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Durga by JessiBeans Durga by JessiBeans
Part 2 of 6

Durga, a Hindu Goddess, is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess. She is sometimes referred to as the mother of Kartik, and Ganesh only. Some religions say she is an incarnation of Laxmi with the help of Saraswati and Parvati.

The form of Durga was created as a warrior goddess to fight the demon Mahishasura. Since he could only be slain by a woman, Durga was formed, blindingly beautiful, riding on the back of a lion, and she killed Mahishasura with her trident.

This is the second of a six piece portfolio for Independent Study in Digital Drawing, with piece examining a uniquely feminine trait as represented by a goddess. Durga represents rage.

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Illustrator 10.0.3 and my Precioussssss
Image © ME!!! 2006
Textures from [link]
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:iconhersheybar24:
hersheybar24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great interpretation! I like the colors! 
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Ask--Poppyfrost Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
Tigers curse ♥ Thats what this makes me think of. Its amazing though. >.<
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:iconprakashpatel:
Prakashpatel Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Stunning!!
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dollydecember Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOVE IT. She is my favourite, with the rat temple.
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Destrauxe Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I thought it was a tiger not a lion? Huh, oh well. It's still pretty.
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hersheybar24 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nope, it's a lion.
Though she is sometimes depicted with a tiger in her calmer moods.
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sanjay14 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011
I am hindu and i am devotee of goddess durga maa.
thank you for this painting.
thanks...
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ZuleikaF Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome!
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zDragonGirlz Featured By Owner May 25, 2011
She is beautiful! :D
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SilentArtists Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010
May I use this in a noncommercial video? I will give credit
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Throneofsouls Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010   General Artist
Fantastic.
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
You've been featured in my latest journal: [link]

:love: :huggle:
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BaB-Jane Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Featured in my journal: [link] :heart: :huggle:
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:iconpharold:
PHarold Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful colours and beautifully done. I love that she has four arms, like many of the Hindu deities.Great expressions.
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NibbleKat Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Jee...zum. I can't even begin to think of anything to say about this because it's so amazing. It's stunning. Everything about it just screams power.
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arjunawasthi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
beautiful i love her saree and her 'savari' the lion
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JazylH Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Very cool take on the godess.
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:iconmetalarm:
metalarm Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
shes the mom of lakshmi and saraswati and wife to lord shiva..
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riverotter7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh bloody gorgeous imagery. The Durga/Devi Ma on Her Lion is exquisite! I've got to send a link to my cousin!
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Versispellis Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2008
There's a lot of drama in this image. I love the stylized quality of it and the red ambient light.
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:iconkohaku-dono:
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
You are so awesome.

Can you draw one of Kali?
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:iconjah1:
jah1 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007
I hope that next will be Kali xD
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magerix Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2007
Durga! Durga! Durga jai jai ma! One of my favorite devi evarr. That Mahishasura thought he was so clever. Pfft.
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6Lady6Death6 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007  Professional Artist
wow!
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:iconmenum:
menum Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
Fabulous :)

Much love for you and your Durga
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nidhi-rathish Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2007
I'm a Hindu and I love this !! :+fav:
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:iconaprilmoon23:
aprilmoon23 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
This one is my favorite of the series :)
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Atenea217 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
great!!
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strangulate Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2007
Durga is one my favourite goddesses 8D Splendiddidlyumptious.
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Evilyn81 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2007  Professional General Artist
This is a fantastic piece!
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mptkha Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007
perfect colors
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Zeorymer0015 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
I really like this!! one of your best pieces! Take a look at my galley sometime. I would love to do some fan art for ya!

Zeo
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KalimaRedChaos Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2007
this is *completely* hot...
ps: did u know she is also a form of Kali'ma?
This is SO great!
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auth0r Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2007
Just a bit of random love for you, but I really dig this. The lion is awesome, and I can definently see the goddess moving in her leap. Really cool.
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CrazySwedishGirl Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006
That lion is just amazing. :o
The Hindu gods and godesses are always very interesting. :nod:
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KageFuyuAme Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
I remember her from a story I once read by Mercedes Lackey. She kicked butt, but in a very subtle way. Awesome work.

~ Koki
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AngelForAdoption Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
the lions expresion is so realistic well done its great
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fhqwhgus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
That's so awesome! You're designs are always just stunning! I love the palette you used for this one! (The warm/cool fiery gradient is just gorgeous.) :love:
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ChocoboGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Your goddesses have been a real treat so far; I can't wait to see the rest! Good luck with your portfolio projects!!
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PlaidTidings Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
The only thing I don't quite get about this series is how these traits are uniquely feminine? So far it seems more like a goddess-themed look at the deadly sins, with pride/vanity and wrath/rage being the first two.

Semantics aside... I adore both of the ones you've posted so far! The style is very dynamic and I just love the way you're coloring them. Plus, it's awesome getting to learn about deities from places other than the typical Greek , Roman and sometimes Norse pantheons. :D
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kamikazekayti Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful!! Love how you've picked Hindu and shinto godesses instead of relying on the old greek dieies! The colors really do make it chaotic, like something omonous is about to happen!
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LotusDreaming Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
This is fantastic. I love the Sari.

Warrior hotties are awesome. Warrior hottie deities = godly awesome.
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Girl-In-Glass Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
Again...beautiful work.
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Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Nice work! The composition's fitting--it's very aggressive and combined with the red-dominated colour sheme and the pose makes for a very intense pic. Nice work! I'm really liking the series so far. :) Well done indeed!
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realityhelix Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I clearly do not know enough about this mythology/religion. This is some awesome stuff! Does she really ride around a lion like that?
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Shibararetai Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
all of these are turning out fabulous. I cant wait to see the rest of the series.
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SLIgurl Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006
Woah...
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:iconmittyume:
Mittyume Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2006   Filmographer
love the hot color atmosphere. Definitely crates a battle feeling.
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