Along Came a Spider by AruarianDancer
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Along Came a Spider

by AruarianDancer in Fantasy

A painting created for the Enchanted Visions Project monthly theme of the same title.

Inspiration from the folklore demon "Joro Gumo" from my native country, Japan. She is a lady of the night by day, a giant man-eating spider by night. I made her into an 'oiran' (a high-end prostitute) all decked up in fine silk kimono and with an ornately decorated hairstyle. Note her obi is tied in the front because of the nature of her daytime job. She is captured here in the sunset when the day ends and the night begins -- a dangerous hour for any unsuspecting man that happens to come her way.

Line art in biro on paper, scanned image colored (free hand) in Corel Painter using Intuos 3 tablet.

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  • Aki

    Aki

    Congratulations, AruarianDancer!

    On behalf of my fellow gallery moderators, I am happy to share the news that your beautiful creation was selected for the Daily Feature Award and is now in rotation on the front page of Shadowness!

    This piece can be seen under the "star" menu at the top of every page, and it will also be featured in the next issue of "Daily Inspirations"! fb.com/shadowness

    16 hours ago Reply
  • BettaArtusiArt

    BettaArtusiArt

    VERY beautiful!

    Sep 22nd, 2011 Reply
  • QuakerNinja

    QuakerNinja

    Thank you for the fantastic artwork, I am enjoying everyone of them. If you are ever open for commisions and I have the funding, I would like one of my own.

    Jul 13th, 2011 Reply
  • arwendelyon

    arwendelyon

    Wickedly beautiful. The artwork for this one especially tells a story.

    Jul 8th, 2011 Reply
    • AruarianDancer

      AruarianDancer

      Thank you. I'm originally from Japan, and there are a lot of fascinating folklore and ghost stories. "Joro Gumo" is such a femme fetale. When I was given the prompt of "Along Came a Spider", she immediately came to my mind. I knew I would have a very distinct piece at the Enchanted Visions for this one.

      Jul 8th, 2011 Reply
  • JurgenDoe

    JurgenDoe

    .. the colours are so magnificent and wonderful

    Jul 6th, 2011 Reply Subscriber
  • LadyFanhir

    LadyFanhir

    I looove it!!! Your interpretation of this theme is so wonderful!!!
    You make a fantasy and "romantic" colors and style with a theme that is nearly a bit gothic! :D

    Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • AruarianDancer

      AruarianDancer

      I love how you wrapped it all up! I guess this one has the hint of darkness not found on most of my pieces, huh? :)

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • LadyFanhir

      LadyFanhir

      Oh no... If one day you make a very dark work, i think i'll faint for the surprise, lol... Your art, as i said, has a sort of spiritual.... precisely as if it might depart the darkness...

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply
    • AruarianDancer

      AruarianDancer

      Dark side is not something I am at by my default setting lol, but I can certainly go there if I wanted to. I was wanting to do something dark a couple of weeks ago, but then something else tugged at my heart and I just went with it. I'm currently working on a piece called "Thep Kinnaree", a mythical half-bird/half-human creature from Buddhism. ^_^

      Jul 6th, 2011 Reply