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Many Masks - Illustration

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    I did this illustration for a site called the Papercub Club. The site is a side project of illustrator Robin Boyden, where illustrators write and illustrate stories for kids and adults. Robin invited me to submit something for his project. This is what I came up with. The piece is titled Many Masks and the story goes as follows:

     At high tide the low lying plains flood with black water. Mudslider longtails collect just below the surface, foraging for mussels trapped in the mix of silt and seaweed. At these times they can be easily netted, but there is a catch. It is said that the soul of a netted mudslider-fish will remember the face of its captor and will bring ill-fortune to the fisherman’s family. For that reason, it is wise to to wear many masks to conceal one’s identity. After a good catch, a feast usually follows.