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So, a while back, the wonderful Maggie Stiefvater sent me a beautiful drawing that she had done of her character Persephone from the Raven Cycle series (for being runner-up in a contest). It felt like a typical frame wouldn’t suit…so I decided to pretend I could carve things and tried my hand at making one. Finally finished this past weekend (just in time for Blue Lily, Lily Blue)!

The frame includes (or is supposed to) beech leaves, oak leaves, calla lilies, and agapanthus flowers, all of which are meant to sort of hint at bits of the books, I guess? Sorry for the picture quality- you can’t really tell, but those are etched/carved in and painted over.

Still needs some work - maybe a lighter background color, and possibly some tinting to the leaves, as well as an actual official back to hold the picture in. But it came out better than I’d hoped!

Anyhow, Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing artist, author, musician…and just all-around human being, so you should look her up here if you haven’t already: http://maggie-stiefvater.tumblr.com/

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I got this dialogue between Hades and Persephone in my head, and I just had to draw it.

Hm, I think I gave Persephone a little darker skin tone than usual. Oh, well… She hasn’t been down in the Underworld for so very long when this takes place.

This comic feels like it’s connected with my previous little comic "He Is Okay". Heh, Hades says that they are compatible and Persephone says that Hades is okay. And what they really mean is: “I love you and you turn me on like hell”.

anonymous said:

Hades being wrapped around his girlfriend's tiny fingers. She's like 5'4 and Hades is a foot taller.

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"Well?" asks Persephone, looking up at Hades expectantly. "C’mon. I wanna get ice cream. It’s too hot in here." 

Hades groans from where he’s lying on the sofa, face down and carefully positioned so that there’s a cross wind from the doorway and the window. The window that his girlfriend is ever-so-lovingly blocking. Why did he have to be dating such a little shit? 

Persephone taps her foot impatiently. “Hades,” she says, voice firm. “It’s too hot inside. Let’s go out. To the skating rink. I can’t bear it in here. I feel like my skin is sweating off.” 

Hades groans again, and lifts his face up from the disgustingly damp pillow. “But that’ll require going outside, which will require sunlight touching me,” he complains, and she lets out a little huff, impossibly fond. 

"Hades," she says, and his eyes narrow at how sweet her voice has become. "Darling. Dearest. Hades, if we go out to the ice rink, I’ll buy you an ice cream to make up for it. Double scoops. Think of how blissfully cool it’ll be," she tells him, and he can feel her fingers in his mussed up, sweaty hair, gently twisting through the strands. "How does that sound?" 

"I’ve decided we should go to the ice rink," Hades says as he sits up, and Persephone lets out a victorious giggle, cut short when he waves a hand for her to stop, "not because you told me to, but because I came to the conclusion by my own independent thought. Right now, I’m going to go shower."

Persephone shoots him a withering look. 

"God, I love you," he says, and pulls her close enough to kiss the tip of her nose. "I really, really love you. What would you say if I asked you to run away with me?" 

"I’d say you were stalling for time before going to the ice rink," she retorts, and hits his arm lightly. "Go on! Shower!" 

He’s laughing as he gets up, shaking a hand through his hair and tiptoeing towards the bathroom door, trying to avoid touching the sweltering floorboards as much as possible. “I really do mean it, y’know, princess,” he says once he’s reached the door. “Do you think your mum would let you move in with me?” 

She snorts, looking over her collection of scarves. Hades rests his hand on the jut of his hip as he watches her, smiling just from looking at how she moves around his bedroom as though it were her own. “Nope. No way in hell.” 

"I guess I’ll just have to steal you away, then." 

"You do that, Hades. You do that." 

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Amphipolis Tomb: The head to the Right sphinx has been found! most likely on the floor under all that dirt. It’s super well preserved and has traces of red paint (the hair). It’s also been said that the wings have been uncovered too, but there are no pictures of those yet. They’ve also cleared a lot of the third chamber and uncovered the majority of the hinged door! the last photo is the base of the door; there are tracks that suggest the doors could be easily opened and left opened. Doors were common in temples and could be opened for visitors.

Why is the door the most destroyed part of this tomb? Were people trying to knock down a heavy locked door, or was it just a very weak structure of the tomb that crumbled over time?

It seems like all these images of women are Persephone. Is this a temple dedicated to Persephone (one of which exsits already)? I don’t know much about temples…. or does Persephone have something do with burial and/or Alexander the Great? WE’LL SEE. 

In some older versions of Persephone’s story, she was a young woman, not a young girl, and instead of accidentally wandering away, she had gone deliberately adventuring, when she fell, or was lured, or was kidnapped into Hell. Here Persephone’s adventurous spirit leads her into difficulty, instead of her being a passive victim of the wickedness of others. Her relationship with her mother gives her the courage to explore her world, and when events take a bad turn, their relationship gives her the strength to survive.

In a still older version, Persephone heard the despairing cries of the dead and chose freely to go into the Underworld to comfort them. Hades does not appear at all, in this version. Here Persephone’s descent to hell illustrates inclusiveness for every being, whether in the Underworld or in our present one, and shows that mercy is integral to her nature.

In the most ancient layer of myth, Persephone’s name means “She Who Destroys The Light.” She was the powerful Goddess of the Underworld long before anyone knew of Hades. Like the Indian Kali, the Irish Morrigan, and the Sumerian Ereshkegal, she was the Goddess of Death.

—  (x)
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Modern Day Greek Gods - Interpretations of the Olympic Pantheon (plus a few more!)

Click these links for descriptions of each character:

Poseidon Zeus Hades Artemis Apollo AphroditeHera Hermes Athena Dionysus Ares Hestia Hephaestus Demeter Persephone

Holy crap! Finally finished, and here’s the masterpost! I’ve had so much fun with all of these. It was a great exercise in character design and I really got into it (lol originally I was only going to do Hera and Zeus).  Thanks for all the lovely comments and encouragement on this project!

Now onto the next!

(also sorry because I know I’ve been spamming you with the last ones all day)

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