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In ancient Greek mythology, Lamia (Greek: Λάμια) was a beautiful queen of Libya who became a child-eating daemon. Aristophanes claimed her name derived from the Greek word for gullet (λαιμός; laimos), referring to her habit of devouring children.[1]

In the myth, Lamia is a mistress of the god Zeus, causing Zeus' jealous wife, Hera, to kill all of Lamia's children (except for Scylla, who is herself cursed) and transform her into a monster that hunts and devours the children of others. Another version has Hera merely stealing away all of Lamia's children and it being Lamia herself, losing her mind from grief and despair, who starts stealing and devouring others' children out of envy, the repeated monstrosity of which transforms her into a monster on its own.

Some accounts say she has a serpent's tail below the waist.[2] This popular description of her is largely due to Lamia, a poem by John Keats published in 1819.[3] Antoninus Liberalis uses Lamia as an alternate name for the serpentine drakaina Sybaris; however, Diodorus Siculus describes her as having nothing more than a distorted face.[4]

Later traditions referred to many lamiae; these were folkloric monsters similar to vampires and succubi that seduced young men and then fed on their blood.[5]

In later stories, Lamia was cursed with the inability to close her eyes so that she would always obsess over the image of her dead children. Some accounts (see Horace, below) say Hera forced Lamia to devour her own children. Myths variously describe Lamia's monstrous (occasionally serpentine) appearance as a result of either Hera's wrath, the pain of grief, the madness that drove her to murder, or—in some rare versions—a natural result of being Hecate's daughter.[6]

Zeus then gave her the ability to remove her eyes. The purpose of this ability is unclear in Diodorus, but other versions state Lamia's ability to remove her eyes came with the gift of prophecy. Zeus did this to appease Lamia in her grief over the loss of her children and to let her rest since she could not close her eyes
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Damien-the-Ogre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a beautiful, tortured piece. :lovesquee: 

I also love Greek myths. You should do a series of pictures based on the twelve tasks of Heracles/ Hercules. Emote: flee Tard Boogie - now a plz 
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's really a good idea! :confused:
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Damien-the-Ogre Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I am full of good ideas! :wink :catwoman::8Bthrust:  
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
my respect!:iconclapplz:

“We may not pay Satan reverence, for that would be indiscreet, but we can at least respect his talents.”
Twain ;P
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Damien-the-Ogre Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You find some good quotations. :la_v2: 

"Sink into the mire, embrace the butcher, but change the world."
Bertolt Brecht
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Then I come with GoetheDemon Appears - Emote
"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good.”

“I am the spirit that negates.
And rightly so, for all that comes to be
Deserves to perish wretchedly;
'Twere better nothing would begin.
Thus everything that that your terms, sin,
Destruction, evil represent—
That is my proper element.” :iconfearmeplz::iconcandyfaceplz::iconbloodyyayplz::iconinomitplz:
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style and I love that you put up all of this mythology along with it:)
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
No problem^^
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femmedelariviere Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like your style and I love that you put up all of this mythology along with it:)
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dholms Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is pretty much gorgeous.
your work is so immaculately detailed.
i love how you did those figures in the background.
dig the contrast between the central figure and the background.
heck. the central figure alone could have been a piece of art by itself.
very nice.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
aww, thank you a lot! :hug:
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Noirerora Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Professional Photographer
faszinierend
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
danke :hug:
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DariaHow2do Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Это потрясающе! Как ты рисуешь?
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, can't speak russian :hmm:
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DariaHow2do Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Okay.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ask me in english, please!?! :O_o:


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DariaHow2do Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Okay, so how do you draw? Is it wrong?
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, like you do or little children do, with pen and paper :)
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sue1993 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hahahahahahaha XD

Btw - really great work :)
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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DariaHow2do Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
Is your working draw with pen?!
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is a hobby :) like others do sports, you know... No, i didn't learn that in a professional way, if that's your question.

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ZtheDoomyPirate Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DAT BACKGROUND. :omg:
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeaaahhhh :D
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azanigin Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i like your style!
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) thanks
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TheDaveL Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic line work, awesome use of values.
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maxevry Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Very cool, exquisitely done.
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2011
Disturbing and beautiful atmosphere , well done ! :clap:
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you :heart:
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LivinDeadGal Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009  Professional
Beautiful...i just fell in love with your gallery.
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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Wintermoon666 Featured By Owner May 11, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Unglaublich schön ... ich liebe schwarz-weiss ...
Traumhaft, wie Du die Haare und das Gesicht gezeichnet hast, und die Dämonen im Hintergrund ... selten so ein intensives Bild erlebt ...
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phanoptexperplex Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2007
another fav° :)
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hihihi :D

thank you again

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grthink Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2006
Too cool, too cool! I love the way the faces have been drawn in through the 'vines' and the black areas contrasting against them. Superb superb [Ctrl+v ad infinitum]
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you:D
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fra-ni Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
is it like your self portrait? its nice!
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no no, people tell me often that my women look like me, but i donīt think so!!!!
i like the meaning of lamia thats all:)
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fra-ni Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2005
ahh ok, most of the characters i invent from my head look something like me, i think its a natural occurence and yeah lamias are right hip hehehe
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D yea there are:D
and right, artists are often too egoistic to paint someone else;)
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thisfudge Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2005
wow.. it's really beautiful :)
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes it is:)
thanks!
:)
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Peso50 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
Is that in Pen. Even if it isnt the shadings sooo good. I like the background with the ghost/spirit thingers...it suits her facial expression
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:) thanks again
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lisa-im-laerm Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks:)
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MadDogNikki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2005
Beautiful! I love the pose, and I love it that only black and white were used! A definite fav!
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