Illustrating Thursdays: Hades and Persephone

Illustrating Thursdays is a new meme Created and Hosted here on I’ll Read Anything Once. Along with reading, one of my great loves is art and illustration. Illustrating Thursdays is made to show off both. Favorite picture books or illustrations from a book, illustrations or art based on a book, or art that reminds you of a book you love are all fair game. Make sure to credit the artists and provide info on the books you choose. If you want to participate please do! Leave a link to your posts in the comments and link us in your post. (we’re working on a widget for everyone to use when they participate in the future).

If you don’t think this is completely stunning then you and I are clearly not looking at the same thing. Hades and Persephone 1, by Sandara on DeviantART, is the kind of art that makes me dream. The emotion that she can wring out of the viewer using light, color, and expression (seriously look at those faces and that body language) is magical.

Hades face, calculating but just a little stunned; looking at something he can’t quite believe is real, and plotting how exactly to make her his. Persephone, smart enough to be wary, but just as blindsided as he is. She’s all light: sun, fire, growing things, she IS Spring. Hades is cold, hard, unyielding, he rules where the other gods fear to dread, in darkness and fear, and yet here is this bright, glowing, vibrant woman and she steals the breath right out of him. How Sandara can convey all that and more through her art is what makes her so magical.

With two fairly high-profile books out this year (within a few days of each other) each dealing with this myth, I thought Sandara’s interpretation was appropriate for this week’s Illustrating Thursdays.

Meg Cabot’s Abandon and Aimee Carter’s The Goddess Test both have similar ratings on Goodreads, both came out in April of this year, both retell the Hades/Persephone Myth, in modern settings for YA readers. I was excited to read them both and actually read them fairly closely together. That, for me, is where the similarities end. I have very strong feelings for these two books, one I loved, one I hated.

I don’t want to clutter this post up too much with my feelings though, Sandara’s stunning art deserves its own moment. Check back Saturday, however, when these two go head to head in a book review battle royal.

Meanwhile, Sandara’s Hades and Persephone 2:

Look at his face in this, regret, longing, and a desire that he can’t really hold on to. Persephone is softer in this one, still filled with just as much light and vibrancy, but winter has come, and you can see the loss of warmth and growth present in #1. Seriously I am in love with these. In Love.

Check out the rest of Sandara’s art here.


2 responses to this post.

  1. These illustrations are awesome. Thanks for sharing them. I’ll have to look and see if there is any new Cupid & Psyche art up. (My personal favorite.)


    • Thanks, I’m glad everyone seems to be loving the illustrations. I have a soft spot for Cupid/Pyche as well, can’t wait for your book to be released!


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