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PERSEPHONE RETURNS by ekud PERSEPHONE RETURNS by ekud
Illustration: Mike Harrison
Illustration: Justin Maller

Created for Depthcore XL - MYTHIC.

In Greek mythology, Autumn begins as Persephone returns to the Underworld to live with Hades, her husband. The myth says that Demeter's daughter, Kore, had taken a day to pick flowers in a meadow when the Earth opened up, and Hades pulled the girl into the Underworld to become his bride. Kore's name became Persephone when she married Hades. For nine straight days, Demeter searched for Kore, with no success. In misery and despiration, Demeter questioned Helios, the Sun God, who informed her that her brother, Zeus, had given the girl to Hades.

Furious, Demeter left Olympus to roam the Earth disguised as an old woman, ending up settled in her temple at Eleusis. Soon after, she cursed the Earth so it would yield no crops. Zues sent her a frantic message inquiring as to why she had prevented growth on the planet. She replied that there would be no regeneration of vegetation on the Earth until her daughter, Kore, was safely returned.

Zeus immediately dispatched Hermes into the Underworld to retrieve the girl. Hades, not wanting to relinquish his bride permanently, convinced Persephone to eat some pomegranate seeds before she returned to her mother, Demeter. Demeter was yet again distraught when she learned of this trickery! Finally, Zeus declared that Kore-Persephone would live with her mother during one half of the year and return to her husband, Hades, during the other half. In thanks, Demeter lifted the curse on the Earth, creating Spring. Every year hence, during her time of greatest sorrow, Demeter renews the curse, as her daughter returns to Hades and the Underworld...
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NehaKp Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I have this as my wallpaper and my screensaver in desktop :). I also want a tattoo like that. Thankyou :))
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meocco Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it!
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Lucifers-Garden Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
Stunning o_o.
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dreamsweat Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
So striking... immaculately done!
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ramdom Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
~ excellent colors/ excellent/
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Weeblez Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
My 2 favorite things: greek mythology and art : D (thank you)
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medo1o0o09 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
wonderful
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AliYaqooob Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Brilliant work!
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CaptPunk Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
Thats excellent.
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zabuka-art Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dowload version is a crazy bitch
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theory6-brian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Cool stuff!
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digimagicnb Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Amazing...Beautiful!!!!
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gee4411 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Really inspiring Justin and Mike :) Love it, good to see you do something a little different whilst incorporate the elements that we know and love from your previous works :) Nice stuff.. good concept to the myth as well, well illustrated :)
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Aelfwen Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Lovely. It makes me dizzy – in a good way, haha – when I look at it. Immediately :+fav:'d.
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Calabur Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Amazing!
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Vryce1 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Nice!! Great use of the colors. Gives it a warm tone to the effect:)
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Omega131 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, beautiful! I love greek mythology! :love:
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HazukiGirl Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful, the title and the colours caught my eye :star: Lovely use of mythology, brilliant :D
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DarkFlame-SN Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist
MAN I SO FUCKING LOVE IT !
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pgizzle618 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
warm colors man, you guys killed it.
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shapesgonewild Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
i loooove it :heart:
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ShatteredSwords Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love it, very reflective of the story :) :heart:
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wilminetto Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
perfect colours and textures.... amazing!
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Husam-Elfaki Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice mix of style. Good stuff =)
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Neijman Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
So beautiful! Love how the bg flows with the model, crasy colors aswell :P Gj!
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KarimFakhoury Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome work
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theEinME Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Student Photographer
amazing the ammount of details is really neat!
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willpower Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
instant wallpaper
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Hydrorg Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome composition =D
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gokuwrc Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
This is so awesome! The colors just work together so well and have this really warm/close feeling. I also love the kinda chinese calligraphy feel it has to it as well. You've definitely created something really amazing!
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