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Could not get the idea of a South American medusa covered in boa constrictors out of my head, and so there you have it. Sketched her during a meeting at work and have been slowly finishing it over the past few nights. I really like this as a jumping off point for something- I feel like I could push it even further in terms of design if I wanted to resolve it in a narrative. Or something.

Some little boa head detail shots: [link]

...I'd list all of the different morphs on this thing, but I can't remember half of them.
-C
(blue pencil & Photoshop CS3)
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:iconpelzknaeul91:
Pelzknaeul91 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Soooo much raw beauty..... (could drown in this pic for hours....!)


Thanks for your great work!
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:iconanimudio:
Animudio Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Woaaaaaaaaaaah
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:iconashbet:
ashbet Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013
She is *breathtaking* (and, as a constrictor, that's both literal and figurative!)

Love your work as always! <3
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:icondraweverywhere:
draweverywhere Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Amazing medusa!
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:iconrustyjoints:
RustyJoints Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really amazing.
From the idea to design and rendering.
Beautiful work.
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:iconmaszkara:
maszkara Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
I'm in love with this picture :) It's just amazing :)
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:iconsecondhandben:
secondhandben Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012
Brilliant! :)
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:iconbeefyrae:
beefyrae Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy SHIT she's cool... and HOT... Oh god. <:f
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:iconmarshwiggle777:
Marshwiggle777 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovvvvvvvvvvve the snakes
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:icongargoylegardens:
GargoyleGardens Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011
i love that you included a bunch of different boa morphs in this! love it!
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:iconestonius:
Estonius Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
Wicked cool.
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:icon4ten:
4ten Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
dope.
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:iconsinjaaussiaangels:
SinjaAussiaAngels Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Boas for hair? :)
Medusa gone Tangled?
I love the warm colors and seeing the different patterns of snakes.
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:iconbechart:
BechArt Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It shows what a fantastic idea can do :) Nice work
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:iconlmih:
Lmih Featured By Owner May 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love how the snakes blend in the her head, and her face -
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:iconblu3vibration:
Blu3vibration Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Something to finally combine my bizarre childhood fascinations with both gorgons and Vucub Caquis... sort of.
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:iconroxy05:
roxy05 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
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:icondiamondwhitewolf:
diamondwhitewolf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011
this is wonderful! you did an amazing job at integrating the different snakes into the image, as well as capturing the weight of the snakes as well. Often times when I see snakes/naga's/etc they seem to be almost floating and it tends to make them look hollow or feel... limp.. <.< best word I can think of to describe at the moment.
Here the snakes clearly have the different angles and shading for the way their muscles can bunch and the way they pull themselves along a certain surface.
The snake pulling over her arm is done especially well in my opinion as well :D
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:iconshoomlah:
shoomlah Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! There's nothing quite so cool as how a snake moves, so I'm glad you think I've captured it wel.
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:icontheankylosaurus:
TheAnkylosaurus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
Looks like something out of a Neil Gaiman book ... I'm totally in love. Oh my snake goddess.
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:iconmaltina:
Maltina Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Oh I like this. Very interesting! :lol:
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:iconmaltina:
Maltina Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2011
Oh, I like this. Very original! :lol:
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:iconm00ngazzer:
M00nGazzer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Holy Sheep! I'm in love with a snake goddess... My god, my god, my god!
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:iconfraeuleinpink:
FraeuleinPink Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, that idea is great and it turned out sooo amazing!
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:iconbluebird-orangesky:
BlueBird-OrangeSky Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
a sort of medusa? it looks gorgeous!
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:icondrgnelf:
drgnelf Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful design. I like all the browns used, she seems more tied to the earth this way.
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:iconfusionist:
fusionist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
...refaving, I thought this beauty was already in my favorites folder.
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:iconacuzio1:
Acuzio1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010
oooooooo F*kin sick!!! I would love to write a story with this character. Very intriging and sensual.

Check out my work at: [link]
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:iconfouryong:
fouryong Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
After all the renditions of Medusa, this is an interesting and refreshing look at a familiar image concept. Lovely!
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:iconrobthesentinel:
robthesentinel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is genius.
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:iconpirlic3:
PirLic3 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2010
SO AMAZING. :clap:
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:iconfragile-junk:
Fragile-Junk Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
That hair would be amazing as dreadfalls!
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:iconsolfei:
Solfei Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Student General Artist
kwel
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:iconjackiemaier:
JackieMaier Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Very sweet. :)

I think there is actually a Mayan goddess with snakes for hair. Ixchel, goddess of the moon. You can read a little about her at this [link]
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:icondillo:
dillo Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I love your use of all the different color morphs, and the personality of the snake looking at her. Bravo!
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:iconjangojips:
Jangojips Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2010   General Artist
Awesome idea. Beautiful artwork!
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Gorgeous! Makes me miss my old boa. ;_;
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:iconricksd:
ricksd Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow this image is just so great... correction your whole gallery is marvelous!!! I wanna be like you when I grow =D
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:iconseekeroftheholyspork:
this is a very interesting pic but amazing
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:iconasa-bryndis:
asa-bryndis Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aztec mythology based = awesomeness eternal.
Pretty sweet character design!
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:iconrubyoftrinity:
RubyOfTrinity Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Eat your heart out, Tia Dalma.

Highly creative.
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:iconmike-nash:
mike-nash Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great design. It's actually more authentic than most depictions of Medusa, did you know that?

I haven't read all the comments, so maybe someone has already mentioned this but...

The Greek myth was actually based on an earlier myth from Libya in Africa. It featured a serpent priestess who wore snakes in her hair and would show you your future if you looked into her eyes. The Libyan version wasn't monstrous, just powerful and wise and was in fact worshipped as a goddess. The ancient Greeks were quite sexist and didn't like to hear of a woman being so powerful, so they demonised the story and created their own myth and gave her a name, Medusa.

If you already knew all that, i'm sorry!

You've captured the structure of the snakes really well and I like the way they are all different colours and patterns.

I love gorgons and medusa, I have one in my gallery too :)
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:iconshoomlah:
shoomlah Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, thanks for the background!
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:iconez4me:
ez4me Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
brilliant piece. from the composition to the colors i love it
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:iconsarahfinnigan:
sarahfinnigan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Hobbyist
Oh my god...this is fantastic! Beautiful job on making their postures etc natural and boa-like as opposed to just snake like, particularily on the bottom two.
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:iconmikhal-strange:
Mikhal-Strange Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
wow- she's so real looking I can almost imagine her moving and speaking! I can only wish that I can someday come with in a fraction of that skill! :wow:
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:icontooalive:
TooAlive Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2009
A mix of my two favorite mythologies!
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:iconsosaurora:
Sosaurora Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2009
Lovely result, I love how serene she looks with the massive serpents around her. Not good with words, but I definitely like this! Instafav :)
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:iconcorrsollarobot:
CorrsollaRobot Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I love this idea so so so much!
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:iconchazkemp:
ChazKemp Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Ooo - this is very very nice. :)
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