Io the cow

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Ashlee Pickett

There's a story in Ovid's Metamorphoses about Jove (Zeus) and Io, the daughter of a river god.  In a nutshell, the story is basically this:  Jove decides that he likes Io and wants to sleep with her.  He does, but is almost caught by Juno (Hera).  To cover his own tracks, Jove turns Io into a cow before his wife catches them.  Later, Io begins following her father's banks, even as he searches for his missing daughter.  Sooner or later, Io scratches into the dirt that she is his daughter, only now a cow.  Her father, of course, is crushed.  The best part of the story is when he is crying over his daughter. "Oh wretched me," he said, "Oh wretched me!  Are you the child for whom I searched the earth in every part?  Lost you were less a grief than you are, found!  You make no answer, unable to respond in our speech in languge of your own, but from your breast come resonant deep sighs and--all that you can manage now--you moo!" Well, what else is she supposed to do, buddy?  She's a cow.  Cow's moo.  There's a quick lesson. Anyway, I drew this, scanned it, traced over it in PSP then added color and "texture" in places.  It's not great, but it's definitely my best attempt at coloring yet.  I'm proud of me. If you want to see the original, it's in here somewhere, as well.


Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy



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