Here's a concept art of the Hungry Ghost.
Permit me to explain the Hungry Ghost from the Chinese tradition:
There’s always a month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar when the gates of hell will open up, permitting access for the departed to enter the realm of the living. It is the only time where the spirits of the dead, of which their death occurred under unfortunate circumstances and were not given proper ceremonial burial, return to the realm of the living to feast for a month. These spirits are called the Hungry Ghosts. For one whole month, the Chinese community will burn offerings from ‘hell notes’, to paper houses, paper cars and other things that will allow the departed a comfortable afterlife. Foods are also offered during this time and are usually placed at the entrance of one’s dwelling.
These ghosts had long necks, usually needle thin, and are considered to be dangerous when encountered. Children are advised by the elderly not to roam outside of the vicinity of their home when night falls for the fear of possession and swimming is also prohibited as some of these malicious spirits are believed to have drowned people. They may come in the form of many things; from humans to animals and meeting one, is never a good sign.
This portrait art was drawn by accident; a result of an unexpected drawing session when I was fooling around with light and dark values coupled with a beautiful instrumental music singing in to my ears. Anyway, she's based off no one, so her facial proportions may be wrong.
And since she's already 'drawn', might as well I make her a character for the World Within Worlds story: Diane Cohen, the deceased wife of David Cohen. An intelligent and beautiful woman with a heart of gold despite her wealthy background. She held a great respect for David Cohen back when they were youths and fell in love with him when they first met in class. However, 5 years after their marriage, she was cruelly murdered and was mutilated. Her death was the cause of David's insanity for their love for one another was so deep that losing either one could very well mean the death of the other.
Feel free to REmix though. I'd like to hear others' thought of this character as well...just don't make her in to a whore of some sort. :)
A concept art from what I might call a more 'productive day'. A little back story to this:
"Set in a fantasy London during the late 18th century, this is a story about rookie detective, David Cohen, who had just been released from an asylum after he was deemed sane enough to leave. His decision to retake his job as detective was not an easy one to make. Soon after he resumed his role, he was assigned to investigate what would be known as the most notorious series of murders in England's history. As the investigation goes on, David began to suffer auditory and visual hallucinations, discovering that he could enter in to a psychotic world which would eventually lead him to the murderer by succumbing to his own madness..."
P.S I still can't figure out if the title should be World Within Worlds or Worlds Within World or Worlds Within Worlds... :s
Got in to a pickle with myself (yes, you read that right) and came with another abstract illustration. Dunno what's this is all about...no idea
"He worshipped the ground she stood on. And so with great fervor, he asked her to move."
Text RECord originally by Joab Nevo http://www.hitrecord.org/records/793223
and REmixed by RegularJoe.
P.S Rather than doing a literal interpretation of the story, this is what I had in mind; A boy flicking a lady bug that was on his 'worshipped' ground.
"The angel embraced him gently as he broke free from the demon's clenching claws"
Thought I made something with a tad of drama in it.
*On the 'RE: My Favourite Things' collab side, well, my favourite things in life usually involve that of mythical creatures and its lot. Drawing them out in a somewhat contradicting concept always tickle me fancy, for example, as illustrated in this RECord; while we always see cherubs as cute little baby angels, a little twist like this never fail to come up in my mind and I just love doing illustrations like this.
"Wake me up when it has all ended."
Whatever it is, please REmix to your heart's content :)