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June 2nd, 2015
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What does a muse look like?
I recently saw a rant about the unsatisfactoryness of the Spectrum sf art award, and when I looked at the award, my first thought was "That doesn't look anything like a muse", but I don't have a clear idea of what a Muse does look like. (I've got a negative imagination-- I'm sure I've never seen a satisfactory representation of a hobbit, but that doesn't mean I know what a good representation would be.)

A muse (a personal muse, not a goddess of an art) should look as though it will come in close and go away at its own will, but I can't think of how you'd express the idea in a single statue.

My muse (or at least something in the back of my head) has recommended a mass of swirling colors, and if you wanted a fantasy award statue, fantasy creatures could be worked into the colors. Still, anyone have a human or humanoid who looks either like your muse or who expresses the idea of a muse for people in general?

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Date:June 2nd, 2015 07:10 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of fond of the Storm King's muses from Girl Genius.


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Date:June 2nd, 2015 08:20 pm (UTC)
My muse wears glasses and carries a bag of polyhedral dice.
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Date:June 2nd, 2015 11:17 pm (UTC)
My muse likes simple, adolescent, wearing vaguely Greek white clothes.

She likes rolling on the floor in laughter when nudged.
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Date:June 2nd, 2015 11:22 pm (UTC)
Mine is in the icon on left.
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Date:June 3rd, 2015 01:27 am (UTC)
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Date:June 3rd, 2015 02:56 am (UTC)
I always picture mine in a more-or-less classical Greek outfit (or what the bottom of my brain thinks is one), with a sardonic smile. She wears a headband with bunny ears on it, which is an in-joke between the two of us--or possibly on me.
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Date:June 4th, 2015 02:04 pm (UTC)
Here's the conventional answer to your question.

Meet Calliope, Clio, Euterpe, Erato, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, and Urania.

Disclaimer: Some dead Roman's idea of what the Muses look like may not match picture in the back of your head; YMMV.
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