Yokai by Lexy from Turnip Starfish

Lexy’s been making new Yokai!

What is a yokai? The term yokai is a complicated one to understand. It is often translated in English to mean “monster or demon,” though this translation fails to encompass the full meaning of the word. They are the embodiment of a moment: a feeling of dread and bewilderment, or awe and wonder over an extraordinary event; or a strange sound or peculiar scent that demands an explanation.

Lexy said: Harionago – a Japanese yokai. I don’t know how she popped into my head…but I love the end result.
My friend challenged me with a ‘kingfisher’ colour pallet – I had no idea how to put that together with a yokai, but I think it’s worked out pretty well.

It’s been a while since I last coloured traditionally, I loved it! – Lexy

Don’t forget that we run manga drawing classes in Cardiff if you or your child/ren want to improve your drawing skills. Just google turnip starfish to find out more!

Wiki definition: Her name literally means “Barbed woman” the Harionago is said to be a “beautiful woman with extremely long hair tipped with thorn-like barbs,” Her hair is under her “direct control, and she uses it to ensnare men.” She is said to wander the roads of the Japanese prefecture of Ehime on the island of Shikoku.

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