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Charon by LaminIllustration Charon by LaminIllustration

The rise and fall of the waters parallel the rise of life and its subsequent decent into death.  It's a river that can be rapids or eerily calm amidst the endless hordes of lost souls who wait on its shores for the ferryman to guide them across it's murky depths . . . so long as they have their fare.


In Greek mythology, Charon or Kharon is the name of the ferryman of Hades who carries souls of the newly deceased across the river Styx and Acheron that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead.  
When coming up with this illustration I decided that instead of the ferryman maneuvering a boat, what if he was the boat.  Why not have the boat as an extension of his lower half and the lantern an extension of his lower jaw.  I also thought that maybe I should make the boat bigger so that more than one person can traverse the waters at one time.  But then I realized that this is a voyage on the way to Hades, and what could be more torturous than standing and waiting in line for an eternity!

Take a look at the painting process here,…

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This makes a lot of sense according to the story behind it. The artwork itself is so detailed and lifelike that it makes you feel as if you are actually there. i love how dark and dreary the setting is because it gives off that haunted, ghostly vibe that goes well with the underworld. I love that you made it look as if Charon were actually the boat because that's a really cool twist that I haven't seen before. i also really like how you put gold drachmas in his hand, that also adds to the story behind the art. And Charon's posture just seems so accurate, too. Overall, you did an excellent job. 10/10
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zhugebeifong Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
CHARON, old boy! Is that you? God it's been... How long has it been?
Jazzpirate Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Ohhh man, this is just gorgeous. <3 I love it man.
FeiRyuzaki Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic job ! I'm just... *_*
Art-Eli Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
gorgeous work and design! your technique is always stunning and impressive :)
Zebucompany Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
awesome take on it.
Ewi-chan93 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Yea! Nice perspective look!
Darkaiz Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
nope. nope nope nope nope.
I love it though :D Very well done!
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks fantastic! Glad you got rid of the bucket in the original sketch. Love the way you coloured it. Best rendition of Charon I've seen for sure :heart:
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June 27, 2014
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