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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
Artemis
Ares
Aphrodite
Athena
Zeus

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.
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batcii Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hahah thanks!! :heart:
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nekochan1998 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
awww and i love his crazy grin.... 
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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!
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batcii Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Filmographer
I would enjoy that power.
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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.
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batcii Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2011  Student Filmographer
Haha, thanks! :)
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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:
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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:
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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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batcii Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Filmographer
He'll act indifferent to throw you off the scent, but really, really, he's Dionysus.
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Quatschmachen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
Whaaaaaoooh my head canon is totally like.. amazed at this.
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NameNotSpecified Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Love the purple skinnies.
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Everyone loves the purple skinnies. ;)
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Midnight4200 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student General Artist
lovelovelovelovelove. and... is that a glowstick headband i see?
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yes, it is. :)

Thanks :heart:
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propaganza Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student
I love this and you.
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
:tighthug:
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gammaSuite Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student
Why hello Darren, you seem to have painted your hair.
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
Go die.
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gammaSuite Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student
I thought that was your job.
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leopard16 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Also that was a terribly constructed third sentence. Sorry.
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leopard16 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Jelly bean lights! The anatomy is actually pretty damn good. You're probably not bad but for the little true practice you've had it's impressive.

I'm proud of you, even if your talent makes me want to neck myself. le sigh.
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Student Filmographer
NEED. MALE. LIFE DRAWING MODEL.

Tanku Smee.
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leopard16 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011
HAVE I MENTIONED THIS IS BLONDE LANKY DARREN

yeah
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batcii Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Student Filmographer
People need to stop saying that. I gave Liv a very thorough run through of what is an isn't Darren in English the other day.
I drew a man with curly hair, then I drew Darren. There are differences.

What was more unsettling was that fact that I could draw a picture of Darren that resembled Darren.. without reference.
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leopard16 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011
This is Darren. Or Jim (I saw your post to infraredphaeton)

You're going to marry someone with really curly hair and I'm going to taunt you from afar. Yes.

There are no differences. That jaw ahogipoagsiejt4qowh;oie.
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batcii Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
Jim I'll agree with.

They're going to be dark haired and it'll probably be curly and they'll undoubtedly be wearing a scarf when I meet them and everyone will snicker and I DON'T HAVE A TYPE WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT.
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leopard16 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011
have you read the update?
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batcii Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Filmographer
Yeeeeesss. I enjoyed it.
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