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Mythology Project: Dionysus by batcii Mythology Project: Dionysus by batcii
Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine, Drunkenness, Festivals and Madness.
The serpent and the bull were sacred to him.
He was often depicted as a young, fair youth with a crown of ivy on his head and a wine cup.

For a school project I am redesigning eight of the Greek Gods from mythology in a contemporary fashion, using digital painting as my medium to continue on this vein.

When depicting Dionysus I wanted to make him seem as vibrant as possible, thus I used bright colours and gave the illusions of lanterns in the background to represent his connection with celebration and festivals.
Like with Artemis instead of depicting Dionysus with his sacred animals, the serpent and bull (in the latter's case he was often depicted as the bull rather than beside it) I gave him ornaments that represented them. Thus the arm band and medallion.
For his ivy wreath I gave him a glow stick, a modern day adornment associated with flamboyant festivities. I also intended it took look ironically similar to a halo, as he is both a god and his activities are something worshipped by youth culture these days. Which is of course, questionable.
Instead of the drinking cup of wine, I gave him some fruity looking alcoholic bottle, similar to the drinks associated with drunkenness and parties in modern day, as wine is now considered a far more sophisticated beverage.

I had quite a lot of fun with this, even if male anatomy makes me want to neck myself. le sigh.

Other Gods Done

About five hours in PaintTool SAI.

Art and character design (c) me

Texture can be found here: [link]
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nekochan1998 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
omg so so so so so so so so soooooooooo coooollll!!!! totally what he looks like! its soo good! as you can probably tell,  ILOVE IT SO SO SO SO MUCH! u is a genius.
batcii Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hahah thanks!! :heart:
nekochan1998 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
awww and i love his crazy grin.... 
DarkEmber41 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
one of dionysus's greatest powers is drinking all the alcohol he wants and not waking up with a hangover!
batcii Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I would enjoy that power.
Ciel-Reine Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011
I'm just totally mesmerized by his hip bones. They're so perfect.

And, of course, the purple skinnies.
batcii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
Haha, thanks! :)
Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I love this - except the fact this totally makes me think of my IRL friend who lives a rather Dionysitic life style!!! Maybe he's a reincarnation? O:
batcii Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
I like the idea that greek gods have reincarnations among us, so let's go with that!

Thank you! :heart:
Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
That would be awesome. I think he would probably laugh it off being a reincarnation of any deity. :)

And then go play ball hockey whilst smoking a joint. xD
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