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Psyche by Aka-Shiro Psyche by Aka-Shiro
From the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Psyche is described to be so beautiful that she was compared to even Venus, the Goddess of Love and symbol of beauty. Although born human, Psyche is seen with butterfly wings within some old paintings.

Preview of my submission for the first illustration anthology organized by :iconour-artbook: (Thank you for inviting me into the project~)
I'll let you guys know when the pre-order for the book is available!! v(´∀`v)☆


Still trying to improve painting techniques and experiment with different color palettes. This was a lot of fun! I love long hair~~
Top right is a lamp I referenced and redesigned from Amore e Psiche (1707–09), by Giuseppe Crespi.



Illustration © *Aka-Shiro

Please do not repost my drawings without credit, and please never trace, distribute, modify, or use without permission. Thank you very much!
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setsurara Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Will you ever post the full version of this? so beautiful ; v ;
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I probably should haha;; The project.. seems to have disappeared..;;;
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setsurara Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
oooh hooray i'd really like to see it!! and also, that's really strange...i wonder, did they disappear before people bought?
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artlistair Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My friend has this print! I saw it in her room in college haha! So you're the artist that drew it! amazing piece :la:
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kurenaisama Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
Is the arm around the other at the bottom right supposed to be Cupid's? Anyway, beautiful work! And I love Cupid and Psyche, I've always thought their story was one of those classic tragic romances haha.
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yes, and thank you!! I really love their tale as well~ ;v;
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:iconkurenaisama:
kurenaisama Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Please draw Cupid as well! That would be so beautifully tragic ;____;
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flareup03 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. :iconcryingrainbowsplz:
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Createjewels Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous!
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fangelsi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO PRETTYYYYYYYY
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Annetjeehh Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist
Wow, i love her face and hair!:heart: She is so beautifull!:aww:
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LuitenantYunaTeMe Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do you get the edges to curve o3o your art is so smexy btw
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simplyl0ve Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is my favorite myth of all the myths of antiquity! :) really glad you decided to do a take on it, it looks really amazing!
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JA-chan23 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OMG I CAN SEE WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE THAT IS AMAZING HOW YOU DID THIS plz tell me your ways master
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Cadycassy Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing
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eonhite Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I generally don't favorite things, but I every time I cleared my deviantWatch list, I kept skipping this one. Eventually I just gave up and ended up favoriting it. Amazing job.
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you~
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xBlazingStar94x Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student Filmographer
This is awesome :D
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YamaStar Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
this is super awesome~
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cddmanful Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You really did capture heartstopping beauty in Psyche's face! I love how her hair becomes lighter as it goes down....
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Kaczygrod Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
So much work put into creating a small illustration. Love the details, hair and her lips. Looks great!
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redcode77 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
nice paint....
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Geobukseon Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Writer
Know any novels or stories where this myth is prevalent?
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Auffallend Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D and I got to see you do most of this! While talking about panties!!
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boxno Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omgggg it's beautifullllll!!! I love the details so much especially the hair colorsssss wahhhhh~ I love how you portrayed Psyche!
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you!
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mimisosa Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
This is amazing the story of cupid and psyche is one of my favorite Greek myths <3
any idea which version will be in the anthology? there are a couple different ones
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Icekiri Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Filmographer
so peacefull, love it^^
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x-Lunatick-x Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing ! so poetic , great job ♥
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Fandalia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love her sad but serene expression.
Very lovely piece.
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minzcrazyhh Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
amazing................ i love it <3 <3
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kyo4kusanagi Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng sho cute
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KokoTensho Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The preview is stunning :icongrosssobplz: Ill see if i can save up cuz i would love to buy the art book ;u; //strokes screen
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
:hug:
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heathfiedler Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
She very lovely n.n . Honestly I can't pick just one thing about this I like the most n.n
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Red-Vanguard Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Ok this is driving me crazy. Do you have a full version of this where everything is in order? Great job by the way.
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Aka-Shiro Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You'll be able to find it in the art book when it's released haha~
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Juuuleee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow really good!
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RainingSeasons Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
omg I really want to see the whole thing it's so beautiful *a*
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kura-ou Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
////

if I didn't know that you digitally-painted this, I'd think that you painted with oils or something.

This piece looks very beautiful, Kai >w<
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XMegantronX Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaaaaaah! great minds think alike! i'm actually doing a manga adaption of this story ^^
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luisarellano Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is really beautiul, the expression is so pretty
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deadeyemcduck Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous!
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prinzlir Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're simply the best.
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alicenpai Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous! You're getting so good with values and painting! ^q^
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rolling-cat Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! I love it! //hugs
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Rochioo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
wow it looks amazing!!!!!its a great myth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:iconcggejehey::iconcggejehey:
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