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In Greek and Roman mythology, Apollo, is one of the most important and many-sided of the Olympian deities. The ideal of the kouros (a beardless youth), Apollo has been variously recognized as a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts; and more. Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, the chaste huntress Artemis. Apollo is known in Greek-influenced Etruscan mythology as Apulu. In Roman mythology he is known as Apollo.

As the patron of Delphi (Pythian Apollo), Apollo was an oracular god the prophetic deity of the Delphic Oracle. Medicine and healing were associated with Apollo, whether through the god himself or mediated through his son Asclepius. Apollo was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague as well as one who had the ability to cure. Amongst the god's custodial charges, Apollo became associated with dominion over colonists, and as the patron defender of herds and flocks. As the leader of the Muses (Apollon Musagetes) and director of their choir, Apollo functioned as the patron god of music and poetry. Hermes created the lyre for him, and the instrument became a common attribute of Apollo. Hymns sung to Apollo were called paeans.

In Hellenistic times, especially during the third century BCE, as Apollo Helios he became identified among Greeks with Helios, god of the sun, and his sister Artemis similarly equated with Selene, goddess of the moon. In Latin texts, however, Joseph Fontenrose declared himself unable to find any conflation of Apollo with Sol among the Augustan poets of the first century, not even in the conjurations of Aeneas and Latinus in Aeneid XII (161-215). Apollo and Helios/Sol remained separate beings in literary and mythological texts until the third century CE. - Wikipedia

I'm doing the Twelve Olypians series, as a part of my Greek Mythology cycle/circle.

- My other works

Credits too:
:iconresurgere: - Background, Link
:iconfelixdeon: - Apollo, Link
:iconwelder-stock: - Column, Link
:iconprhino-stock: - Harp, Link
:iconstock4profs: - Bow, Link
:iconpeace-of-art: - Arrow, Link

Photoshop CS3
Fluid Mask 3

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JohannaMasonFashions Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is the gayest god I've ever seen....... and if you're going to make someone an archer, at least have them in the PROPER POSTURE!!!!!!!
rotten-carcass Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment. At the time I did this their wasn't much good male models to work with and I admit that I didn't have good computer skills either. I agree agree with you, I hate it as much as anyone else would.
hebe-goddess Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmm, i would think that he would blonde hair but this makes me giggle a little because his dress is too short hehe :giggle: but i just LOVE all of your photos, i'm WAY into mythology :D
KanaeValentine Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010
Um... I hate to tell you this, but there are a lot of errors in this drawing...

First off, I actually do archery, and he's holding the arrow wrong... The elbow would be straight out, not pointed down. If he shot it like that, he'd end up hurting himself. The hand should be right beside his ear.
His pointer finger should be perfectly in line with his eye because you use that finger as a "sight" of sorts.

Secondly, the bow itself-the wood part- would bend. That's where the tension comes from. It's the tension of the string pulling back on the wood that allows the arrow to fly. The way that you have it, the string is too long for the bow and if you tried to shoot the arrow, it would fall right on the top of his feet because there is no tension to make it fly.

Also, on Apollo, he was known to be a patron of athletics, also an athlete himself, so he was always portrayed as youthful, and muscular, and I'm sure, being the sun god, he'd have a pretty decent tan.

I know that you took different elements and put them together to create your picture, but you really should be more careful about what elements you choose. This is a really cool idea, but I just can't seem to look past the flaws, none of your own making except that you chose inaccurate elements to put in it.

rotten-carcass Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Kanae, for your comment on this two year old Photo - manipulation. I'm very sorry about the errors, although this isn't actually as drawing.

I do agree that I don't like this manipulation myself but take it to consideration that it was created using various photographic elements available to me from this website. My main concern at the time of creating it was learning to use photoshop and to gain more experience. All these images are DeviantArt's stock, I merely combined the ones I could find that worked for my purposes at the time.

I'm sorry the model in the picture I found wasn't tanned or muscular enough for you. And the bow was added to the model from separate images, it doesn't look perfect, as I said, I was learning to use photoshop and the stock I could use at the time.
KanaeValentine Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
I know it's not a drawing. I'm sorry I said the wrong word. Sometimes, I just can't think of the right word to use.

Well, like I said, there are errors, but I really do think it's a really cool idea. (Have you redone the concept now that you've been doing photo manipulation for a while?)

I said what I did about the model simply based from mythology because I do a lot of research on it. That's all.

And I have looked at your more recent manipulations and they are incredible. ^_^

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