I use this tumblr to fuel my inspiration as I finish up my first full-length novel, starring a half-crazed werewolf and a desperate man trying to control her.
Here's a hint: he's not doing so well.
PS. It's also taking a while, so there are plenty more wolves to come.
Every five years, at the time of the first snow storm of the winter, a lone Wolf will travel down from the Restless forests and into the Peaceful meadows. The Wolf wrecks havoc, destroys every nest it finds and slaugthers those animals that haven’t found a good enough place to hide, then leaves as suddenly as it came, and won’t be seen for the next half of a decade.
And every time the animals of the meadows will choose the bravest warrior to challenge the beast, believeing and hoping that one year the messanger Bullfinch will fly to the Hiding Place bringing word of a great victory. Then the Peaceful meadows would finally truly be peaceful.
Another illustration assignment. This one was fun; we had to take a classic faery tale and change it in whatever way we want, as long as it held some original context or character from the original telling. My choice was “Little Red Riding Hood,” and I decided to change it into a Japanese Oni-Demon slayer story, which are pretty popular in Japan.
Red Hood, the most talented demon slayer in the land, is assigned a quest by a village girl; to send medicine to the elderly wisewoman who lives at Rashamon Gate, who is her grandmother. However, to get to Rashamon she must pass through the forbidden bamboo forest that seperates the village and the gate. The bamboo forest is haunted by the horrible Oni wolf, which is infamous for killing woodsmen with its big claws, and abducting the maidens who use the stream to clean their clothes. She learns from the villagers that the Wolf hides by turning into mist, and only appears when it hears wood being cut by axes or the ripples in the stream when the maidens touch the water. Red Hood devises a plan; she borrows the girl’s clothes and goes into the forest. Dressed as a maiden and carrying the medicine in a laundry bag, she heads towards the stream. There, she touches the water with her slipper to summon the wolf, which can hear her with its great big ears. The Oni Wolf appears behind her, and says, “What a pretty dress you have.” “The better to hide more knives with,” Red Hood says… and, that’s pretty much brings us up to the scene here.