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Kuchisake-onna by DavidGaillet Kuchisake-onna by DavidGaillet
Digital painting with photoshop
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Given 2012-02-12
Kuchisake-onna, gorgeously dynamic illustration by ~DavidGaillet. The incredible lighting really gives the character a tangible weight and volume.

Suggested by ~FallowpenStock, *Starlitdragon, and `Astralseed ( Featured by alicexz )
Gillian9813 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Vandal030 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Fantastic detail, good job.
x-Lilou-chan-x Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Fuhuhu~ that's scary...! I know that japanese urban legend x'DD when I read the title it popped up in my head
Sketch252 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
This is one of the most Beautiful pieces I've seen in a Long time...  Amazing!!!
Maybe if you get a chance you can take a look at my work, and give me your opinion, Like should I even keep going, jk, Kinda...  I've been drawing since I can remember and I'm at one of those points I hear a lot of artist go through, down on their work and thinking about stoping, It Hasn't been easy eithier since my Wife passed away, I have no friends that are artists, but I had her who was really in to my work, and really believed in me, now nobody I know could care less... Unless they want a free piece of work!
Doodah Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sketchevrywir Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
Terrifying in its own way. Beautiful.
GuyWithThePencil Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
It's Beautiful
ShadowDoctrine Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's beautiful artistry! :heart:
ArtbroJohn Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
drawoftheemotional Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This was always my fav urban legend and i like the movies.
DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014
Oh kuchisake onna. I became obsessed with Japanese urban legends several summers ago. And have been in love with them ever since although I think I've gone through most of the more famous ones. I basically know the major ones by heart. So I have a pretty good chance of surviving an encounter with her. But for people who don't know here's how to survive. She usually attacks you by asking you am I pretty. if you say yes she'll remove her surgical mask and slice your face like hers. If you say no she'll straight up kill you. if you say am i pretty she'll stop to think about it and you can runaway. You can also say I have prior engagements to get to and she will politely excuse herself.
Sweetlylou Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful artwork ! :heart:
GrnAce Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, the cloth visual is so unreal. Breathtaking piece :nod:
ultimatede Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013
creepy and awesome
darksoul444 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013
Amazing. All the details, colors and shadows. Her face, her hands. Just perfect.
maurocordeiroanimate Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Ether101 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013
Creepy legend that apparently became real in the 70s.
ANGELWOLFCHILD Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer

This is uttery beautiful, it's so dynamic and feels so real. The lighting really adds dimension to her while the blade and the dress really pays homage to the origins of the story. Fantastic work mate, keep it up.

I love this version of Kuchisake-Onna, this has helped inspire my halloween costume for this year :D

raggajunglist420 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wikkid Piece
za4em9 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting:  the water is perfectly still, just a hint of ripple...  Yet the character is all wavy and windy.  creates a nice other-world-ey feel...  Excellent.
XsilverghostX Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just glad there are escape routes from her! I feel so bad for the spirit that had to become this way...
RatsuTerra48 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Let's put a smile on that face"
Very Cool Picture
The-Torn-One Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I rarely ever see people do a design of Kuchisake-onna in the style of about the same time period as the legend started. Most people do it in the more modern style, but don't get me wrong I love both styles. Thought to me this style, with the kimono instead of a trench coat and surgical mask, is so beautiful and much more terrifying. Your amazing artwork has made me fall in love with one of my favorite yokai even more.
ShaD-23 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Jeff the Killer of Feudal Japan?
Kanadesonya Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
plz know tht jeff the killer does not have boobs
Rowena-Silver Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013
Another amazing piece
incircle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   Digital Artist
damn ! :sprint:
Croix-de-Trefle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
MoonlitFantasy Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully horrifying. I love it! Everything is just great, and the water is very cool.
SabrinaJackson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
Stunning. Love to have this as an illustration to a horror poem.
Bun800 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
I learned about her at Anime Boston this year. Scared the crap out of me then, and your pictures does an equal job now. It's beautiful, everything, until I stare at the face and tweak-out slightly from the joker-like mouth and soulless eyes. Hate to walk into her if I ever visited Japan...
NadyaT Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
perfect, great!
Journie Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, yeah. I heard of this myth at Otakon. I think it was that she cheated on her husband and he found out and cut her mouth saying something like, "No one will think you're pretty now." and in modern times they say the girl wanders around Tokyo at night with a scarf over her mouth. She'll ask people if they think she's pretty and if they say yes she'll take off her scarf. "Do you think I'm pretty now?!" And if you look scared or disgusted, she'll kill you or eat your soul or whatever, but if you're a kid and you still say yes after she takes off her scarf... she'll give you candy. :D
turqouisegirl Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW !!Awesome !!
ziplit Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ziega Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this split face? From CreepyPasta or whatever ._.
Nastrodamus666 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of my favorite old samurai ghost stories. Cool to see it come to life like this.
menoux Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Sweet, I love Japanese folklore!:D
Envy4hearts Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
My fav yokai everXDD You did her good.
sustinens Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Both haunting and beautiful.
keivan-khazaeli Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Artist
so beauty
Ponyitalia12 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! So... awesome! x3
Leki-chan Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Why do I find this so sexy... sexy, yet creepy. <.> x'D
Nanikii Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool!
devaughn6 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012
love the character design and comp good job-bookmarked! keep up the good work
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