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Ishtar by JessiBeans Ishtar by JessiBeans
Part 3 of 6

Ishtar was the ancient Sumero-Babylonian goddess of love and fertility. She is often described as the daughter of Anu, the god of the air. In most of the myths concerning her, she is described as an evil, heartless, women who destroyed her mates and lovers.

In the great epic of Gilgamesh, she tried to make Gilgamesh her husband, but he refused her and reminded her of her former lovers, whom she mercilessly killed or left injured. She reported this to her father, Anu, and he gave her the mystical bull of heaven to avenge herself. Gilgamesh and his friend Enkidu stopped and killed the mighty creature and threw its headless body at her feet. They also insulted her, and she responded by sending disease to kill Gilgamesh's best friend Enkidu.

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

Adobe Photoshop 7.0, Illustrator 10.0.3 and my Precioussssss
Image ME!!! 2006
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EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2015   Writer
Fuck yes!  Not gonna say much, except that I enjoy (and idolize, since I'm a wannabe-succubus...shh...) dangerous girls, so someone like her is right up my alley ;) :D :love:!
Fated-to-Love-You Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
isn't she referred to as Innana in the epic of Gilgamesh?
fedoraStorm Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Inanna is one of her other names, yes.
MyMercifulAzrael Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Very cool! Perfect.
crazyphangirl Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
OOH I am working on a novel about Semiramis, and have encounter Ishtar in the readings....I love this!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012
wonderfull pic!
Allatwan Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. Dramatic, colourful, and authentic. I'm in love ^^
TheObsessiveBrowser Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
Excellent & then some !! So many of the ancient heroine figures & goddesses have so much in common that it's hard to believe there's not some common ground somewhere. :)
Miera42 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
totally awesome pic, love the middle-eatern style (: would almost say arabian, but that is the wrong area ^^ totally wish i could do art like this :/ but that is something else....complete fave! *thumbs up*
Spriglief Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Also, it does not have Sumarian period clothing... This is more Arabic or Persian.
Spriglief Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
It has to much of a Disney look to me.
Morgue-Macabre Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I first heard about this goddess/Queen when i was curious about the true beginings of Easter. She came up as some believe the easter egg is derived from how she claimed to be born. She claimed not to have a mother and was born from an egg that came to earth on the rays of the moon. It was of course called Ishtar's Egg, and Ishtar is suppodly pronounced Easter. It did say some other stuff, but i've forgot most of it, i really must try and read Gilgamesh.
the-placebo-effect Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
beautiful. she looks determined. :)
Xagzan Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Lovely piece. I think it's pretty cool to see artists doing a set of different goddesses of mythology.

Also, I actually don't think it was Ishtar who decides to kill Enkidu. I believe it was Enlil's decision as punishment for killing Humbaba and the Bull. The bull itself was sent on her wishes though. Yeah, she was more often portrayed negatively as you said. Although at the end of Utnapishtim's flood story, she is the god who seems upset the most about humanity's destruction.
EarthPhantomTS Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2016   Writer
"Although at the end of Utnapishtim's flood story, she is the god who seems upset the most about humanity's destruction."

Ehh...I don't know...I'm pretty sure that was Enlil (you know, the guy who WARNED Utnapishtim about the Flood?).  Ishtar was never really portrayed as anything besides a spoiled brat.  Unless I'm missing something, and she was as angry about it as Enlil.

I'll admit, though, I'm kinda drawn to her, but I also kinda need an Alternate Character Interpretation to really accept her (basically, I focus on her as a powerful woman proud of her own sexuality, like Bayonetta, rather than her historical "spoiled brat" characterization)
RyverSylt Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You really did your homework for her. One thing about Inanna / Ishtar and An / Anu, The term father was often used as a term of respect meaning that she looked up to him as greater than her. In general her father is considered to be Nanna the god of the moon.
goggie Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2008
Its gorgeous! but in most of the stories I've heard (Assyrian), she's the Goddess of war as well :)
piotrasss Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008
The other day I was reading about her siter
(Ereshkigal) who rulled the underworld and she is even more badass with talons instead of feet and wings. When Ishtar came there she barely escaped untouched.
Anyways nice pic although it remainds me more of the 1001 nights climates
Love the power in her pose and the rich, intense colors. :)

