As with all my projects, I do loads of research beforehand–trying to get into the core of the product, theme, or event. I notice that Voodoo (or Vudon/ Vodoun) is something that scares a lot of people in the Western world because of what has been portrayed in horror movies and the media (as with Wiccan beliefs). Researching it made me understand that it’s a valid religion not particularly associated with darkness, but with all things, there are a few bad apples along the way. More info here. It’s a cliche, but knowledge is power–to understand differences and realize similarities. As an artist, I find that researching unfamiliar topics broadens my creative vision and style.
In the voodoo research, chickens are used in religious ceremonies. The black chicken is used to absorb evil spirits, while the white chicken is used to cleanse the spirit. Influenced by this, I did a little creative licensing. In my artwork, the body of the chicken houses spirits, while it’s plucking away at savory little eyeballs. The drawing was first created in pencil, then cleaned up, and digitally colored and texturized. View Larger Image.