Illustration Details – Snow and Goat’s feet

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Yuki Onna: Full Illustration and Lines

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The Goat-Footed Lady: Full Illustration and Lines

Today we bring back two details of the illustrations we’ve done for the very different folktales of two dangerous ladies, wouldn’t wish you to meet any of them…

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A Portuguese Folktale: Story from Below the Ground ~ Lines

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The linework for the Story Below the Ground is here, showing the revealing embrace that saved the day – for some, at least…

Don’t miss the opportunity to read this folktale and see the full coloured version of this illustration!

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Creature Feature – Soul of Meister

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Portugal is typically known as a country of sailors and fishermen, and many are the tales of glorious journeys, discoveries of unknown lands, cultures, treasure and also death.

When it came to shipwrecks the men, in their sublime rudeness expressed their sense of loss and belief in something extraordinary, moved by religion and superstition. And so came to be the idea that when a helpless ship got lost at sea or was devoured by a storm’s cruel waves, the soul of its Captain would rise and roam alone, eternally lost.

They respectfully called them “Alma de Mestre”, literally translated to “Soul of Meister”, and they would forever wail amongst the night ocean’s waves until their bodies could be set on the earth and finally reach Paradise.

In truth, the wailing sounds the sailors claimed to hear were nothing else but the plaintive sounds of birds called storm petrels that come to fish at night and thus the Portuguese sailors dubbed them too, “Alma de Mestre”.

It is a tragic memory left behind and yet another testimony of human sacrifice and desire to go further beyond.

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Wintertime Witch ~Lines

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It’s the Wintertime Witch’s linework! We’ve mentioned it before, and we will never get tired of saying it, but inking hair has a certain therapeutic quality to it that will either be maddening or super relaxing.
It’s a bit of a wager, but for us it’s always worth it as in the least, it will be good practice.

For this piece we chose to give the goddess Perchta some yellow gladiolus flowers for the generosity and righteousness meaning, and the colour stands for joy, life-heartedness and also a symbol of friendship, new beginnings and happiness as we believe despite her extreme punishments, she will rejoice if people retain hope to get on the right path.
Just as important, the colour hints to the sacred and imperial walking hand in hand with her entity distinction.

As she is an alpine entity, we couldn’t help but throw into the design a stylized edelweiss brooch and spider webs frozen with morning dew on her sleeves.

The fur on the back of the dress are reminiscent to Perchten, name given to her followers and retainers where some are beautiful and bright, others more on the monstrous side that among fangs and tusks also had horse tails. But she doesn’t discriminate, so a little of both goes into her outfit: a bright tail.

All in all, a reminder that beauty and brightness doesn’t mean certain bliss. Perchta will make people accountable, so children should be taught not to lie and deceive, or she will be busy come winter time.

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A Portuguese Folktale: Story from Below the Ground

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One of the most wonderful things about folktales is how at times they become fragments of universal tales and mythology from places far from its origins, preserving old wisdom and wonder where science and logic can’t reach.
Today’s tale bares similarities in its themes with Lucius Apuleius’ Metamorphoses in which is included a story regarding the overcoming of obstacles between Psyche and Eros and their union at last in sacred marriage.
So here begins…

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Wintertime Witch Season!

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Perchta, Berchte, Berta among other names. In modern days is a totem for the righteous.
“Rewarder of the generous and punisher of the bad, particularly lying children.”

Very well, “Winter Witch Season” can be overly dramatizing but it is a fact that until the 6th of January, in various parts of the world there were celebrations related to winter witches and goddesses.

While some of these witches were nice others were very admonishing, but most did call to your best behaviour. They protected the weak -and children’s souls who passed away among other traits- and maybe more importantly for the lucky ones, deliverers of good fortune and blessings. Unless you decided to stick to bad deeds and stepping out of your way to forsaken their specific rituals of the season.

Some entities would not be as forgiving, as among the benevolent ones there would be some like Berchta or Perchta – a goddess of Alpine paganism from the upper parts of the Alps- whose punishment could be somewhat absolute, as it involved having your stomach open, your insides pulled out and replaced with straw and pebbles…

Naughty or nice had a whole different kind of pressure. Quite an incentive to do good instead!

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Creature Feature – Caretos de Podence

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Nice try, but a mask won’t hide a voice she can recognize!

Portugal is a land of many traditions and among them, there’s one in particular that has been officially recognized as part of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO this month of December 2019! It is none other than the Caretos from Podence, in Trás-os-Montes e Alto-Douro, Portugal. A millenarian tradition celebrated in Winter, but festivities are more intense on Shrove Tuesday and its previous day.

There are several speculations about its origin and it’s believed to have Celtic roots, from a pre-Roman period. Probably related to the existence of the Gallaeci and Bracari in Galicia and North of Portugal.
A rather interesting theory also speaks of the connection to the Roman Saturnalia, the agricultural god Saturn and Lupercalia festivities, in honour of Pan, god of shepherds and flocks.  And when you think of satyrs and their chase on the nymphs… Well, let’s keep going.

The Caretos are creatures that blur the lines stipulated by religion and profanity, born yearly when groups of men and boys dress in Continue reading