In the realm of archetypes and symbolism, masks are typically associated with deceit, hidden motives, and the concealment of the true "self." Oftentimes, it takes a person who is honest and unafraid of their inner self to look at a mask without feeling some amount of discomfort.
Needless to say, masks creep me right the hell out.
I would like to say that everything in this painting is deeply symbolic, but it's not. I just wanted to draw a rat in a shyguy mask. He's been sitting around, unfinished, in my sketchbook for almost six months, and I decided that it was finally time to paint him.
He wants to sell you a gris-gris. Would you feel comfortable buying anything from this guy?
Medium: Gouache and some photoshop work. The original is in black and white. Long story short, I didn't want to ruin it, so I digitally added in some of the red. Sorry, purists.
Artwork is © *MoonsongWolf