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Child abandonment by dan-duncan Child abandonment by dan-duncan
In Greek mythology, the Minotaur was a creature with the head of a bull on the body of a man or, as described by Ovid, "part man and part bull." It dwelt at the center of the Cretan Labyrinth, which was an elaborate maze-like construction built for King Minos of Crete and designed by the architect Daedalus and his son Icarus who were ordered to build it to hold the Minotaur. The historical site of Knossos, with over 1300 maze like compartments is identified as the site of the labyrinth. The Minotaur was eventually killed by Theseus, the son of Aegeas.
-wikipedia!!


believe it or not I actually started this a week before the history channel started doing clash of the gods. I wanted to put together an illustration portfolio of ancient mythology and gods and whatnot. Kind of a cliche concept, but still fun
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Beautiful textures and an atypical character design makes Child abandonment by ~dan-duncan a really captivating illustration. ( Suggested by awaicu and Featured by Mollinda )
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Mastuyama Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Oooooh ! So sad !! :'(
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Odilicious Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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BlueMismar Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:wow: someone made him white and not brown.  i'll admit i've wondered what sort of childhood he had, nice to see i'm not alone.
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Mathu-salem53 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013

Can I publish your painting on my blog?. I find it splendid. I will add a link to your page, of course.

My blog: minotaure.centerblog.net/ 

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manfishinc Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Professional General Artist
You have been featured:
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HAT3ME Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awe Poor Minotaur! Also love the skin textures. What mediums did you use in creating this? What was your first layer/medium? Excuse the bombardment of questions..
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JRWenzel Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It’s nice to see that I’m not alone in my feelings that Asterius was more a victim than a monster.

It’s a terrific piece!
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chordata1 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
mediums?
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daremetoidareyou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just stumbled upon this while investigating the Kubert school. There is a lot of emotional resonance in this piece of art and felt a need to tell the creator that I appreciate it.
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daremetoidareyou Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i just stumbled upon this while investigating the Kubert school. There is a lot of emotional resonance in this piece of art and felt a need to tell the creator that I appreciate it.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Its amazing.

Looks great.
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Szpitalniak Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
To jest kurwa mega zajebiste. Jesteś mistrzem !
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MonaParvin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Beautiful :heart:
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WorryStoneKey Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Writer
I've always felt sorry for him<3
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Morbido13 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
Fantastic !
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A-D-McGowan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
brilliant work
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orpheus-samhain Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011
Oh, that's haunting...
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AlphaKantSpell Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011   Writer
I absolutely love this picture, the emotion layout and colors. I just wanted to say thanks because this picture inspired my term essay for my Child Development class on an analogy between Minotaur's story and the plight of children abandoned because of dissibilites.

Much love and thanks~
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yamicool Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Awww i did always feel sorry for the minataur being abandoned. I love the detail its gorgous.
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Ninheve Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2011
I see a shade of sadness and despair in its eyes! I love this concept and I almost feel sorry for the poor dude :)
moreover your choices of colors for the background really brings out the maze coldness
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HoudaShams Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really amazing work!! I adore the shades and the colors!! really amazing work!
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aaronaron Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Student General Artist
i absolutely love this picture. i dont know i its wrong to say this or not, but i think the minotaur looks really cute in this(the head)
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AnaKarniolska Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how you took on the concept is just brilliant!
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kingfury76 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
nice take on the minotaur.
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Melanie-J-Howle Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Brilliant work :star: :star: :star: :star: :star:
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Axeletta Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Finally! A different depiction of the Minotaur, as I often think of him. :P It really is sort of a sad story, though...
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pink-porcupine Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Poor little guy. :(
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BG75 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Was the Minatour that intimidating towards King Minos that he just had to treat him like an "it" ?
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Pumpkin-Queen-Ildi Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like how the title gives a different idea to the concept of the minotaur as being an abandoned child instead of the monster it is usually depicted as. I read a version where it did sympathize more with the creature but the illustrations were childish and not very fitting. This on the otherhand really captured that emotion. I love it!!
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Minzile Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   General Artist
always loved it! well deserved!
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sillyliz Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
This concept is actually kind of heartbreaking... I feel sorry for the poor creature. Thank you for a wonderful piece that evokes so much emotion!
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JAWolf Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Truely deserving of the accolaide(well of any accolaide given)... Congratulations.
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0okami-Rei Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There seems to be so much symbolism in the picture. I was a tad disappointed not to see much elaboration on the composition of the piece...but nevertheless, it's well done.
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maximgolovko Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
very very very
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IISteliosII Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Love it, reminds me a Borge's story (Asterion's House). Great Job!
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Aylen-O-Y Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
BELLO BELLO!...Y TRISTE...
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numbskulled00 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
now that is just freaky. i love it and the colors are what really bring it out. great work
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Perpetualpeace Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
After story its more interesting...
Story conveyed very well... :lolly:
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RaRn-BaRn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
The detail and emotion of his is so wonderful. I love Greek myths and I've read both non-fiction and fictional adaptations of the Minotaur myth. This definitely captures his vulnerability as a child, the side not really shown in the myths generically. Great work!
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ArcaneLollipop Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
Hmmm this proves that there are currents of ideas, because I drew a child Minotaur (not nearly this detailed and beautiful) a couple weeks ago on a whim.
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honeyroastedfrost Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Aw, man. This is beautiful and IMO much more likely to reflect how a real minotaur would be. At least when no one's around.
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shabuegah Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011   Digital Artist
i love the concept!
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SaraSABBATH Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunning :O
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ataud Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Professional General Artist
Beautiful and amazing... APLAUSOS!!! from México....
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gagi13 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Love this! materials/dimensions?
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NekoNekoIcecream Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011
lol he gonna poop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Lavida20 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Student Writer
*stumbles into middle of labyrinth* omg! hi minotaur! *offers apple*
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NubaChan Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
O MY GOSH!! WhAT THE HELL!! cool picture!
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ChimeraDitto Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
All I can think

"Holy sh- Scary"


"Interesting when looked closely"


I love this drawing
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