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February 16, 2009
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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 )
SophieAlteaki Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Wonderful! Such imagination. I really love tha atmosphere.
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad that you liked it. :)
Selenmariene Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Perfect skaven
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
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. :)
prettypickles Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
Wow very nice
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Thank you. :)
James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Your welcome
EmbracedByDvorovoi Featured By Owner 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.
MoonsongWolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
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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