40 Drawings in 40 Days – #37 – Ariadne

Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his wife Pasiphae.  Pasiphae was also the mother of the Minotaur which means wee Ariadne had a very interesting half-brother.  I bet he helped keep those teenage boys at bay when they were pestering Ariadne in Cretan High School.

Ariadne was in charge of the labyrinth and oversaw the sacrifice of Athenian youths to her ravenous, raging sibling so she must have had some mettle to her.  However, when the hero Theseus turned up, Ariadne turned to mush in an instant and assisted her crush by gifting him a sword and a ball of thread with which to find his way around the labyrinth and kill the Minotaur.  Mission accomplished, Theseus then took Ariadne away with him, as he had promised to do, but then dumped her on Naxos.  There, Dionysus discovered her and married her so she did get her happily ever after in the end.  Complete with never-ending wine.

I decided that Ariadne had to be naïve in order to fall for Theseus’ charms so readily and perhaps also lacking in self-esteem given that she was willing to leave her family behind and have her bull-brother killed by the hero just because he made her swoon and festooned her with promises of love and bliss.  I, therefore, chose to depict her as being young with rosy apple cheeks suggesting the first flush of infatuation with dashingly treacherous Theseus.  She holds a skein of thread in her hand which I drew in silver ink to connote its magical, GPS qualities.  I then – in a rush with my drawing – made a terrible error and momentarily conflated Ariadne with Arachne, who was turned into a spider by Athena.  I had drawn the spider on her headband and web on her necklace in ink before I realized the error of my ways.  Oops.  Draw in haste, repent at leisure.

37b - Ariadne

Ariadne – Not Arachne