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You are viewing an original illustration by Christina Stoppa entitled "Devil in a Red Dress." This piece is painted on 8.5" X 11" illustration board. There is a boarder of approximately 0.75" around the image to allow for matting and framing.

Artist's comment: "This is an entry created for a Halloween themed contest. Each entrant was assigned a popular Halloween costume and had to redesign it to include kimono. I was assigned a Devil or Demon as my costume.

They say the devil is the great temptor, so I decided that this costume should be based on the oiran; the great courtesans of Japan. I'm not usually a fan of drawings that feature cleavage and kimono just because I know it's very difficult to actually wear a kimono like that, but in this case I thought the cleavage was appropriate for the seductive nature of the costume. For that reason I also made sure that a bit of the eriashi on the back of her neck was visible too. Her kimono is patterned with spiders and spider webs because I wanted to hint that the Devil would be a sort of Black Widow seductress; one that would lure you in then screw you over after. For the same reason I included roses on her obi. Basically to imply that sometimes the most beautiful flowers have thorns.

Her hair ornaments are based on my Ryuu-sama kanzashi set. Though dragons are not associated with evil in Asian cultures, I chose to use this set more for the appearance of a monstrous creature - that maybe that is the real face of the demon within. Some of her hair ornaments also hint at the traditional devil's pitch fork.

For her makeup, I thought some white contacts and fierce teeth would make her look more creepy. She also has the kanji for Demon painted on her forehead.

I also hinted at the fires of Hell in a few ways. Basically I tried to keep her mostly in shades of red and gold and I depicted her smoking a pipe. She holds the pipe haphazardly because the act of smoking is not what's important, rather the presence of the smoke is. I wanted it to seem that perhaps the smoke would be present whether or not the pipe was. The dragon head dress also clutches "fireballs" in its paws."

Original Media: Gouache, Acrylic Ink, India Ink, Chalk Pastel

Devil in a Red Dress - Original Illustration by Christina Stoppa


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  • Materials: gouache, acrylic ink, india ink, ink, pen, chalk pastel, pastel, illustration board, board
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