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Leda and the Swan

Danielle Bain

Kew, Australia

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Some time ago I made a short film based on the tale of Leda and the Swan and there are many romantic paintings depicting Leda and the Swan.

From Greek mythology, the story goes that Zeus appeared to Leda as a swan and raped/seduced her, that same night she slept with her husband King Tyndareus. As a result of this Leda laid two eggs, the children of both Zeus and King Tyndareus.

When I sketched this swan girl I thought of maybe turning the story around, maybe Leda seduced Zeus, maybe she was the swan, maybe for once the woman in the tale had the power over the men…therefore here she appears quite seductive and alluring.

This swan girl is part of a series of characters I became obsessed with drawing.

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