Alphabeasts: F is for Fetch

A fetch is a supernatural double or apparition of a living person in Irish folklore, kinda like the German doppelgänger. A sighting of a fetch is generally taken as a portent of its exemplar's looming death, so this mythological creature resonated with me. I've been dealing with these types of thoughts and fears since my accident now over two years ago. The instant this image came to me, I envisioned it as a two-color illo, but I like the straight line art, too: just black & white.... I drew this up in Manga Studio, which I'm loving more each day. Here's my initial rough sketch (below). I inked over it on another layer with the MS pen tool. From the get-go, I saw this as a dark twist on the mirror scene in the Marx Brothers' Duck Soup. I didn't look up a photo or video until after I finished the drawing, but then I've seen it so many times, it's pretty much etched in my brain. Alphabeasts is a 26-week project, a blog where artists of all types and stripes contribute a mythical beastie any old way that suits them, as long as it's a new drawing or sketch of a creature whose name begins with the letter for that week. Check out a cornucopia of crazy creatures by an amazing array of artists at the Alphabeasts archive, and be sure to check in every Monday.

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