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Wolf + Woodsman by Twelfthgecko Wolf + Woodsman by Twelfthgecko
"Beware the wicked and wily wolf,"
they said. "The woodsman will guide you through."

"Trust not the dark and devious wolf,"
they said. "The woodsman will guide you through."

I put on my red hood. I put on my black boots.
"I will beware the wily wolf," I said. "The woodsman will guide me through."

But truthfully
I am seeing both
wolf and woodsman

We met halfway in the wood,
we three
and spent the night in violent coitus:
wolf, woodsman, and me.

Everything was going fine
Till from my white breast the woodsman cut my
ever-beating heart.
He served it to the wolf. He said:
"Dine."

So I let down my hood
and I let down my hair
I cut them both open and crawled inside
and it was there I spent the night.

Now the wolf's fine silver pelt is mine
And the woodsman's shining axe, it's mine.
And the wolf's gleaming teeth? they're mine
And the woodsman's white bones, they're mine

So little boys so cruel, little boys beware
Treat your brides-to-be with care
Or we'll strip you of both hide and hair
Lick clean your bones and leave them bare.

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So I wrote the poem and then I got so jazzed about it I decided I wanted to do a whole series of smutty Red Riding Hood illustrations. I did an hour speed-sketching and did like twelve scribbly illustrations for this and I really want to do the whole book and silkscreen it but...........not gonna lie, this one nearly killed me. OTL It was like 60+ hours of digital painting in my ancient version of openCanvas. God I am so slow I must learn to be more efficient j^j OH WELLLL~ If you like it please fav/comment, I worked rly hard so I would appreciate the attention! (shameless lol) <3
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Marethyn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Loved both the poem and the painting, wonderful work.
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AleksandraTorbina Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
I faved it long ago but I've read the poem only a few minutes ago. Golly! It is so astonishing and creepy!! I'm well-shocked )))
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Huks905 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
The image is perfect (I adore the wolf) and the poem is amazing.
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Bh-Alt-13L Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Loved it!!!
Everything is just perfect, the poem, the image.
It has something so childish yet incredibly precocious.
<3
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PyroPanda Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
ah looove the colour and line. really slick and all well balanced without being flat and boring. it pops out and it's pretty damn funky : )
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2011
thank you!
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BurningBridges44 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, Little Red Riding Hood. My favorite fairytale when I was little.
Picture is epic.
Poem is kickass.
That is all....:heart:
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
Thank you so much! :3
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HannaKN Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I love the use of the three colours to make the shapes, It's a very compelling picture.
You should try to make a short story of it! illustrate all the parts of the poem to make a little storybook. (This kinda looks like a cover for just such a story)
Anyways, it inspired me to perhaps do some kind of Halloween themed picture
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011
I do want to make a book of it! ...But...this illustration alone took so much effort I am a little...daunted....... Ha ha, anyway, thank you!
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HannaKN Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
He he, I see^^ But if you're really interested you could make the storybook more sketchy and "unfinished" especially if it's together with text or poems.
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nelfalot Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011   Digital Artist
That poem and this picture are AWESOME!:heart: I especially like their shoes, for some reason...:D
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Hee hee thank you! I had fun with the shoes :B
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AmadeusDraper Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
The only thing I have to say is it looks kinda...orange from where I'm sitting. It doesn't distract from the piece by itself but maybe using a subtle range of orange would help distinguish contours? I don't know a frikkin' thing so feel free to ignore me!

Otherwise, it's frikkin' amazing and I would buy that book. :heart:
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Hmmm I was going for an orangey-red when I painted it but tbh my computer monitors are probably all kinds of off. So, if it looks weird that's probably my bad for not having my monitors properly...calibrated or whatever....... :shrug: Thanks tho! :D
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AmadeusDraper Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Of course, it could also be MY computer monitor that's off, so again - c'est la vie, it's still made of awesome-sauce! XD
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nessisaurus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
this really blew me away when i caught it on tumblr! i adore your poetry too, its been a long time since ive seen a poem in that style and youve done the writing and the drawing so wonderfully. id love to draw these characters, would that be alright?? the whole story is just so lovely and alluring!!
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
thank you so much! And of course that's cool, just leave credit/a linkback or whatevs :3 I would love to see what someone else does with them tbh!
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RAWRItzKat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! I love the color scheme especially c:
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
thank you!
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Pen-Murderer Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
well...the drawing is good (but usually all your drawings are good)
but the poem...I thought it was from some other -professional- place like a compilation of old poems

If I were to choose, I would pick the poem, it's really really good :D
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
thank you! Yeah I used to write poetry in highschool but this is the first one I've written in a long long time :0
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DanielBradford Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
your skill in design & composition is skyrocketing!
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Nah it's just a fluke. I'll go back to drawing stick figures with crayons soon enough......... :B
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ZombieDaisuke Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Digital Artist
This is amazing! The colorsss! The concept!
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
thank you! :3
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PacificToast Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I should have expected something this amazing and creative from you, but I didn't, and I really love this piece, especially the exceptionally fashionable three color scheme and fkdanfdk Just so good.
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Aww thank you! Yeah tbh I kinda surprised myself with this one :0 It just sorta *happened* rofl
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PacificToast Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet results. You're welcome c:
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SpazzieMegz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011   Writer
The poem is amazing, but the art is even better. Excellent use of color! I'm always a fan of the "white/red/black" combination. Very eerie. Love it!
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
thank you! C:
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Nessiefidelity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
OH MY GOD

thats freekin amazing~!!!!!!!

WANT!!!!!!!


and the poem is amazing toooooooooo~
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Thank you! <3 :B
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Nessiefidelity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
you are SO welcome~~~

I love your style!! Its so unique~~~
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Twelfthgecko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011
Yeah I used to be super into anime but now that I'm getting older my style is kind of changing...it kind of took on a mind of its own lolololol
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Nessiefidelity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
^^" I love that~!!!

I dun really have a style.... its always changing...right now, its at a realistical-video game quality.....
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