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Leda by GENZOMAN Leda by GENZOMAN
HI guys!
The last days was days of work work work so, little time for anything else :)

PSCS/Graphire2/5 hours + 1 hour of edit/music: Enya - It's in the Rain
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This is a very old draw, 2007 or so, but I retouched and give a new edit. hope you like it. Leda and Zeus... why zeus? I just see a swan there... wanna know?


Lets Wikiattack!

In Greek mythology, Leda (Λήδα) was daughter of the Aetolian king Thestius, and wife of the king Tyndareus of Sparta.

Leda was admired by Zeus, who seduced her in the guise of a swan. As a swan, Zeus fell into her arms for protection from a pursuing eagle. Their consummation, on the same night as Leda lay with her husband Tyndareus, resulted in two eggs from which hatched Helen later known as the beautiful "Helen of Troy" Clytemnestra, and Castor and Pollux. Which children are the progeny of Tyndareus, the mortal king, and which are of Zeus, and are thus half-immortal, is not consistent among accounts, nor is which child hatched from which egg. The split is almost always half mortal, half divine, although the pairings do not always reflect the children's heritage pairings. Castor and Polydeuces are sometimes both mortal, sometimes both divine. One consistent point is that if only one of them is immortal, it is Polydeuces.

In Homer's Iliad, Helen looks down from the walls of Troy and wonders why she does not see her brothers among the Achaeans. The narrator remarks that they are both already dead and buried back in their homeland of Lacedaemon, thus suggesting that at least in some early traditions, both were mortal.

Another account of the myth states that Nemesis (Νέμεσις) was the mother of Helen, and was also impregnated by Zeus in the guise of a swan. A shepherd found the egg and gave it to Leda, who carefully kept it in a chest until the egg hatched. When the egg hatched, Leda adopted Helen as her daughter. Zeus also commemorated the birth of Helen by creating the constellation Cygnus (Κύκνος), the Swan, in the sky.

Leda and the swan and Leda and the egg were popular subjects in the ancient art. In the postclassical arts, it became a potent source of inspiration
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Merc-King Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
To think about it I think she's just busy screwing with a or several commoners and blame it on Zeus to get away with it. With that many children I think she just love banging everyone. 
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DaimoNxx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
No wonder Zeus have a huge crush on her.  
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pimohdaimaoh Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
im very much a fan of zues leadership and his womanizing tactics that is why this character of mine created and considerate as a reserection descent of Zeus however accidentally developed him by flesh as Alien intraterrestrial humanoid
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KendrixTermina Featured By Owner May 15, 2014
I like what you did with the flowers. 


Didn't know the bit about the 'commemorating constellation' thing. Bet the kids were impressed to get their own constellation XD
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MOMOpJonny Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Beautifully drawn.
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Kangaroo0321 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Nice to see someone who appreciates a woman's hips and thighs. Nice pear shape.  
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MRWHITE81 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013

she is so sexy

nice art

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DyingMan75 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
She is so sexy & cute!Heart 
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ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Oh me mother ... *stares in admiration*
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SheWolf1937 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
EPICNESS!!
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BenHammonds Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013   Writer
This image makes me think of my poem Leda and the Swan that is in my gallery, this is very pretty!!
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dav2879 Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Mmmm!
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oryxace Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconnosebleedingplz:
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Isyll--8 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
gorgeous :)
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MhicDugall Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Whatever it's background it has a positive light about it , I like it .
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sanie1au Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Zeus! encouraging seasonality for all the good boys and girls!
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KittyKattsKorner Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Pure Purrrrfection..! =^_^=
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archonus1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
A wonderful peace of ART!!!
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VigilantMeadow Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Actually, Pollux was immortal. He and his brother were extremely close and always were together. However, Castor died (it was either in battle or he stepped on a snake--I can't remember). Pollux was extremely sad to lose his dear brother and begged with the gods to allow him to split his immortality with Castor. The gods took pity on him and granted his wish. Thus, Castor and Pollux spend half their time on Olympus and half their time in the Underworld.

I like talking about mythology like it's real. :D

Beautiful picture, too!
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Chaosfive-55 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Exquisite!!!!
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MestreAll Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
I've seen a lot of work of art out there in the internet, but none compared to yours, I wanted to be able to express myself and make a work of art like yours!

