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Gris-gris by MoonsongWolf Gris-gris by MoonsongWolf
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
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Given 2009-03-02
Gris-gris by *MoonsongWolf is an intriguing piece both in concept and technique. The colors work wonderfully together here, with that rich red cape and those lovely muted browns used in the background. Definitely a standout piece in their gallery! ( Featured by savagebinn )
:iconsophiealteaki:
Wonderful! Such imagination. I really love tha atmosphere.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
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Selenmariene Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Perfect skaven
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Ha ha, I actually picked up a few skaven models to paint the other day! I don't even play warhammer, but I lvoe their skaven models. :)
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prettypickles Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
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FluffyZeliboba Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Tsk tsk. Give that mask back to the poor 'Guy, he must be crying his eyes out! :giggle:

...I see I'm not the only one who had the same thought looking at the preview. And glad that such an awesome artist also happened to like Shy Guys. :) Great work.
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:iconmoonsongwolf:
Ha ha, yeah, they're definitely the most interesting of the Mario series bad guys, in my opinion. I totally love their character design! :D And I'm glad that you liked this little fellow as well.
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