The Charites, figures of Greek mythology known as "The Three Graces". In Greek mythology, a Charis is one of several Charites(Greek: "Graces"), goddesses of charm, beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. They ordinarily numbered three, from youngest to oldest: Aglaea ("Beauty"), Euphrosyne ("Mirth"), and Thalia ("Good Cheer"). In Roman mythology they were known as the Gratiae. Although the Graces usually numbered three, according to the Spartans, Cleta, not Thalia, was the third, and other Graces are sometimes mentioned, including Auxo, Charis, Hegemone, Phaenna, and Pasithea. The Charites were usually considered the daughters of Zeus and Eurynome, though they were also said to be daughters of Dionysus and Aphrodite or of Helios and the naiad Aegle. Homer wrote that they were part of the retinue of Aphrodite. The Charites were also associated with the underworld and the Eleusinian Mysteries.
Greek mythology is the body of stories belonging to the ancient Greeks, concerning their gods and heroes, the nature of the world and their own cult and ritual practices. Modern scholars referred to the myths and studied them in an attempt to shed light on the religious and political institutions of ancient Greece and, in general, on the ancient Greek civilization.
This work is quite old, but I decided to revisit it recently to fresh up the reasons why I made it. I guess that was an experimental, technical approach to the artwork rather than philosophical. There are three art-design applications there that I used. You may recognise the Jessie model from the curious labs’ Poser props. That was one of the most famous 3d female models at that time. And it is really perfect from all points of view. The landscape came out somewhat dull, Terragen is not my strongest asset, besides I was using a free demo version. After that, everything was assembled in 3DS max. The Terragen background was superimposed to the three female models, it is actually one model that had been posed differently in Poser and exported to 3ds files. I applied some morrow textures to the three graces to make them look light and blend than with the background. In addition, there is a textured mask that makes them look incomplete and surreal. The final touches such as sailboats and blending were made in Photoshop, of course. The shattered glass effect gives the picture sense of fragility and illusion. It impressions like the real Greek divas descended to the earth, but the view of them is mere a reflection.
Software media: Autodesk 3ds Max ®, Adobe Photoshop ®, Adobe Illustrator ®, Poser, Terragen, Stock
George Grie, May 2001
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Alexander / Germany / Dec 28th
I would like to get in touch with you to discuss a project in which we would like to have you as creative director. We plan to do a transformation into modern surrealism times of the famous Hieronymus Bosch Painting - The Garden of Earthly Delights.
Dean and Lisa / United States / May 3rd
I am interested in using your image for one of my single releases forthcoming on our record label. My label will be a small independent label and I want to go with an artistic surreal theme in conjunction with my music policy.
Anton / Russia / Mar 13th
I'd like your permission to use this picture on the front cover of my book. I'm a starting artist, so I probably can't afford to pay for your services - but I can surely give you credit for the image and send you a copy of the book!
Andrea / Italy / Oct 9th
Hello, I am an Italian musician, I do not speak English very well, and I'm sorry to disturb you. I wanted to know if you realize covers for albums.
Elycia / United States / May 5th
But why are they so thin? The older painting have the three graces pleasantly plump and carefree, not carrying the world on their shoulders.
Anton Huckleberry / Scotland / Mar 27th
It's like a scene from the beginning of universe. We born, then walked around and we about the beauty of nature, Old ways are forgotten, no longer that can't breath in the future. Nobody was knowing that beauty would be rare...
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