O///O
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ragingspacebull Featured By Owner May 6, 2012
She really looks blown away.
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:iconrdxtp:
rdxTP Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Would you let me use this image for my Yeats presentation at the school about the Leda and the Swan poem?
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:iconpika-la-cynique:
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ha! Osé. Sure thing.
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:iconrdxtp:
rdxTP Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Appreciated.
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:iconmandrake2012:
Mandrake2012 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
curious about it : How did it go ?
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:iconrdxtp:
rdxTP Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013
Tiresome, but ok.
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ouim007 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Very beautiful artwork... you are a great artist :)
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:iconconchapunani:
ConchaPunani Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Geez :-) Leda und Swan was always one of weirdest, kinkiest, mythological stories in my opinion.
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ProsperoRex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
lovely. one of my fav stories in Metemorphosis. love your depiction. poor leda.. looks like she had a rough time ;)
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ShyMagical Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
W-wow;;;
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:iconcolorpulp:
colorpulp Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
This remains one of my favorite pieces of erotica to this day.
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BessaEccentric Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Finally! A sexy woman rather than a skinny woman!

I love this, because I love mythology and beautiful art. It's very sensual~
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TanjaN1 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011
:) great!
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LadyIlona1984 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this story. :)
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EmbodimentOfSin20 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
It's been forever since I've seen this picture. Zeus takes on so many forms to seduce/rape these mortal women. I would love to see Danae in your style, with the rain of golden dust.
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:iconpika-la-cynique:
Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah... and Pasiphaé...
I need to get my erotic illustration mojo back on.
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EmbodimentOfSin20 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Pasiphaë would be interesting... What did she do to piss Poseidon off anyway where he would curse her to lust after a bull? I can't remember. >.< And if anything, I would imagine Eros or Aphrodite were not happy with that, Poseidon tampering in their realm of authority.

Oh, and as long as working on illustrations doesn't delay this current arch of GND, that would be awesome. ;P I love how you made Jareth apologize in a manner that wasn't over the top or too passive.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
She took the rap for her husband's offence, iirc.

Ta!
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EmbodimentOfSin20 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Ah, I see. And your welcome! ^^
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I was always a little weirded out by the number of girls that allowed Zeus to kidnap/seduce/do whatever to them. A bull, a swan, an ant, and who knows what else.

And he also approached a woman as a satyr. The women back then were apparently REALLY open-minded.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
I don't think he was all that concerned with those women "allowing" him anything. Most of the stories have a definite rape vibe to them - and when it's not by force, it's totes throwing his godly weight around. (But hey, chance to birth a hero!)
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Good point. But some, like Leda and Europa, were pretty willing to do it with a god in the guise of an animal. Which is a little bizarre.

It's been a LONG time since I read the myths. I should do that again....
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Excoffon Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011
I love this one, funny and imaginative....
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recordirubini16 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lmao, this is totally what happened. Zeus is so wierd, lol
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The-Bails Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2011
this is such a gorgeous concept!! wonderful job!!
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bellesangmorte Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I fully can appreciate any artist who can paint a woman who has some form and not thin as a toothpick. it goes to show that there is more than the image that the media hands out to us all.
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HettyBobcat Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love the image and the colors and the real softness to it.
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Ronin7707 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Reminds me of Frank Frazetta's work. I love his work and his women are so curvy. Inspired me too look at your other work. You have a very varied style. Kudos and keep up the good work.
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4celeste Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Have you ever read "Becoming the Villainess" by Jeannie Hall Gailey? It's a collection of really powerful and thought provoking poetry and one of the poems is "Leda's Mother Warns Here". That's what this picture reminds me of.

The poetry is mostly free verse and relies on rhythm, line breaks, content, feel, and sound. So if you're more of a sonnet girl don't bother. This is not Shakespeare's poetry.

Beautiful work, by the way. ^_^

....I am 85% sure I haven't said this before.....oh well it bares repeating.
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cyborg76 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
fantastic. soft lush colors, smooth skin and nice curves. plus i love the subject matter.
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lolbrb Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010
nice:popcorn:
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MindAbuse Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ein cooles Werk. :D :clap:
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the-zilla Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Hobbyist
So often I garner a greatly enhanced take on a piece after sifting through the comments. Like here. First glance looked like a basic nude study with background, but then - the face. I felt like I'd stumbled into something that was (if not intimate, then) private and sensual. I do agree that Zeus adopts a use-'em-and-lose-'em take with women. Leda's lying so uncomfortably on the grass (she'll have cramps like nothing else when she comes to) and one bereft hand is grasping at some feathers. This is kind of sad, in a way, belying the cheerful sunny day and the hopeful temple peeking over the hillcrest.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
:) Thanks. Your scrutiny is appreciated and vindicating.
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calvesgroper Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010
it was a garden gnome come to life disguised as a swan, and he took her from behind, by suprise, and left her poor vulnerable femininity convulsing and flooded and sore but satisfied.
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Pika-la-Cynique Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
That is very filfthy and poetic.
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