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.
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. I love how you made Jareth apologize in a manner that wasn't over the top or too passive.
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!)
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.
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.