illustration of Kodama
Kodama(spirit) Unfinished Painting
(Sketch Photoshop Coloring)

The kodama comes form Japanese folklore. It is a spirit that lives in the trees of the forests. If you cut down a tree that houses a kodama you will have bad luck and misfortune. Most trees that are thought to have a kodama living in it are marked with a shimenawa rope. One of the famous appearances of kodama's was in Hayao Miyazaki's animated film Princess Mononoke. I was inspired by the interpretation of the kodama in the film and added a sort of tale to it like most western stylized ghosts.