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The Ribbon by secondlina The Ribbon by secondlina
Drew an entry for the collective “Ghostbook” comic/artbook kickstarter. I wasn’t picked to be in the book, unfortunately, but I still get to back and behold an amazing project, so that’s all pretty awesome, generally! Haha!

The story behind this piece is inspired by the old urban tale of the ribbon. That tale goes a bit like this :

There was once a pretty lady who always wore a ribbon around her neck. She wore the ribbon when she slept, when she went to church and every single time she went out. No one ever saw her without her ribbon. One day she met a young man and they fell deeply in love. When he noticed the ribbon was always there, he asked “Why do you wear that ribbon?” She just smiled and said, “I’ll tell you when we get married one day.”

Four months later they were married and living happily together. Whenever he asked her why she wore the ribbon, she would say, “I’ll tell you someday, just don’t take it off.” One night he couldn’t take it anymore and had to know why she wore the ribbon. He snuck up on her when she was sleeping and slowly loosened the ribbon.

As soon as he untied it, her head fell off and rolled to her husband’s feet. The eyes opened and the head yelled, “I TOLD YOU NOT TO REMOVE MY RIBBON!!!” The poor man went mad and was never seen again.

One of the camp councelors when I was a kid liked to tell a less scary version, and a more tragic version, where the ghost was doing all of this to be with the man she loved before her death and he basically removes the ribbon when little details hint at the fact that she is dead, to free her. In their last moments, she’s turning intangible, so he can’t even hold her until she fades away.

I do belive that camp councelor was a romantic.

Check out the kickstarter right here. You know you want to : [link]
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PookaGoneRabid Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
My Mom used to tell me that story, I has almost forgotten it until I saw this.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013
This stoy seems to have been told to many people. I love that!
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ThinkChimerical Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student General Artist
ALL the DETAILS!!!!
This is amazing!!!
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner May 30, 2013
Thanks! :)
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Alberthein1 Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
I quite like that councelor's version of it.. it's really bittersweet..
However, the image seems to illustrate it in some way where the man's face seems to know what he was doing when he untied that ribbon.. like he felt it was necessary to let her go and free her despite how their current situation might seem like it's okay if she stays.
I think it's a wonderful rendition of the story.
..I quite love it ^^
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secondlina Featured By Owner May 24, 2013
It's very bittersweet, but beautiful.
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JocastaTheWeird Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that story. A different version, but still familiar.
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
I suddenly noticed that the blood flowing from her neck is in the shape of red fish--what a brilliant touch. Either that, or my knack for seeing shapes in inanimate objects is happening again. :giggle:
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Actually, it's just shaped like a drop, but a fish could have been cool :)
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:iconglowworm56:
glowworm56 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
Yeah, it's about 12:12 at night. I have a strange knack for seeing shapes in inanimate objects with textures--like tablecloths and rugs--not shapes--people, animals, cartoon characters--I could tell an entire story out of those things.
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Merlenyn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
I remember a version of this story from an old book (that I sadly no longer have) of short creepy stories... but it started I think when they were kids and the boy kept asking and she would just say she'd tell him someday and they grew up together and got married (and had kids? i can't remember) and it wasn't until they were old I think and she was sick or something when she finally told him to take off the ribbon and he did... and her head fell off and she died. So it was creepy and sad at the same time. I wish I could remember the name of the book and find it again. something about "13 scary stories" or such I think.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
A couple of people mentioned this "13 scary stories book....
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Merlenyn Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
I was somewhat wrong about the title of the book. I just did some hunting and found the book I remember. It's titled "In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Stories" by Alvin Schwartz and the story itself is titled "The Green Ribbon". The artist for this book is Dirk Zimmer. I also found a video reading of the story (only a couple minutes long) with the pictures I remember from the book. It's very short, but when you're a young child reading the stories... they're quite creepy. [link] here's the video if you'd care to watch and see the story I remember. :)

