Spooky Fairy Tales, Anyone? Also, Cats Cats Caaats

Hi Ya’ll! I thought I would take a moment to share my most recent, finished piece of work with everyone!

This piece is watercolor and ink on cold press paper and is based off of one of my favorite Japanese fairy tales, The Boy Who Drew Cats.

For those of you who have never heard of this fairy tale, you can read a pretty good translation here, if you can’t guess…it is a story about a boy who only ever draws cats. Cats. Cats. Cats.

I also like Wikipedia’s synopsis, and the addition of all the cats having bloody mouths, creeeeppy.

Anyways, I really wanted to bring out some of the spookier elements of the story (I’ve always felt that the Japanese have a wonderful grasp on horror). This was an assignment for school and I was limited to black, white and grey, which lent itself fairly well to this scene of the story, where our cat loving little protagonist has fallen asleep in the temple after drawing,……catscatscats. I have also been working hard to create a sense of space in my paintings (usually they are terribly flat). I think I was successful in here!

I really would like to paint some more creepy fairy tale scenes! Do you have any suggestions? What do you think of The Boy Who Drew Cats and my adaptation of it?

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Halloweeen Is Coming!

It’s October! The spookies month of the year…culminating in my favorite holiday, All Hallows Eve!

I did a silly/sweet Vampire shoot with Xzone9 last week and his assistant Odrina got me all dressed up in an outfit that reminded me a bit of Claudia, from Interview with a Vampire, if only because it was a cute vintage-ish spin on vampires (I really just CAN’T be conventionally scary, sorry ahha)

Me being a terribly "scary" vampire.

Now I know most of us are damn tired of Vampires by now (I am atleast) but, if you have not either read Interview with the Vampire By Anne Rice or viewed the film, you should certainly put that on your Halloween To-do list! Anne Rice is a superb author whose writing is dark, rich and alluring.

Speaking of spooky books and films, do ya’ll have any favorites? I’d love for you to share!

Also, in my shoot I wore a creepy cute crucifix, hand made by my lovely friend Michelle. She sells her pieces on Etsy and they would be perfect for Halloween, so click the pic and check her out n_n

Now I am off to decorate my lawn with spooky fun things!

I’d love to hear about how you all celebrate my favorite holiday!