Translated literally as “ghost whale”, the Bakekujira are animated whale skeletons.that swim near the ocean’s surface, rising as they did in life when they would have had to breathe. Often, a host of eerie birds and strange fish accompany them. Bakekujira appear on rainy nights near coastal whaling villages.
In Japan, a country loaded with vengeful ghosts,Teke Teke is the specter of a young woman who was pushed onto a railway line and cut in half by the oncoming train. Full of revenge and hate against the living,she carries a scythe and travels on either her hands or elbows, her dragging upper torso making the distinctive “teke teke” sound for which she is named. If she encounters anyone at night and the victim is not fast enough, she will slice them in half at the torso to mimic her own disfigurement. Sometimes the victims become Teke Tekes themselves.
He’s done! He’s done! And he’s all ready to go meet his inspiration and go home with him on Halloween at Walker Stalker Con!!
Oh, wow, I can’t wait.
We also did a little photo shoot….
Oh, Mini Freddy, you little badass, you…:)
EDIT Here are some other in-progress pics I had forgotten to include:
Starting off with a plain red cotton fabric, so that I can paint melty skin over it and the red muscle show through from underneath.
A layer of dark pink paint went on first.
While the pink paint dries, I get his hat into position.
Working on his sweater–basically just painting green stripes, a bit grubbily, on a red fleece pullover I made.
Ghastly Portrait, © 2015 Liz Vitale
Please hold that pose! Sacre’ bleu!
You must not move,I implore you!
Ah, your ghastly shroud,your glittering eyes..
My masterpiece will win first prize!
These black sticky notes are perfect for my little ghosts!
Beware. I have found BLACK Post-It Notes!
Spooky Swing, © 2015 Liz Vitale
Swing up high, swing in the dark
It’s fun when we’re the only ones in the park.
When I push you, so, so high,
You can let go and fly, fly, fly!