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Hi there guys! This is an old image done back in 2007 or so. Circe from greek myths
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In Greek mythology, Circe (Greek Κίρκη Kírkē, pronounced "Keer-keeh" "falcon") is a minor goddess of magic (or sometimes a nymph, witch, enchantress or sorceress), described in Homer's Odyssey as "The loveliest of all immortals". Having murdered her husband, the prince of Colchis, she was expelled by her subjects and placed by her father on the solitary island of Aeaea. Later traditions tell of her leaving or even destroying the island and moving to Italy. In particular she was identified with Cape Circeo there.

By most accounts, Circe was the daughter of Helios, the god of the sun, and Perse, an Oceanid. Her brothers were Aeetes, the keeper of the Golden Fleece and Perses, and her sister was Pasiphaë, the wife of King Minos and mother of the Minotaur. Other accounts make her the daughter of Hecate.Circe was renowned for her vast knowledge of drugs and herbs. Through the use of magical potions and a wand she transformed her enemies, or those who offended her, into animals.

In Homer's Odyssey, Circe is described as living in a mansion that stands in the middle of a clearing in a dense wood. Around the house prowled strangely docile lions and wolves, the drugged victims of her magic; they were not dangerous, and fawned on all newcomers. Circe worked at a huge loom. She invited Odysseus' crew to a feast of familiar food, a pottage of cheese and meal, sweetened with honey and laced with wine, but also laced with one of her magical potions, and she turned them all into swine with a wand after they gorged themselves on it. Only Eurylochus, suspecting treachery from the outset, escaped to warn Odysseus and the others who had stayed behind at the ships. Odysseus set out to rescue his men, but was intercepted by the messenger God, Hermes, who had been sent by Athena. Hermes told Odysseus to use the holy herb moly to protect himself from Circe's potion and, having resisted it, to draw his sword and act as if he were to attack Circe. From there, Circe would ask him to bed, but Hermes advised caution, for even there the goddess would be treacherous. She would take his manhood unless he had her swear by the names of the gods that she would not.

Odysseus followed Hermes's advice, freeing his men and then remained on the island for one year, feasting and drinking wine. According to Homer, Circe suggested two alternative routes to Odysseus to return to Ithaca: toward the "Wandering Rocks" or passing between the dangerous Scylla and the whirlpool Charybdis, conventionally identified with the Strait of Messina. She also advised Odysseus to go to the Underworld and gave him directions

In the Aeneid, Aeneas skirts the Italian island where Circe now dwells, and hears the cries of her many victims, who now number more than the pigs of earlier accounts:

" The roars of lions that refuse the chain,
The grunts of bristled boars, and groans of bears,
And herds of howling wolves that stun the sailors' ears"
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chinchillacosmica Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Podrías haber trabajado más el detalle de sus pies
GENZOMAN Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Es una ilustracion para un juego de cartas, La tercera parte de la imagen era tapada por un bloque de texto. De ahi que nunca detalle mucho la parte baja debido a que usualmente cualquier detalle en esa zona se perdia con el diseño.
chinchillacosmica Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015
Gracias por tomarte el tiempo de responder, es que he visto algunos de tus dibujos y son hermosos pero me he percatado de que tienden a perder definición sus manos y pies.Tan solo me fijé en eso y quice comentartelo para que pusieras más ojo ahí, a veces uno no se da cuenta...pero lo digo desde la más absoluta ignorancia en todo caso.
Brok3nD011 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Beautifully done. :) 

There's actually more to Circe's story about why she murdered her husband. After bearing him two children he scorned her for a younger bride and intended to either banish or kill her (depending on which myth you read). Other versions go on to say she didn't murder Jason, but actually his young bride and in some versions their two children before accepting her punishment. 
xavgui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015
how about orion and artemis?
Caine001 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Ravishing, Seductive, Alluring, and Exquisite!!! =P (Razz) Love :o (Eek) Meow :3 :happybounce: Clap Hug deviantART Rabbit hole 
Gargu Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Hey [genzo]man, didn't you also draw Morgan le Fay? Because i couldn't find it now.
Luck-Ian-Oh Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Naughty sorceress, sweet.  
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
"Beautiful but menacing" that's the only way to describe your drawing of circe.
Kitty9992 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Can you do Mulan?
tomytieneblas74 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So tempting ! :love:
renoraider Featured By Owner Edited Jul 3, 2014
I recommend reading with this. Read every stanza's analysis for maximum effect. If you thought of her as spiteful, manipulative or as a vile temptress, then this may make you think otherwise.…
Whiteknightofchaos Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing piece.
Nall608 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
Amazing artwork and a beautiful woman.
pervisage Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Writer
Circe is better known as the (unoficial) Goddess of Witchcraft and she does have the habit or tendency of transforming all those who oppose her into animals (the real goddess of witchcraft if Hecate herself)
Kazaki89 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
I would like you to do a drawing of a Cossack warrior or god too! ;)
MRVISIO Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
q chica tan sensual :O
jkooler2002 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
Really nice, sadly we dont get such women in real life. Viva la imagination!!
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Outstanding character design.
ragpin Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student
Circe, have mercy
prof-ohmgee Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute-Heart Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice :D
Prifea Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Circe is not malevolent, she is simply her!
kikkaguinha Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
AAAh Bad women... In that case, bad Goddess... She can toy me whenever she wants!! u.u
Warriorscats12345 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I <3 these drawing you do..
VectorJehuty Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
She's pretty bad ass looking :)
afrogabo Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
HOla, hacee mucho que no me paseaba x aca...
Esta imagen esta genial, pero....por que esta ilustración posee pequeñas diferencia con la que aparece en la carta de invasión?? a que se debe??
Siempre pensé que solo habías hecho una Circe...!!??
katriel12 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fariszta Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
WOW! I totally adore her evil&soo sexy look :D Your Circe truly is a beauty in black :)
Sidian07 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Que hermoso :D!!
Genial trabajo~!
ericsmth78 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
oh, nice title o_o and pic
by-golly Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student General Artist
I will forever think of Circe as the purple-haired sorceress from Justice League Unlimited cartoons, though :D
XopherSeuss Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Leidan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
very nice. Another lovely bad girl!!!
lightisi Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Mantarok1205 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
you do mythology proud, this is impressive
FullfatalisV2 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Wow, Amazing !
lara440 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Isn't Hecate the goddess of magic? And Circe the aunt of Medea? However, it's really beautiful ;)
alain03 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
Très beau travail et bravo pour vos informations! et très belle galerie.
Very beautiful work and :clap: for your informations!
TOTALCOCONUTS Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Kalduin Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Oh my, the great witch is also a beautiful lady!
Glagui Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012
Your art is amazing!
zoni-k Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Artist
hermosa personaje
CRAN64 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
that is pretty sweet
aMAGEnation Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your art is always so epic! XD
Kazimerus Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your art! even though this is old it's still absolutely amazing!
juanandino Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
me gusta.
Azael1332Ragnarok Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very apparent to shanoa from castlevania
dmrademir Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing artwork!!!
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