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Calabash Child by Wolfberry-J Calabash Child by Wolfberry-J
Inspired by the Igbo folktale of Princess Onunaeliaku, a child who could transform to/from a calabash. As to how she came to be adopted by a monarch and his queen, here is a synopsis of the original folktale. It is a myth that explains the introduction of female political office holders into Igbo society.

葫芦娃娃:尼日利亚伊博族的传说

Third in a series inspired by folklore about plant material changing into human form. The first is Resurrection of Nezha. The second is Pineapple Girl.

Media:Adobe Illustrator, watercolor background texture
Illustrator tools/effects used: gradient, gradient mesh, pen, blend, brush, transparency mask, shape tools, feather
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HeyLookASign Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This made me think fondly of the Chinese Calabash Bros! :D
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016
I've never heard of the Calabash Brothers until you mentioned it.  Now I want to watch it! Sounds like a fun series. :-)
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CHOCOLATEREIGN1 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
So cool and HISTORICAL! :happybounce: :D (Big Grin) Clap
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
I'm glad that you like it! Thanks for the fav. :-)
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CHOCOLATEREIGN1 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
You're welcome!
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Babycakes369 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I personally think that you should do more of these interesting plant transmutation folk-tale art because it is amazing I've never seen anything like it. I'm loving it.
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
Thank you for the support and encouragement. :-)
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AoronQinG Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012   General Artist
Wow! :o
Those 小葫蘆slowly transforming!
Your artwork technique and abstract style are amazing !
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
谢谢! :-)
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MajaDalgaard Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work the child is so cute.
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
Thank you :-)
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OLUDAYONBA Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I like this of your style for idea is different in the world. Birth baby is very good.
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Thank you =D
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starcru Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
cute.
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Thanks :-)
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Kyttee Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I just finished reading the story and it's so beautiful! Excellent illustration as well! Keep up the good work!
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Thank you for the support :-) I'm always happy to share a good story. ^_^
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akshay-nair Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist
very very nice luv ur work :)
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Thank you =D
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SundayMilk Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this is beautiful! And very creative
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thank you :-)
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SundayMilk Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem, I can't wait to see more art :)
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
Fantastic work, as always!!!
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Wolfberry-J Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thank you for the fav :-)
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:iconcarloshurtadosoriano:
:iconhugfiveplz: :iconsaysplz: It was a pleasure, dear friend!!!
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