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Calliope by theperian Calliope by theperian
Like a parent, I would feel guilty and traitorous if I were to pick a favourite. But this one came out exactly as I had it planned, and scanned cleanly - border and all. So I'm happy!

She is Calliope, Muse of Epics. Or, as I called her in my head during painting, 'The MUSE OF POMPEII!' (Inside joke, long story, though those are the streets of the ancient earthquake-and-volcano beleaguered city in the background). And I haven't forgotten her tablet. It's shattered on the paving stones. The word 'Epics' put me in a rather melodramatic mood.

I hope you enjoy it!

Many thanks to :iconfaestock: for the gorgeous reference image which I would have found an excuse to use, even if I didn't already have this picture in mind; and to :iconcleo-101-stock: for the perfect snapshot of my favourite uninhabited city of Roman antiquity to work from.

2013, mixed media (Schmincke watercolour, Pentel technica black and white gel inks, Prismacolor coloured pencils) on watercolour paper.

More Muses:

Thalia by theperian Terpsichore by theperian Polyhymnia by theperian Urania by theperian Melpomene by theperian

EDIT: 5/17/2013 BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT, EVER! Thank you soooo much for the Daily Deviation! I am thrilled and honoured! Massive group hugs. :hug:

Limited-edition, archival-quality prints of this painting are available on Etsy.
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Calliope by *theperian ( Suggested by wondering-souls and Featured by deshrubber )
Adam-Walker Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Student Writer
sundersart23 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice done, i like the white highlight on the face,as the figure turns toward the viewer, great detail on the dress , it keeps all its complexity despite being in shadow.
sakpalamey Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beauty is in detail. Good work!
bimbo90 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
finally my birth name starts getting famous...:D
a wonderful drawing...all of them...!!!
Devilfire-Dragon Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
(( OCC/Admin: I love the drawing of the background and its woven texture. It looks like a creepy yet very exciting place to explore. :D )) 
LillyLoLigresse Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its absolutely beautiful… :D Something you could look at for a long time yet keep finding new things to love about it. Well deserved DD!! Congrats! :D
JDLuvaSQEE Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
TurquoiseSubmarine Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This must be my favorite from your current gallery too! Such atmosphere and color! la in love 
Opalescent-Dragonfly Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Love the colors, the lighting, and the Celtic knotwork on the border! Beautiful!  Pixel Rose
theperian Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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