Hey guys, I made this Oni aka Demon for the contest of 47 Ronin about beast design. I hope you'll like it! Here is where you can vote. Click on "vote on facebook" you can also " vote on twitter" as second vote:
My lore on oni in particular is perhaps not as good as i would like it to be but i have never heard of them having more then two eyes. The oni that i know of have red tinted skin, thick like an elephant, two or one eye and either two horns or one horn. Wearing a leopard or tiger skin loincloth they pursue both the evil and good with their clubs. May i ask where it is you learned about oni? The best thing i love most about ancient lore is that you can always learn new things about how different areas view them. Im wondering if i heard wrong or perhaps that the oni you portray is an oni type i missed. Please share your thoughts. But anyway very good job witht the art nonetheless. I especially love the Kanabo, my only blunt weapon of choice. Insta fav ^_^
Hey glad that you stopped over my artwork. I decided to change a bit what people mostly know of Oni and make my own version, based on some of the mythology facts of course. As concept artist I prefer to put my own ideas and make it different from the common. So that Is why I put all the eyes and the skin is not that red but there are some red elements on it, which I kept to remind of it.
I see. Again that is what i love about mythology. It can change and evolve and i especially love how new artists interpret what they know into something new. Again great job. I would love to see more of your work with mythology. You can never go wrong with re visualizing myth's.
Although demon is an okay translation for an Oni, their role in mythology is quite diffrent. For instance the Oni has their position in the cosmology because they are created to punish evildoers and guard hell. The devils/demons of Christianity/western world were angels first and fell, then they got the worst job in the universe in maintaing hell. They are also tempters of mortals working to undermine creation and bring about the apocalypse. Oni are just doing their job and are not interested in destroying their world, sure they are evil but they are still a part of the whole.