4.26.2010

Yokai Screen


Originally the screen was supposed to have a Hyakki Yakō (demon parade) on it but I couldn't find a good print of one and didn't have time to draw something to complicated in two weeks.  Instead I went with Mitsukini Defying the Skeleton Spectre by Utagawa Kuniyoshi.  The shoji screen was also supposed to be old and haunted with eyes showing through, but I couldn't figure out how to do it without looking cartoonish.  I was also going to include some hitodama (will-o-wisp souls) but it was a bit too much.

The yokai are:
kitsune, a fox that turns into a woman to seduce men.  Often they will marry the man and even bear him children before something happens to make her leave, like the family getting a dog, which kitsune fear.
A nekomata, a two-tailed monster cat that stands up on its hind legs, drinks lamp oil and can reanimate corpses.
An Onryō, a ghost of revenge, seen in movies like Juon: The Grudge, Shutter, and Ringu.  Filled with hatred from abuse during their life, they come back for vengeance, unfortunately the one(s) who wronged them often go unscathed while people who just happen to get in its way become victims.  
A Noppera-bō, a trickster ghost with no face.  Sometimes mujina (raccoon dogs or badgers) will take on their appearance to mess with humans.  Noppera-bō will impersonate someone famous or close to the human and then make their features disappear.

Work In Progress

Cat from: ~Loopyker_stock

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