riverotter7 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2008  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Leave it to men to put a vicious spin on things. The only reason She was supposed to have killed the lovers She had was that the Kings for the Day were sacrificed to Her in Her Temples after the Holy Orgies. The true King was never meant to be slain so another was made "king for a day" in his place, thus the hundreds of thousands of men slain for Ishtar (also known as Astarte)
ashtona777 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I remember that tale in my Western Civ 1 class. I wasn't actually sure what she looked like though. I do remember that several people died because of that bull, then again, I might be... thinking of something else.
Bonequisha Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
haha. I've just finished the Gilgamesh segment in my English class. This is really nice, with very clear emotions.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2007
I'm amazed! You actually know the story of Ishtar! And you portrayed it so beautifully too! ^_^
sara-sa Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2007  Student Interface Designer
SomeGirlNamedJhenne Featured By Owner May 17, 2007
Wow, I love your style!
Beautiful coloring job :love:
Atenea217 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2007
love it.. wonderful colours..
Merillian Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2007
this is wonderfull
can I ask one thing?How do U put those patterns on her clothes?Like on her scarf for e.g
Ayakitsune Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I really like the different methods you've used to color this. It gives the whole piece an edge.
CrazySwedishGirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
You made her really beautiful and a good depiction of the myth. :wow: Her clothes are awesome too. And the ravens!! :excited:
fhqwhgus Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006
Amazing! The carrion birds are awesome! Her expression especially captures the eye. :love:
LadyZelda Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006   Traditional Artist
This is fantastic!! I'm reading the Epic of Gilgamesh right now... kind of funny how that works. :)
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
what excellent timing ;)
LadyZelda Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006   Traditional Artist
Haha, indeed!
twp3pf2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Somehow I thought the green would figure more prominently in her apparel, har har. I guess that would be too trite.

I admire your work in this series--there's a stylized quality that is appropriate to the subject matter, and the light and color choices are compelling--and I haven't posted on all of them, but they are all beautiful pieces.
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
haha... maybe pink is the new color of envy.

Thank you! :D
AK-Is-Harmless Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful! :nod:

KageFuyuAme Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2006
Wow. She was one mean lady. But wonderful work in drawing and coloring her.

~ Koki
studio-buma Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
this series is very visually stunning - I can't wait to see all of them done!
SLIgurl Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
You have a lot of time on your hands to be halfway through so quickly and have them all look amazing!
JessiBeans Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
oh no... lol I've been working on these all semester, they're finally due tomorrow, so I'm finishing and posting. I *wish* I worked that fast...

inneryoung Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
very pretty colors and patterns! Gotta love mythology
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RebexTrip Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Strangely, although Ishtar is quite evil, she's one of my favourate godesses.
Gunmetalblack Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
Nice! As strange as this may sound, one of the things I really like was the shading on the green part of her dress. There's a lot of definition here in terms of shading and the juxtaposition with the patterns you've used here is really interesting, while still maintaining thematic unity with the rest of the pictures.

Excellent work! I really like the thought you put into these. :)
AngelForAdoption Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
wow great detail
ArtisticSchmidt Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional General Artist
My favorite of the series so far!
kamikazekayti Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not going to babble on this one! Just as phenomenal as the first 2!!!
darkgothicwriter Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006
ChocoboGoddess Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Professional Artisan Crafter
Whoo! I hoped you'd do Ishtar.

Someone in an earlier comment on one of your other goddesses mentioned that you were doing 'uniquely feminine traits' but it seems they each represent only negative ones, and ones that are certainly represented by both men and women. With this one, you say it's Jealousy; with Amaterasu, it was Vanity, and with another one it was Wrath. I wondered if you had any positive ones? ^^;; I think the series is absolutely gorgeous, but it seems a little odd to call these traits 'uniquely' feminine...especially since wrath, jealousy, and vanity are certainly not restricted to women! :) Just wondering what your reasoning was, I guess.

Either way, the images themselves are a real treat to look at. :)
maria-jaujou Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow, you are getting these DONE. holy crap, woman, you're productive. O.O

this ROCKS btw. fav. :D
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