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Hi there guys! here goes a image I done the last February as cover for the metal band "Hound of Hades". This pic was done in livestream, was a rly fun comision to do, love cerberus and the idea of showing him at hell´s gate. hope you like it :)
if you want to know more of Hound of hades here goes their website and FB
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Cerberus or Kerberos, (Greek form: Κέρβερος, kerberos) in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed) which guards the gates of The Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping. Cerberus featured in many works of ancient Greek and Roman literature and in works of both ancient and modern art and architecture, although, the depiction and background surrounding Cerberus often differed across various works by different authors of the era. The most notable difference is the number of its heads: Most sources describe or depict three heads; others show it with two or even just one; a smaller number of sources show a variable number, sometimes as many as 50.

Cerberus is said to be the sibling of the Lernaean Hydra, the Nemean Lion, the Sphinx, the Ladon, and the Chimera.

Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a fire-breathing giant whom even the Olympian gods feared. Its brother is Orthrus, always depicted as a two-headed hellhound. The three-heads can respectively see and represent the past, the present, and the future, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth, and old age. Each of Cerberus' heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave. Cerberus was always employed as Hades' loyal watchdog, and guarded the gates that granted access and exit to the underworld (also called Hades).

Capturing Cerberus alive, without using weapons, was the final labour assigned to Heracles (Hercules) by King Eurystheus, in recompense for the killing of his own children by Megara after he was driven insane by Hera, and therefore was the most dangerous and difficult. In the traditional version, Heracles would not have been required to capture Cerberus, however Eurystheus discounted the completion of two of the tasks as Heracles had received assistance.

After having been given the task, Heracles went to Eleusis to be initiated in the Eleusinian Mysteries so that he could learn how to enter and exit the underworld alive, and in passing absolve himself for killing centaurs. He found the entrance to the underworld at Tanaerum, and Athena and Hermes helped him to traverse the entrance in each direction. He passed Charon with Hestia's assistance and his own heavy and fierce frowning.

Whilst in the underworld, Heracles met Theseus and Pirithous. The two companions had been imprisoned by Hades for attempting to kidnap Persephone. One tradition tells of snakes coiling around their legs then turning into stone; another that Hades feigned hospitality and prepared a feast inviting them to sit. They unknowingly sat in chairs of forgetfulness and were permanently ensnared. When Heracles had pulled Theseus first from his chair, some of his thigh stuck to it (this explains the supposedly lean thighs of Athenians), but the earth shook at the attempt to liberate Pirithous, whose desire to have the wife of a god for himself was so insulting he was doomed to stay behind.

Heracles found Hades and asked permission to bring Cerberus to the surface, which Hades agreed to if Heracles could overpower the beast without using weapons. Heracles was able to overpower Cerberus and proceeded to sling the beast over his back, dragging it out of the underworld through a cavern entrance in the Peloponnese and bringing it to Eurystheus. The king was so frightened of the beast that he jumped into a pithos, and asked Heracles to return it to the underworld in return for releasing him from his labors.
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:iconnall608:
Nall608 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Cerberus looks bad ass.
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Krysnha Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
All hail the guardian of the abyss
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DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015   Artist
sweet!
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Lockaut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
amazing!!
aunque me gustaria mas sin la armadura pero aun asi amazing!!
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Legion3849 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Love the double set of jaws.
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PsicoDelice Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This picture inspirated me a lot of creatures. I must say "Thank you"!!! 
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:iconkrysnha:
Krysnha Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Superb
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SerpentSabatour97 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who wants to pet my dog.
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tomeojr Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've read that Cerberus' spittle became Aconite/Monkshood/Wolfsbane as Heracles/Herakles/Hercules brought him out of the Underworld
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inukun7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece loved it !!
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Kn1ghtGr3y Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
awesome
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:iconsamie-seville:
Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
very cool
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:iconryde1031:
ryde1031 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Amazing as always!!!
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:iconrunamanty:
Runamanty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
una imagen muy poderosa
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:iconlobogalleta:
lobogalleta Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow impresionante, hermoso diseño, detalle y colores me encanta!!!!
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:icontwilightkarnor:
TwilightKarnor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Dante: Comn on, puppy, come on.
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:icondelissio9:
DeLissio9 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
sooooooooo damn coooooooool!!!!!!!!
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SuperStormtrooper501 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome brooooo, freaking love it!!
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:icondareksig:
DAREKSIG Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Caí por acá buscando cosas de Final Fantasy y terminé viendo toda tu galería. Excelente estilo y calidad! tienes una gran habilidad!
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Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing picture of cerberus congrats.
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:icondevil-rager88:
Devil-Rager88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Amazing...Just Too Bloody Amazing
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GruntX71 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013

Fabuloso!

 

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randomalienman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Three words epic, awesome, and stunning!
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fusion947 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
Goddamn!!! 

This is the one of the Greatest Arts I ever seen. You Practice drawing a lot huh?
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DVDDDRG Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Really awesome pic! Check this, by the way ;)
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:icondeviantk14:
DeviantK14 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaahhh, lovely work! Cerberus has never looked more vicious or terrifying.
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:iconshesnevercomingback:
ShesNeverComingBack Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I so fucking Want this pet!!!
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:iconhisweskerness:
HisWeskerness Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
Heh "Man's best friend" just turned into "Man's worst enemy"
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K9-Fenrir Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
wow... 0_o

I kinda feel bad for Hercules... he has to go barehanded against him xD
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Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
He still won the fight, though
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WillieManga Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
Damn, this is badass!
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:iconbrutechieftan:
Brutechieftan Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Well if it isn't Fluffy...
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:iconwolfblade20:
wolfblade20 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is the most realistic and epic Cerberus I've ever seen.
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:iconjbconcepts87:
jbconcepts87 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hell Yea
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:iconilda28399:
Ilda28399 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my this is SO cool :D i really like the lighting and the semirealism **
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:iconautumnpeace100:
Autumnpeace100 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Student Filmographer
This picture is so intense. You're depiction of this creature is really awesome. Really an amazing piece.
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:iconthejazza:
theJazza Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
That is the most epic Cerberus I've ever seen
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JheregAssassin Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Now that is the guardian of the gate of the underworld. I really like that you used more then one row of teeth.
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ZeRainbowSkaLark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
:la: He's so cute~
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:iconboss-of-gran-shocker:
Definitely worthy of the title "Hellhound"
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:iconconvicto:
convicto Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
tienes algún derecho de autor o como puedo usar la imagen para un equipo de rugby...
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iamkomics1 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
WOW!!!

Cheers!

Tony

Nothing is as it first might seem. VAMPEER Cometh. Spring 2014.

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cybertop Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
hey! i am creating a wargame, can i use this image for one of the cards? your name will appear on the card itself as the designer of the image
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:iconhudojnik:
Hudojnik Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
fantastic design
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SpikeVanhellsing Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
all i have to say is, epic.
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:icononedraco13:
onedraco13 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
so cute, i want him as a pet.
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:iconezallyia:
Ezallyia Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the coolest pictures of Cerberus I've ever seen! :wow:
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unCooOol Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Cool , now do a barrel roll !!
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joeking4697 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Amazing !!!!!!!!!!
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LLPR Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
holy shit this rocks :iconfuckyeahplz:
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