A reader suggested a Tanuki Green Tea, after seeing the other tea labels, and it occurred to me that I never have painted a tanuki.
There's a reason for that. You've probably already noticed it.
See, tanuki are Asian raccoon dogs--they look sort of like a badger crossed awkwardly with a fox--and you see them frequently in Japanese art. They're considered mischievious spirits, and there are lots of statues of the tanuki and shrines and whatnot. And every single one has HUGE testicles. I don't know why, of all the animals in Japan, the tanuki gets represented with junk bigger than its head, but...well, couldn't very well draw a tanuki and leave out this vital cultural link, now could I? (Frequently, they're even more anatomically correct. This is tame and mild by tanuki representation standards.)
I don't know if it works as a label design, but I did like the tanuki design, at least. And now that I've drawn a tanuki, I can...err...move on with my life, I guess...
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