Monday, January 28, 2008

Kappa

For IF's challenge: packed.
A kappa is a pretty disgusting creature in Japanese literature, whose head is hollow like a bowl on top. It attacks human beings in a rather rude way and has a fondness for cucumbers. One can trick it by bowing to it; when it returns the bow, it spills the water in the bowl that is its head, and therefore loses its power and becomes harmless. This kappa has had even more bad luck and lost its body entirely. His head is now used for storing light. This drawing was made with graphite on coquille paper.

5 comments:

Connie said...

A fascinating tale and a fine illustration of it. It makes me want to go study more about things Japanese!

frank h. said...

good story and good drawing!

Juan Martín Boné said...

A good interpretation of PACKED

Katie said...

Thanks for wonderful story and great visual to go along with it. I have never heard of that before.

INDIGENE said...

Whoa! What a different story...I love your graphite work, too! You're amazing!

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