Where are you from dude?
And Where you learn to do this work of art?
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dav45 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012
HERMOSO
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axelwing Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist
That must've been pretty weird waking up one morning to find an egg in the bed. That must've been a great conversation first thing in the morning. lol
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SwanofWar Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Writer
How did a swan.......I don't wanna know :XD:
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sasukesakura6195 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
beautiful work as ever!
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ApocalypseGroup Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
beautiful :)
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cigus41 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
nice nice nice =)
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TFSakon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
I must say she feels powerful and majestic, and yet the light touch of her hand to her hair, her pose, so effeminate. Such dulcet power and tenderness.
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JesseAnderson11 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
Genzo why must she have such long hair lol
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TheVocaloid1 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Very Sexy :squee:
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imaginante Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
excelente!
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I have loved Greek Mythology since I was a boy, and my parents read some of the stories to me. I have only one question about the drawing: How many blonde Greeks does anyone know (outside of Aphrodite and Athena[What's worse, the original for Aphrodite was probably Semitic, and therefore even less likely to be blonde])? Yet most pics of the Greek characters of mythology are protrayed as blondes. I wonder what that says about us all.
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Fools-Errand Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
We all think blondes are kinky as hell have more fun?
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Despite the comment, I do, in fact, like the drawing. That's an interesting perspective for your background.
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
why would greek gods be semetic? They would be greek and greeks being Europeans have blondes among them.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The original for Aphrodite was the goddess Ishtar, also known as Ashtoreth, who was a goddess of the distinctly Semitic Canaanites, and would not likely have been blonde. As to the Greeks being European, most Europeans are not blonde, but brunette, and Greece has far fewer blondes than most of the rest of Europe, thus for Leda and any of the Greek gods to be blonde is less likely, that's all. Yes, there are blonde Greeks, like the actress Melina Mercouri, but they're not common.
But the real point is that it's a lovely picture, likely or not.
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well the original Aphrodite comes from ancient Indo-European faith of a love goddess same how there is a head storm god in many other indo-european religions - (Odin, Perun, Zues, Tanais etc). I have never heard of Aphrodite being inspired by a semetic god. And Europeans vary, most Nords are blonde but more southern Europeans are darker haired. Still in many descriptions of greek gods and heroes they are said to be fair haired - especially Aphrodite and characters like Helen.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
On the other hand, one of the great co-incidences, if it is such, is between the name of God, given as Yahweh, and the alternative name for Jupiter, given as Jove, and pronounced in Classical Latin as "yo-weh". The inter- and cross- relationships are much closer than most of us realize. And I've seen the Ishtar to Aphrodite one in several sources. It's by no means original with me. And it's those co-respondences that led to my original comment, along with the fact that blonde Greeks outside of Myth simply aren't common. A quote from a novel that I read many years ago goes, "Two blondes in a trainload of Greeks. Even the Maccaronades aren't that stupid." It's a WWII novel set in Greece about the resistance to Nazi rule during the occupation, which was largely administered by the Italians. Hence the comment about 'Maccaronades'.
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DeathfromSpace Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Look in the west Blondes are usually seen as bombshells and your attitude towards race is stupid. I have three greek friends, two are brunettes but one is more blonde/blue eyed than any nazis dream boat. Yeah Greeks have a darker complexion because they live on the mediterannean but again there are lots of blondes here and there and again blondes are seen as sex-icons in western culture hence why many ancient European goddessess are usually described as blondes. There is no crazy stretch from Yahweh or Jove to Jupiter - Jupiter was Roman for Zues and that alone was a distanced connection let alone to something in the middle east. In ancient times before Greeks every travelled from Greece and formed a united nation they were city-states warring with one another let alone travelling to Arabia to find Gods. It was just their culture, which derived from anicent Indo-European religions, thats why people can see so many things im common with Greek or Slavic myth, in the same way that eastern faiths such as Christianity can find so many things in common with something like Ancient Egyptian myth, for example: Horus an ancient Egyptian god, was born to a vergin mother, had 12 apostles, was called the way the light the truth, he ressuructed a man whos name translates as Lazerus, he was crucified and three days later was reborn to save humanity.
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Forcedlactationlover Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I'm not arguing that there isn't a vast overlap of mythical or religious meaning between the ancient world, whether Indo-European, such as the West or Semitic, like the Near East or Hamitic, like Egypt. There is, which was my point in the Yahweh-Jove comment. All I have maintained is that blonde Greeks were not that common, and they're not. You note the intermixture of peoples throughout the Mediterranean, and that is absolutely correct. I agree that the notion of a 'pure' people of any kind is exceptional, and, in fact, that's likely a good thing, as throughout Nature, Hybrids are stronger, and more likely to survive than so-called 'purebreds'. I have no 'racial' attitudes. None is better than any other, and, as I note above, intermixtures or hybrids are best able to survive.
The idea that Greek ideas stretched throughout the Mediterranean is absolutely right. They, and the Phoenicians (also largely organized in city-states), were the great colonizers of Ancient times in the West. Their ideas are the basis of our Democracy right here in the USA.
Again, I was just making one point, and as you show, it may have been faulty.
I still like that Leda pic. I was just surprised that she was shown as a blonde, nothing more.
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Forzatoadx Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
That is the most pissed looking swan I've seen in my life
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tdyn0 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
Great piece of art.
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biohazard22791 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
No wonder Zeus wanted to have his way with her....poor her.
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ChojinRyu750 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
sweet gotta love greek myths.
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AthenaWisdom Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012   Artist
Sexy :3
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EmiyaForjadeHierro Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Beautiful
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SassyTriniKARS Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I really loVe how you include the storyline it really helps interpret your beautiful art....Thank You
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Mikewildt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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KeirTanaka Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Uuuhh...cute swan!
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jazmin13 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012
:love: you likess~♥
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