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Kerberos by Vyrilien Kerberos by Vyrilien
Cerberus

Cerberus, or Kerberos, (Greek form: Κέρβερος) in Greek and Roman mythology, is a multi-headed hound (usually three-headed, but he has been known to have between one and fifty heads) which guards the gates of the Underworld, to prevent those who have crossed the river Styx from ever escaping.

Cerberus was the offspring of Echidna, a hybrid half-woman and half-serpent, and Typhon, a fire-breathing giant whom even the Olympian gods feared. Its brother is Orthrus, always depicted as a two-headed hellhound. The common depiction of Cerberus in Greek mythology and art is as having three heads, a mane of live serpents (similar to Medusa's hair) and a snake's tail. In most works the three-heads each respectively see and represent the past, the present, and the future, while other sources suggest the heads represent birth, youth, and old age. Each of Cerberus' heads is said to have an appetite only for live meat and thus allow the spirits of the dead to freely enter the underworld, but allow none to leave. Cerberus was always employed as Hades' loyal watchdog, and guarded the gates that granted access and exit to the underworld (also called Hades).


As some of you may know, I already did a Cerberus back in 2008. Cerberus is such an interesting mythical creature I felt I hadn't done him much justice with my quick doodle (as much as I liked it back then). So I decided I would have another go. Fun times, right? This time I stayed a little more faithful to the way he's been described to appear in myth and gave him his snake-manes. I was unhappy to discover I wasn't very good at painting snakes, so lots of practice happened and one of the practice doodles turned into my painting of the Midgard Serpent.

About painting the actual painting I have this to say:

ASDFGHJKLI'mfinallydonewiththisthingARGH.

I forced myself to paint a background. They weren't happy times. Also, different heads, yes. Left one is past, middle one is present, right one is future. Why? Because I say so, that's why. This is totally not a justification for not having consistently painted the same head in three different angles. No. Why would you even imply such a thing? On one hand I think I could have done better. Ond the other hand...you should have seen the earlier stages of this thing.

I'm done ranting! I'm aware some of the stuff looks wonky. Any suggestions are welcome!

~Vyrilien

Time Taken: repainted it from scratch once, so 60 hours? YES 60. I'm very terribad. No need to tell me.
Tools Used: Wacom Intuos 2, Photoshop CS2, Corel Painter Essentials 3

P.S. Sta.sh is amazing; this took me less than half the normal time to upload and it's basically a sort of Photobucket. For all those non-premium members, it will be available for regular members soon. Rejoice!

P.P.S. Let me know if this appears much too dark on your screen.
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:icondhxjcrd:
dhxjcrd Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
One of the only Kerberos artworks I like :D
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay! Big compliment! Thanks :D
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:icontasorius2:
Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012
Indeed... That servant of my servant is awesome... ^^
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Servant of your servant?
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:icontasorius2:
Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
Yes...
Overlord: Tasorius.
Underlord: Hades.
Guardian: Kerberos.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your own universe/story/character? :)
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:icontasorius2:
Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
Perhaps...:iconevilgrin2plz:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:fear:
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:icontasorius2:
Tasorius2 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
:iconteheplz:
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:iconbealicious:
bEalicious Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Used your art here ! -> [link]
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:iconcolorlessheart:
ColorLessHeart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Artist
creepy and cute
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconcolorlessheart:
ColorLessHeart Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Student Artist
your welcome
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:iconnutcase9:
Nutcase9 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Very nice.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icondiphylla:
diphylla Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Featured Here: [link] :heart:
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Invidiata Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
What a wonderful picture! Cerberus is one of my favourite creatures ever, it is just fascinating. Also the background is very well done, I like this glowing effect a lot. But I also have one question, I want to make a music video and for that I need a good picture, and since the title of the track IS Kerberos, this picture would fit a lot! Can I use it for this? (Of course I'll credit you in the description with a link as I ever do)
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You hereby have my permission to use this as specified (in music video with description link credit) A mention of mine online username would be appreciated but is optional :) Thank you for the compliments!
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Invidiata Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, the video is up now! And I've linked to the picture and credited you by the name too. And you are very welcome. :3
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for crediting properly and asking my permission first. I really really appreciate that :) So you're most welcome!
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Miakhano Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Whoaaaaowwww! 0__0 =)
This beast looks to be not only huge bastarg, but also full of energy. =) I like his necks, full of motion.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the great comment! Glad you like this one! :)
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keylime204 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love how it glows.....pretty!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :) (I'm such a sucker for glowy things ;P)
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:iconkeylime204:
keylime204 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you are welcome.... i love glowy things too!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
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keylime204 Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
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CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
Holy snakes! That is cool! :D This is why I love Greek Mythology :P awesome job I love how scary they look and the glow effect you gave them and the little snake ;p
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner May 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! It's why I love Greek Mythology too ;p That and the drama series characters that are the Olympian Gods.
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CMoretzfan19 Featured By Owner May 5, 2012
You're welcome and ya same
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:iconenormusone:
eNormusONE Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconshiningpirate:
ShiningPirate Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yaaay
cerebus :dummy:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love Cerberus 8D
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:iconburntocinder:
BurnToCinder Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
That is one epic Cerberus. ;)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you like it! Thank you :)
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:icontifa22:
Tifa22 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, Cerberus :D
Pretty cool! ^-^
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:iconchaosbayne:
Chaosbayne Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This is definitely cool. :D
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:iconancientrock:
Ancientrock Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WHOOHOO! Evil three headed dog of DEATH! I love the dog. HE...IS...AWESOME!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D Glad you like it!
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:iconancientrock:
Ancientrock Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
GODS... ARE... AWESOME! the animals they have are cooler though.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I kinda have to agree! :D
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:iconancientrock:
Ancientrock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Who can't?
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:iconweigazod:
weigazod Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Just a guard dog of hell
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:iconancientrock:
Ancientrock Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Still. Three headed dog. How can you go wrong?
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weigazod Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
What? Something go wrong?

He is just a guard dog of Hades, god of underworld, not the dog of Thanatos, god of death.
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:iconancientrock:
Ancientrock Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, if you think about it, Thanatos give Heades souls, so they sort'a coexist. Thats why I think of Cerberes as the gaurd dog of death, because without death, he nor Hades would be there. And nothing went wrong.
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Ryn-Ishtar Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011  Student Interface Designer
For 'not being good' at snakes, you did a terribly good job at them. I can't imagine a piece taking 60 hours! o.0 I'd die. I suppose one day I'll get there though. Great piece. Love the background, it definitely adds to the mood of the picture.
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Vyrilien Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :heart: Sixty hours does sound like a heck lot, but I am generally a pretty inefficient painter so half of the time I am staring at my screen thinking 'this is taking me forever' and not actually painting :lol:
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Marahuta Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
I do that when I write my exams. I continue to think what I want to right but I think so hard that my hand stops writing but I think (and it seems to me) that my hand is still writing. And even when I go back and read what I'vr written to make sure I've written correctly, I reach the point where I stopped writing but the thought is so intense I think I'm reading it even though it's not there. I see what I did after the teacher shows it to me :nuu:
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