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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.


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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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Binaryrobot Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Love this art work you did a cool job and I like that you did not make the minotaur a monster
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Crosziera Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
2015
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JonathanSkits Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe he just wanted to be free
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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. :-)
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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. ♥
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K0uya Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
ohhh dooker....I wish I knew about this shirt before :iconmiseryplz:
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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]
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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!
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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.
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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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seven11ART Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:star: Need Points? :star:

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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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Guardian-Beast Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is an excellent idea. I'll contact one of the admins to ask if I can have access to the rights for printing the t-shirt through some other means.
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SueSturges Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Are you asking about ones that a person can iron on themselves? A print would be great, too!
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Axlazu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So glad I got this before it all went out of stock.
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Kapaya Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Wow, just saw this but it seems out of stock for men, any chance of a restock or another place I can order one of these, seeing as your closing down? :(
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ToAtoneArt Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Writer
He's not closing down, all of dA gear is. Which means no restocking. :( My brother wants one, too.
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muffinsugar Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
I WANT Size Chart!!!!!!!
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DiversityDanceQueen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Come check out my HUGE giveaway!!!!!!! 5 winners and awesome prizes:D
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Dorinootje Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This design is friggin awesome!
Ordered mine about 2 weeks ago.. can't wait 'till it's delivered!! 8D
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shamanunderyahoshua Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is really cool!
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ZeacorZeppelin Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Student General Artist
awesome.
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DJScoots10 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
i wish i wasn't broke i so buy this
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DJScoots10 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
awesome.
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344485453227283 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
cornball like every other piece of clothing they have. no wonder they're giving 45% off - only rubes will buy this cheesy crap. i can't imagine wearing any of it
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toomuchmusic Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is such a cool design~ i just ordered mine 8D
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Trisste-stocks Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Finally t-shirt design that I genuinely like. And I love t-shirts with frond and back design. Both, front and back are awesome. And it's 45% sale. I'm buing it now :dance:
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MrLonelyShadow Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
wow i love the muscles on him
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NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome! I wish I could get it but i don't have enough points...
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aelius-istora Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
really awesome
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liger0schnider Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Very cool t-shirt design!
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drewzten Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
I'd like to buy this. How do I go about buying this tshirt design?
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IdLikeToRubYourBack Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Jean Claude Van DAMN!
This is so awesome
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YaYaOo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
nice details
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kribaybee Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Hate that I'm just now seeing this but what a truly amazing design!!!
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AbbyRose24 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Im so happy you won! I saw your design, then read the description and I was like AWWWW! I never knew the myth behind the minotaur. I love your story in the design, it makes me so happy and sad. Congratulations!
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MugoUrth Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012
A cute, charming T-Shirt. I kind of enjoyed seeing it as one of the winners, as I'm used to seeing humans in costumes or humans with body paint as the winners to monster contests.
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations with the winning entry :).
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TheStrayLiger Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ever read "The House of Astherion" by Borges? First thing that came to my mind when I saw this :meow:
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allanjefferson666 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
good art, when will be the result of the contest?
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LhuneArt Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They're out; this piece won.
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JimWolfdog Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Desire to be free.
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LewiDA Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I would wear that.
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Lollipop3107 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   Digital Artist
you got my vote! *u*
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v01v0d Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
That s cool! You got my vote.

Check out my entrie, if you have a time.) [link]
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prashantipte Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
wow...!! its amazing.....
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Lexly-san Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is such a great design in every way possible!
The story behind it makes me a bit sad but..its still incredibly awesome what you have done here >.<

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Take a peek: [link]
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Treyos Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely love this design. Fantastic artwork and symbolism. Best of luck in the contest!
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kramerarte Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I REALY LOVE THIS
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capptl Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool!
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