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Hecate by megamoth Hecate by megamoth
My second annual poster illustration for the San Francisco Olympians theater festival. This year, I was lucky to be chosen for the play featuring the goddess Hecate.

Hecate is one of the more intriguing characters in Greek mythology, and I have always felt that she was pretty ambiguous in her role in the pantheon. She is the goddess of magic, witchcraft, passageways, doors and crossroads... although the list goes on. She has many aspects, but she is commonly depicted as a "triple goddess:" three women as one. The "maid, mother & crone" archetype is one of my favorites in mythology (triads of women are found in myths of all sorts of cultures, such as the Greco-Roman Furies and the Norns of the Norse), so I couldn't help but illustrate Hecate in youth, fertility and age. Luckily, this archetype also appears in the play, about which I know only a few tidbits.

The other tidbit I know of the play sets the scene on the moor, which I tried to reflect in the image. I also brought along as many symbols as I could that were significant to Hecate: the moon, dogs and cats, Belladonna plant (also known as Deadly Nightshade), Oak leaves, Dittany, and a frog. As Hecate is often depicted with a torch in each hand (like the torches on each side of a doorway), I gave her two flames. The frog swallowing the key is a symbol of magical knowledge, which Hecate has the ability to grant.

I had a great time working on this. Mainly watercolor and gouache, I also used some pencil and acrylic ink to finish it off.
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MistressCthulhu Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hi Im using this image on my facebook site… . If you have a problem with this please let me know. i will credit the artwork to you and link to your DA page. Thanks ~ MistressCthulhu
megamoth Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problems here! Thank you very much for notifying me! By the way you can credit the artist as by Emily C. Martin.
hollychan99 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Um, your artwork is awesome! :D
chunkypuddles Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
DianaJonesbunz Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
ReconCookies Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
that is amazing
Pachycrocuta Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011
Very Michael Kaluta looking. I love how vibrant the colors are!
RogueNightblade Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this piece. All the symbolism and history you brought to it on top of the beautiful artwork? Hecate has always been one of my favorite Greek Gods. Congratulations. EXCELLENT piece.
lennan Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011
This is a gorgeous piece. I love the rich colors. =)
nomog Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
Thanks for the small lesson on greek mythology :) One can tell that you had fun working on this, looks amazing!
Hyperiondia Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you incorporated aspects of her in a very subtle way. Adding much with out making it look over loaded is a great thing. Excellent work!
VividWakingDream23 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
Awesome depiction :)
warpiggg Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful. I adore Hecate, and this is a wonderful depiction f her :)
DorkWithIssues Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student General Artist
:clap: So pretty! :D
NeriSiren Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Beautiful! I like that you drew the three Hecates' eyes blank and glowing - gives them an eerie look, as though they're possessed by magic or are seeing into another world, which fits with Hecate's identity as goddess of magic. And I like the pack of cats with the glowing eyes - also nicely spooky :)
Smocza-wladczyni Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011
Wow, amazing idea of work :)
themscarecrows Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Professional General Artist
Absolutely beautiful, I love the way you painted it. :) Lovely work~!
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