Monday, December 16, 2013

Hungry Grass

Illustration inspired by the Irish folk belief in Hungry Grass, a phenomenon whereby a person who stands in the grass where a body was momentarily laid while it was being ferried to the burial ground will be gripped by an insatiable hunger. Here is my victim standing atop the bones of the deceased. A banner comes from between the skull's teeth with the proclamation "Esurio" which is Latin for "to hunger".
I was inspired by illustrations in children's books, I can't think of any one specifically at the moment, but I remember illustrations of food in children's books to be particularly glistening and lurid. I wanted to impart that sensation of surreal unreal "tastiness" for lack of a better description.
You can see the finished Hungry Grass painting at My Good Babushka. Art, Chainmaille Jewelry, and Needlework.

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