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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.

AliceTerrarium Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional Traditional 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.
AutumnTheCuzzy Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So lovely! The story behind it is so sweet, too... (I can empathize, I had to put one of my cats down two months ago- she had kidney failure. It's so nice to be able to memorialise your cat like this.)
kimba77 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2007
I LOVE NEKOMATA!!!(good working!)
espers Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007
Aww, it's so sketchy and kitty! Is it because cats are curious that it's making a question mark?
nepryne Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I...was actually going for just some random swirly thing.

But I guess a question mark works well too, haha. :lol:
damega12 Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
i totally thought it was one of those soul-like flames that the bakeneko/ Nekomata are capable of summoning XD
Dirgenesis Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2007  Student General Artist
That's uber cute! I wish i had one ^.^
I'm really sorry to hear about your cat's death... this picture must have been painful to keep.
Nevertheless, I'm glad you did. Even as a sketch it's really good and detailed!
Keep up the good work!
nepryne Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, I will. :)

It actually wasn't that painful for me...yeah, I miss my cat (I had her for eight years, how could I not?), but not to the point where I'll do something like tear up at just the mention of her name (like my sister does...oh boy). I'd rather honor her through pictures - like I did here - than let her dwindle away in my yeah. ^_^
Dirgenesis Featured By Owner May 5, 2007  Student General Artist
hehe, I respect you for that ^__^
There have been a few times I've drawn something then ripped it up because of one reason or another... some good drawings too >_o

I'd like to see this character again in some new work ^.^ Just a thought though~

Again, great work ^__^
paburodaracoon Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007
wooow i want 10!
crystalcat614 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
Aww! It's so cute looking! It reminds me o one my cats!
Keleri Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
re: unwrinkling-- I think my sister had good luck with putting a paper she crushed under a piece of cloth and then ironing it; not sure how that would affect the charcoal, though. I'd imagine it would smudge. x.o
nepryne Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hopefully not too much, as long as the cloth isn't being moved around a lot.

That sounds like it might work. Too bad I don't have an iron or anything similar on me at the moment, or I'd try it. :(
StellarWind Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
So that is what Espeon is based on...
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Eledora Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
The pencil and white charcoal lines give an ancient and fable theme to the whole picture! Really like the cat's eyes here.
gridmaster Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2007
I could never draw that good on paper
Pozem Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice detail and it looks good.
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