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Minotaur's Dream by Guardian-Beast Minotaur's Dream by Guardian-Beast
For the Mythological creatures contest, I was inspired tell a story with this design. I've always found the Minotaur, the illegitimate cursed son sent to punish King Minos, to be a tragic figure. He is the horrific hybrid of human and beast, cursed to an existence where he must prey upon people to survive. However, he is not a simple heartless monster. In Greek black-figure and red-figure pottery depicting the Minotaur's death, the Minotaur is shown to have a bird escaping from his chest, which is a common representation of the human soul in Greek art. I began to wonder, what does this pitiable malformed boy do while he is trapped in the dark, cramped labyrinth. Perhaps he dreams of flying free, like Pegasus. I chose to illustrate this desire for freedom from his fate as a simple tool of punishment for King Minos.

I restricted my color pallet to only 5 colors, as was required by the Mythological Creatures contest, and was inspired to use colors found in Greek Red-Figure pottery, an artistic style which was popular between 530 BCE to 3 BCE. I decided to give the Minotaur blue eyes to make him appear more innocent; I also chose blue as an accent color, as it is complementary to the orange-tinged browns that dominate the design.

I wish to thank everyone who has taken the time to view this piece. I am eternally grateful to the DeviantArt community, especially to all my watchers! I have gone through some very difficult and demoralizing events, but the positive comments, excellent critiques, well wishes, and support I've received have helped to give me some confidence in my craft and motivated me to better myself as an artist. The DeviantArt community has given me hope for the future, a gift that I will treasure for a lifetime.


While working on this piece, I did quite a bit of research into the Minotaur's myth. I just want to share some of the The name Minotaur is a shortening of the ancient Greek term Minotauros, which comes from combining Minos, the king whose hubris was being punished with the birth of the Minotaur, and Tauros, the ancient Greek spelling for the bull constellation we call Taurus. Our Pronunciations for ancient Greek words is often taken from Roman interpretations, which often differ from the original Greek language.
The Minotaur's true name is Asterion, (the starry one) and suggests that he was associated with the constellation Tauros. He is the son of King Minos' Wife and the beautiful white Cretan Bull, who also appears in myths relating to Hercules and Theseus.
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JonathanSkits Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Maybe he just wanted to be free
ljerkahs Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2013
I love this, a real piece of art! This t-shirt will be a perfect gift for my son's birthday (Taurus in Zodiac).
Thank you for all the pleasure. :-)
Jerepasaurus Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this is silly to even mention, but I'd like to thank you for entering the contest and submitting this beautiful creature and adding the description that you did. I don't normally take part in any of DA's contests, or even vote in them, but this time I had, and this big fella won mine. Not only that, but as a member of DA for the last 6 years, here every day as my "home site" on the internet, I'd been waiting for years to purchase some piece of memorabilia for all the good times I've had here. Needless to say, I flipped out when I found they were closing up dev-wear. I panicked and got my funds together, buying the only size left that they offered. Turned out...I got to buy the very last one in stock. Ever.

So, thank you again. I feel privileged to have been able to get this wonderful piece to enjoy. ♥
K0uya Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ohhh dooker....I wish I knew about this shirt before :iconmiseryplz:
Guardian-Beast Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm super bummed that the dA has had to shut down their gear store. I've made a high detail version available as a print here: [link]
Oilux Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Student Writer
Amazing, I wish I knew about it before it went out of stock. I would have definitely bought one!
SueSturges Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Out of stock? Rats.....I just got on board. This T is super cool. Would have bought! Would have really been interested in a boys size 12. Let me know if you find a size that's near a size boy, 12.
Guardian-Beast Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've made a detailed painting version of this design available as a print here: [link]

I wish that dA could have had the chance to do more than one printing of my design >.< Oh, well.

I'm super glad to hear you liked it!
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Almalphia Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013
Now that these are no longer available, will you try cafe press or redbubble? Will you open this design up for prints? I really would have loved to have gotten this on a shirt but missed out :(
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