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Nekomata by nepryne Nekomata by nepryne
Just a little something from last year.

The nekomata is a cat monster (for lack of a better word) from japanese myth. They start out as regular cats that, at some point, gain supernatural powers and a split tail.

This one's design is based on a cat of mine who had to be put to sleep last year due to cancer.

Done on paper in a "recycled sketch book" that I bought some time ago, with pencils and white charcoal. The paper unfortunately got wrinkled at some point, and I don't know if it's possible to get it flat again. Maybe I'll try rescanning it when it's not 1:30 in the morning anymore.
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Fribii Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I like your picture, can you draw a pink Nekomata for me ?
Ladydragoncat Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A lovely picture, and a lovely cat.

Feienin Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student General Artist
i really like the concept :) and the texture for the fur is really well done ^_^

I know a trick that works most times for staightening paper: you could place it at the back of a heavy book (that usually works :D ) alternatively you could try ironing it between two sheets of paper on the lowest heat setting ( not sure what effect that would have on the picture since i seldom use charcol )
Shadoritos Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009  Student General Artist
this is a great picture^^ i really love how it blends with the paper. and im sorry to hear about your cat may he (or she) rest in peace
MonsterBrand Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009  Professional Photographer
I've featured this piece here: [link]

Banarok Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
i simply love it the paper blend in so sweetly in with the colours aswell.

xero-stigma Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2009
yay I get to sound smart! ok how the story goes is if a cat lives to be about nine years old and still have its long tail it will become a bakeneko, or a ghost cat, it will gain the ability to stand on it's hinde legs, speak, transform and other super natural powers, and if the cat continues to grow it can get as tall as a full grown man and once it get to that point its tail will split into two and it becomes a nekomata.
XBloodyxSilenceX Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008   Writer
Just to sound smart, I read somewhere they split there tail at 10 years =D And it's a beautiful sketch, sorry to hear about your cat
AnimeNae455 Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks so realistic! I love it!

Its so cute!
defective-fishman Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
I know what it's like to lose a friend like that, I had a dog that got hit by a car while he was chasing alongside it, he died doing what he loved. Oh, and fav'd.
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