Monday, January 28, 2008

IF - tales and legends

when i was a child, i heard this popular folktale, that some ghoul would kidnap little children who still play outside after sunset. they would take the kid and hide them on trees for days. legend has it, when people found them, these kids usually couldn't speak properly for some time as a shock consequences. some even gets mentally disturbed. for me back then, the story was enough to make my eyes gaze upward on trees if i was still outside at night.. :D

this is probably the darkest illo i've ever made..

19 comments:

Cathy Gatland said...

How grown-ups frighten children to make them behave! That is a scary - but beautifully rendered - illustration

Jess said...

The expression the child's face looks so shocked and bewildered! I love this. You've done a fantastic job.

Mary said...

I love this, it's so creepy and a wonderful idea too. Really like the colours and the gothic feel.

nessadee said...

Scary! but I love the elegant lines of the ghoul and the expression on the child. Very nice!

rbaird said...

What a scary tale!
But a beauttiful illustration!

Forever Young said...

these colours are truly terrific and terrifying too.

hatrabbit said...

I love this one reminds me of Tim Burton. Very ghoulish!

thefridayfrog said...

ohhh e!!! the colors, the expression! the comp is amazing! really really nice piece. seriously spooky, too! :))

platitudinal said...

Hiiiii. Seram sekali!!! Ella my m'bok used to scare me with Kolong Wewe each time I didn't want to stop playing and take a shower. Scarry beautiful! :)

Tony LaRocca said...

Ah, the things grownups will say to get kids to go to bed! Reminds me of the old "Far Side" cartoon where the father tells the kid that if he doesn't stop crying, the Floating Head of Death (a balloon with a scary face) will be summoned. Cute pic.

Alicia Padrón said...

Wow Ella you have a very artistic dark side.. and I mean that as a complement :o) Really good!

janie said...

Deliciously spine chilling, the kind of illustration I would keep going back for another peek as a kid just for the thrill.

sketched out said...

Wow, this is fantastic! I love art that leans a bit to the dark side. This painting is so whimsically, nightmarish.

Too bad adults resort to scare tactics to get kids to behave, but then, we wouldn't have all this great art, right, hee hee.

Bobo Cat said...

perfect illo to go with the phantom.

Monica said...

You can do it all, Ella! Sunny, thoughtful illos and dark, scary ones too, and you do them all with a wonderful technique, lush colors and great composition.

BTW, I've given you the "You Make My Day" award. :-)

Random York said...

This is just Super! What a spooky tale too, just the kind I like! I really enjoy the atmosphere in your illustrationas and the characters too!

Halloweenville said...

i love, LOVE this piece...everythign about it is fantastic...great work

Kimberly Robello said...

This is scary. I love the drawing and the colors you used. It looks fantastic.

ayu said...

hei, sma2 di bandung. kyahaa~

gambarnya menyenangkan.. ^^