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Erin-Claire
Australia
I am a compulsive drawer, I love to have a pencil in my hand and a blank sheet of paper, and watch things appear (on the bus, in my lectures, at 3am when I should be asleep...). I really like to be able to use art to raise awareness of human rights issues, and I love illustrating stories.

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Dangerous Creatures

Journal Entry: Tue Jan 27, 2015, 1:44 AM
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I've been working on a new series of paintings, of dangerous (and tricksy!) creatures from Celtic and British mythology. So far I have finished an adventurer (to set the scene), a Baobhan Sith, the Each Uisge, and a Drowner. These are all very unseelie wights! Next I would like to paint some Trows, who are not malicious, but are dangerous all the same if they exchange someone you love for a changeling!

Adventurer by erinclaireb   Baobhan Sith by erinclaireb
     The Adventurer                                                    A Baobhan Sith

Each Uisge by erinclaireb   Fideal by erinclaireb
     The Each Uisge                                                     A Drowner

I also finally (and very belatedly) finished off some prizes for the winners of the latest contests over at :icongrimgloomtale:

For akitku, who won the 'The Adventure Begins' contest, a painting of her character Rhode:

Rhode by erinclaireb

For nokeek, who won the 'So Much Water' contest, a painting with trees and a dreamy feeling, and a bit of Doctor Who!

Just a little something in the woods by erinclaireb

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Gancanagh - close-up by erinclaireb
Gancanagh - close-up
Just a close up of the Ganconer and his come-hither expression...
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Gancanagh by erinclaireb
Gancanagh
watercolour (dangerous creatures from folklore series)

Beware maidens! (Although I doubt his insatiable appetite will stop at them...)

The Gancanagh, or Love-Talker, is a smooth-talking, handsome wight often found in lonely valleys. While some accounts have him as a rather amorous trickster, prone to gossiping about his conquests, more commonly he is portrayed as a much less seelie creature. The Gancanagh seduces his victims, to their delight, until he tires of them and disappears - literally. Lovestruck women (and men perhaps?) pine for him, growing weaker and weaker as they search for something they will never find again, refusing sustenance until eventually they fade away and die of their loss and lovesickness. One line of argument suggests his victims are literally addicted to him, and the withdrawal and craving kills them.

Yeats wrote of the Gancanagh that "he personated love and idleness, and always appeared with a dudeen in his jaw in lonesome valleys, and it was his custom to make love to shepherdesses and milkmaids."

Even some of the little tree sprites here are rather enamoured of him (except that one with the beak, she's had enough of this nonsense!)

At first glance the Gancanagh appears as a well-dressed young man, and there are no tell-tale signs of his eldritch origins (unlike the Baobhan Sith, whose hooves conveniently give her away). However, he is commonly found carrying a pipe, and some legends claim he casts no shadow. (So, you know, if you have any particularly suave, eloquent and good-looking friends who smoke a pipe, check their shadows!)

As a side note, when this was at the lineart stage I was told "he would look kind of grandfatherly... but his expression is absolutely filthy!" ;-) here's a little closeup of that expression...
 Gancanagh - close-up by erinclaireb
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AnnSofieVejs Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New member  Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the fave and the watch!! :D (Big Grin)  you have a lovely gallery! 
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PiccolaPan Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't know if I already told you that when I started watching, but I really love your gallery and your works! :love: Each one makes me wonder about the characters' stories. It looks like they came out of a fairy tale! I love them so much! :deviation:
And, I almost forgot, I really really like your dangerous creatures from folklore: both the paintings and their stories! Your Each Uisge made me want to draw one of my own! I can't wait to see more of them! :aww:
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Hi Cecy, thankyou so much for such a lovely message, I was really really touched to get it! I'm so glad that my paintings inspire you (please let me know if you do an Each Uisge, I would love to see your version of it!) and especially glad that they make you wonder about the character's stories (the goal of all illustrators haha). Thankyou so much :hug:
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PiccolaPan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi Erin-Claire!
Thank you very much for your kind reply! I was so happy to read it! And a super big "thank you!" for following me on fb too! That was a wonderful surprise for me! :hug:
I promise I'll translate the descriptions of my works at least in English and post them all on DA too, as soon as I have time to do it! ;P For now, thank you again for visiting my little blog and fb page! I'm just so happy! :happybounce:
About the Each Uisge I drew my version some days ago and it's still unfinished. Moreover, as I'm posting all my works on my worpress blog twice a week starting from those made in 2001 and the latest that I publushed today are from 2012, it will take some more time before my Each Uisge is published. But I promise that when it is online, I'll immediately tell you (or, if you want, you can follow the blog too to receive an e-mail when new drawings are online)!
Again, thank you for everything! :aww:
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jessehbechtold Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
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TexasDallas Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your style! I would have faved, but there were too many things that I liked and I didn't want to flood your notifications. :D
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015
Thankyou! And thanks for the watch :)
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TexasDallas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! :)
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JohnPatience Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015
Thanks for the fave  :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015
Thanks for the fave! :)
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Gambargin Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2015
Hi Erin, my apology for getting back to you late, but I really appreciate kind words you gave! You are very generous with your compliments :D.

I'm glad that you found my works on women warriors to be to your liking, but the your works on the other hand, humbled me. If drawing can speak, it would be your works, because the softness of it simply makes it pleasant to see :). Keep doing the awesome job and I hope that my future works wont disappoint!

And yes, it's good to meet fellow deviants from Oz :D
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
Oh wow, that is one of the loveliest comments I've had about my art! Thankyou so much :blush:

I'm looking forward to seeing much more of your art!
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peet Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm a big fan of this illustrative story-book style. Your colours, compositions and subject matter take one on a journey, and are perfect examples of escapism. Just what the doctor orders on a daily basis, at least for me ;). Keep up the wonderful work! :+devwatch:
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Hi Peet, thank you so much for such a lovely, encouraging, and generous comment! Also, so glad you commented because now I have found your wonderful gallery to watch back! Added to my devWatch!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014
Thanks for the watch!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
My pleasure, looking forward to seeing new art! :)
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EvaGataArtist Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
dearest Erin, thanks a lot for your kind support <3
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Achen089 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
A little late but happy birthday, Erin! I hope you had a lovely day. :)
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Thanks so much Athina! It looks like I missed your birthday the day before too - happy birthday to you as well! (actually, I will go and write it on your wall, it's always more fun to have birthday messages where you can go back to them :) )
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spookyscarycows Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What an inspiring collection to stumble on! Great find. And happy belated birthday!
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Thanks very much! And I'm so touched that you find it inspiring :)
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Fawkees Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah! I love your worrk! The stories, colour.. it's really inspiring to see ^-^
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Thanks so much! I really appreciate your kind words! :)
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Happy birthday! :cake:
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erinclaireb Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
Thanks! :)
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