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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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Lets wikiattack!!

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.

This image is featured in along with other mythological pics of this gallery in Legendary Visions Artbook edited by :iconudoncrew: you can order it on amazon :)
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OtachiKaiju68 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2017
holy crap! I really how Cerberus looks in this Picture!
TheMageOfVoid Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2017
C'mere Spot.
AlexMercer1061 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
fucking love it
Boojie-Baker Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, doggy.
DarkWithinLight2017 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
"The Guard of Hell"
ChikaraRyoku Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
awesome beast
Snowdog-zic Featured By Owner May 26, 2017
goomyiscute777 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2017  Student General Artist
He likes red rubber balls, apparently
osmagination Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
Quem é que arremessa um frisbee para um cão desses? Que tamanho tem esse frisbee?! Onde vende ração feita de almas penadas? E quanto custa o quilo? E se ele quiser dormir na cama com os donos?
Reaper1998 Featured By Owner May 26, 2016
Best guard dog ever!
osmagination Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016
O grande problema é o tipo de ração que ele costuma comer.
EarthyTheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Pretty badass!
MauricioThePoet Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2015
Clap Clap DeviantArt 
Lugadionell Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2015
Melhor representação do cão infernal que eu já vi, belo trabalho.
IlyaRysenkov Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Awesome dog!
pardos66 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Mighty Cerberus. Guardian Gatekeeper of the Underworld. _/\_
JLoneWolf Featured By Owner May 28, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man I was just watching this show called big giant swords, and the band commissioned this dude to make a big sword for them and they flashed this art as their album cover to use for isnpiration..and I was like that looks like Genzoman art, and here it is lol.
artekoublier Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Such an awesome picture ^_^
Urn-zak Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015
Man, Cerberus looks like he got ran over by the badass train...and the driver keeps hitting him!
Nall608 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Cerberus looks bad ass.
Krysnha Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015
All hail the guardian of the abyss
That-Last-Guardian Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student General Artist
Lockaut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
aunque me gustaria mas sin la armadura pero aun asi amazing!!
Legion3849 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Love the double set of jaws.
PsicoDelice Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Student General Artist
This picture inspirated me a lot of creatures. I must say "Thank you"!!! 
Krysnha Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
SerpentSabatour97 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who wants to pet my dog.
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
inukun7 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Great piece loved it !!
Kn1ghtGr3y Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
very cool
ryde1031 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Amazing as always!!!
Runamanty Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Student General Artist
una imagen muy poderosa
lobogalleta Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
wow impresionante, hermoso diseño, detalle y colores me encanta!!!!
TwilightKarnor Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
Dante: Comn on, puppy, come on.
DeLissio9 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013
sooooooooo damn coooooooool!!!!!!!!
SuperStormtrooper501 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome brooooo, freaking love it!!
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!
Zyndarius Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Amazing picture of cerberus congrats.
Devil-Rager88 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
Amazing...Just Too Bloody Amazing
GruntX71 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013



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

This is the one of the Greatest Arts I ever seen. You Practice drawing a lot huh?
DVDDDRG Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
Really awesome pic! Check this, by the way ;)

DeviantK14 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aaaahhh, lovely work! Cerberus has never looked more vicious or terrifying.
ShesNeverComingBack Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
I so fucking Want this pet!!!
HisWeskerness Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Heh "Man's best friend" just turned into "Man's worst enemy"
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
Jokerz-1824 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013
He still won the fight, though
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