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Originally made for the Cryptid in July challenge for Twitter.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.
This was originally done for the Cryptid in July challenge on Twitter.
Everyone knows about the mothman, so why not do a Mothgirl for a change?
This is done in the old style of Micron pens and coloring with a mouse and a lot of effects in Clip Studio Paint.
A study I did during art block to practice different textures, even using the same weight of line, and general background types. The lineart was done with Sakura Micron pens, and the coloring was done with Clip Studio Paint.
This is one I'm embarrassed about, which I guess shows how much I've improved since making it. I had a nightmare about being found by a Scandinavian hero who had been buried and forgotten so long that he was no longer a human spirit, but had corrupted into a skull with a long, glowing wyrm-like body trailing behind him. He eventually was redrawn in The Infernal Things, and I think that version of him is objectively better, as well as captures the feeling of the dream better.
Done with Sakura Micron Pens and Arteza illustration markers, which then was touched up in Clip Studio Paint.
Fanart of Scissor Woman (based on the Japanese tale of Kuchisake-Onna), from the amazing game World of Horror (non-affiliate link). I really love this game and recommend it to anyone who's a fan of cosmic horror or point-and-click adventures.
Done with red and black Sakura Micron pens, and some additional coloring done in Clip Studio Paint.
I had just finished The Reddening by Adam Nevill, and I was really drawn to drawing one of the elder red people. I did the lineart with Sakura Micron pens, and the coloring was one of the first pieces I did in Clip Studio Paint.
Another old one I still like, despite some flaws. This was my first finished piece of 2020, and I want to re-do it as the first piece of a coming year to do it justice.
The title and imagery came from a nighmare I had, about a place from my childhood.
Done entirely in Sakura Micron pens, Arteza illustration markers, and Faber-Castell neutral toned Pitt markers.
Fanart, horror pieces, trauma/emotional processing. Older posts are backdated, so that newest pieces appear first.