He was meant to be an amalgam of Golem and some Japanese forest spirit hiding in the dark corners of my mind. The Manitou, as I understand it is an amazing transformation spirit animal. As this one is at least partly human, I felt the forest spirit had become an urban one.
This one is all charcoal and I used my fingers to smudge it into this ghostly shape.
I’m really sorry if anyone feels this is appropriation, but I’ve been drawing my own sorts of forest spirits for decades. I’ve also been in love (almost obsessed) with folk tales and spirit stories from around the world since I was about 5. So, feel free to engage me in my understanding of what a Manitou is and I’ll happily share what I know (from the Ojibwe folklore), and gracefully accept any corrections.
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