This was done for the aughost Twitter challenge for August 2020. The first prompt was bright - which made me think of wisps. This was my first digital painting, instead of doing lineart and then coloring... it took about 6 hours, but was super fun!
I heavily referenced a photo taken by Jordy Meow, and so I want to give back by linking to his work and article about the shrine here at Offbeat Japan.
This was done in Clip Studio Paint.
This was done for the Cryptid in July challenge on Twitter. It was first posted on July 17, 2020.
The Ningen's tale started in Japanese folklore, and the word means "human." It's said to live in the frigid, subantarctic oceans, and seen by few. It's had several sightings reported on the, um, reputable forum 2channel; people describe it as very pale, with two long arms and a humanoid face.
I tried a different process for this one (doing the lineart toward the end instead of in the beginning), and it took me forever. I learned a lot, but probably won't do it again anytime soon.
Originally done for the Twitter Cryptid in July challenge.
The Ogopogo is a Canadian lake monster, said to live in Lake Okanagan. Its story started in First Nations folklore, and is now a demi-mascot for its local area in British Columbia.
Some fun facts:
It's nicknamed Oggy.
Its name is a palindrome.
Greenpeace had it listed as an endangered species, after a local tourism board put out a reward for its capture, to be sure that if it did exist, no one would kill it for the reward.
There isn't much to say here - putting a thought to a digital canvas while practicing with a new tablet.
The Dobhar-chú is a water monster from Irish folklore; he's described as looking somewhat like both a fish and an otter. Its name means "water hound," and there is a grave in Ireland that blames it for the death of a woman in the 17th century. I pictured him as much cuter and more innocent - blame my Irish genes, I guess.
Warning: if you google this cryptid, you'll see an image of an animal corpse.
This was done for the Cryptid in July challenge on Twitter. The Montauk monster was a carcass that appeared on the shores of Montauk, New York, in 2008. Conspiracy theories floated around about what it could have been for a while, and later a skeptic provided compelling evidence that it was a raccoon that had decomposed in the sea for a while.
I preferred to portray him alive, and pictured him as a mischievous little guy who might have been a raccoon before, but mutated (80's toxic panic style) into what you see here. I also, admittedly, had just gotten my new Wacom One tablet and wanted to get used to drawing with it - this is the first completed piece with it, which is why it's pretty simple and relatively amateurish.
The jackalope is a pretty famous cryptid; there are fake taxidermied rabbits with antlers on their head mounted all over the United States in museums of kitsch and "wacky facts."
The truth behind it is quite a bit sadder: the Shope papilloma virus can cause horn-like, malignant protrusions to grow out of the bodies of many wildlife, including wild rabbits and hares. They look remarkably like antlers, and often appear on the heads and faces of animals.
This was done in my old style of Micron Pen on paper, scanned in and edited to colorize in Clip Studio Pro. I was unhappy with the carcinoma "horns," but still like the 70s children's book-esque color scheme.
Originally done for the Cryptid in July challenge for Twitter. It was done in my old style of using Sakura Micron pens for the lineart, and then scanning it in and coloring using Clip Studio Paint.
The Santa Lucia Dark Watchers are a name given to a group of shadowy figures said to watch people from afar in the Santa Lucia mountains of California. They're most often reported around dawn or twilight, and were mentioned in Flight by John Steinbeck.
Originally made for the Cryptid in July challenge for Twitter. This was a homage to an artist who really inspires me, Sarah Mason: you can find her on Twitter and she has a shop as well.
The bunyip is a water creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology. It's described to look like many different things: an emu, a giraffe, a bulldog, an otter, a horse... so many artists just picked a few animals and ran with it. This is done with Micron pens and digital coloring with Clip Studio Paint and a mouse.
Fanart, horror pieces, trauma/emotional processing. Older posts are backdated, so that newest pieces appear first.