That being said, I do love this piece.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013
Oh, thanks for the link! This is awesome!
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:iconmerlenyn:
Merlenyn Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
You're welcome! :) Glad you enjoyed it!
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LizzywithaWhy Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, I know this one! I once heard a weird version of this story - the woman was sewn together like a doll and pulling off the ribbon unraveled all her stitches.
The emotions in this picture are stunning! Nice use of the hairskulls, too.
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
That sounds like a really neat version, actually.
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darkwater-pirate Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
Gorgeous! The emotion in this is so potent.
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Thanks! :)
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KuriosiT-kat Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Je me rapelle de cette histoire. tellement triste... (je connais la version romantique surtout hehe)

un tres beau illustration! ca montre bien l'emotion et youpi pour les cranes mignons~~
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Hahahah merci! vive les crânes mignons
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Vedette9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember that one! I read a version illustrated by Maurice Sendak (I think), but they meet as children and grow up together and she lets him remove the ribbon when she's on her deathbed.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I love that version :)
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XtransylvanianX Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
We were told a slightly different version, as children. It was during the French Revolution, and the young man met the girl outside the gallows one stormy night. She was beautiful, and alone. She seemed lost, and mute, so he covered her in his coat and took her home. He nursed her out of the shell she was in, and she began to talk and smile. After awhile, they fell in love and were married. The man would ask about her ribbon, but she always told him that someday she would explain to him, but he must never touch it. From there, the story ends the same as yours.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Wow. That's AWESOME.
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XtransylvanianX Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013
Yours is good, too. :)
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baren777 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
the version i heard growing up was the green ribbon,
where a little girl always wore a ribbon and one day the neighbor boy asked her about it, and she said "when the time is right, i'll tell you." they get older, date, and get married, and everytime he asks, she gives the same answer. then when they were old and she was on her death bed she said he could remove the ribbon and he would understand why she never told him before. when he takes it off, her head rolls onto the floor.

it never really scared me for some reason.

I really like your drawing tho. ^^ very pretty
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I think that version is sweeter then the ribbon removed forcefully one. Because the ghost is kind, it's love that transcends death.
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Found it on youtube! [link]
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Neat!
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Reminds me of a book a kid brought with them to camp years ago "In a Dark Dark Room, and other scary stories." The tale was called "The Green Ribbon" and I still see it from time to time during Halloween at Barnes and Nobles.

That version was actually rather benign compared to yours. Basically a girl and boy grow up together--the girl always wore a green ribbon around her neck--whenever the boy asked about it, the girl would tell him she'd tell him about it when they did completed some sort of event--such as after they completed high school--and when he asked then--she'd say she'd tell him when they went to college and after that when they got married--and so on. Anyhow, I think it ended with the woman dying or rather ill, and telling her husband that he could finally undo the ribbon and learn why she wore it. Then her head falls off. Rather melencholic rather than scary if you ask me. One of our counselors also told it to us--basically straight forward--the same as the book version only with different names.

Very well done.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I also heard the one with the woman only loosing the ribbon at old age, but the one I was most often told was the one where the ribbon is forcefully removed, probably because it's creepier...
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glowworm56 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Needless to say, it definately sticks with you once you've heard it.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
For sure.
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PBandSugar Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG I love that story. This is a very nice picture by the way. :)
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FrancescaDea Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I just lo ok the draw... It's cool! Great!
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thanks!
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Kagzchan Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Such a bittersweet story, I like your councelors version better. Your art is wicked awesome as always I love those skulls.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I do too. Clever councelor.
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
J'adore le style et les cheveux de la fille, et surtout lafaçon dont elle semble se raccrocher à lui, peut-être en lui faisant des reproches... =)
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Ouais, je voulait que son regard ait l'air de dire "pourquoi"
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Lweeling Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
C'est réussi! :D
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brookelydrawsstuff Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful =) I just love your lines!
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:iconsecondlina:
secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Thanks!
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DewelynC Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Her hair is amazing! And I had never heard of that story before, so thank you. :D It sounds cool.
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Guess you escaped the girl scouts and day camps as a kid hahaha!
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DewelynC Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Haha. I have actually been on few summer camps, but I'm not sure how many knows that story here in Finland. :D
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secondlina Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
Oh, that is true, it's more of a north american thing. I'm sure you guys have some delightfully creepy stories too... Finnish ghost stories....That sounds like fun.
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DewelynC Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
Yeah. I don't really know any but I'm sure there is. :D
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