Hi friends old and new!
This is CRAZY! >.< #INKtober’s Over … Now What?!
Wow! 😳 No really … as of today, #INKtober’s over. 😓
Today’s the last day but guess what y’all … kawaii (creative) achievement UN-frakkin’-LOCKED! ^.^
In four years I’ve never completed a full #INKtober. But this year, I’m finishing strong! 💪🏾✨
Today I’ll be sure to share my last illustration for #INKtober. And later, my goals for November.
But before we hop to it, here’s a quick recap of the month.
Here are a few of my absolute favourites from this year’s #INKtober.
Since it’s Halloween, I thought I’d explore the Japanese folklore of cat ghost.
… it’s Halloween, I like cats, and the story of bakeneko and nekomata tickle my fancy …
So it fits! *kanye shrug*
And I decided to spend my last three days (Sat – Mon) of intense practice putting in some intense work.
In Japanese folklore, bakeneko and nekomata are among the magical cat yokai.
The translation of bakeneko would be “Changing Cat”. So they’re shape shifter spirits, specifically. Nekomata, however, are unable to change form.😿
Traditionally, bakeneko are known to take human (or near-human) shape.
Some bakeneko maintain a cat form, but they are able to speak human language and wear human clothes.
😺Where the Story Begins😸
At the time cats began to populate Japan, most of the country lived on vegetables and grains.
But cats are carnivores and need high amounts of protein.😼
So cats commonly stood on their hind legs and licked fish oil. At that time heavy supplies were found in homes since it was used as fuel for oil lamps.🙀
As they stood, their shadows would elongate, looking more human and frightening their owners. 🙈😹
Aside from the story itself, I am also inspired by bakeneko being a popular ukiyo-e subject in Edo period. (←my favorite period in Japanese history ✨)
Many stories include a human in the foreground. Adding a giant cat in the background shows the human’s true soul.
The true bekeneko.
I want to keep this creative momentum going without neglecting my business building to-do’s^^
So here are my goals for November ~
create an #INKtober round-up video for ipukekawaiiTV
start Nov/ Dec’s creative project – 10 inspiring women illustration/ blog project (more about that as I progress)
Move #supportLIPS fundraiser to Patreon (I’ll have to pause this one to put some other things in place, first … my OCD’s lol)
start defining art exploration
create art exploration curriculum
start bringing ideas for my personal brand to life
I think that’s enough for one month! 👯
Leave comments with some of your goals this month.
And let’s hold each other accountable. ^.^