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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Steering through new beginnings! ~ Lines

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It’s time for the linework!
Permeated with the wishes of sailing full speed ahead, hopefully with less of a bumpy road and clear skies, as the steering wheel works with your efforts and the winds lead the ship through the most beautiful waters!

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Steering through new beginnings!

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A new Lunar Year has started on the 25th January and celebrations will go on until the 8th of February- it’s the (Metal) Rat Year bringing stability and longevity.

This means that besides having the beginning of the new year of 2020, it’s also the beginning of a new decade and even more exciting, it’s the beginning of a new cycle of the 12-year zodiac signs!

The beginning of this new cycle is believed to bring a new wave of new opportunities and chances for each person to make responsible choices that can turn unfortunate or less favourable situations into productive and pleasant factors.

With renewed strength and determination, let’s grab this ship’s wheel and steer it safely into new beginnings with better endings!

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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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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…

Story from Below the Ground
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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