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The Krampus by M-Skirvin The Krampus by M-Skirvin
This guy has been lurking in my brain for quite awhile, and it was high time I shoved him out into the light of day.

The Krampus was a creature that, according to myth, used to travel with St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve. If any bad little children were found, the Krampus would bind them in ropes or chains and take them away.

This drawing came about because I was banned from my main computer for awhile. I had accidentally deleted the partition on a 1 terabyte external drive that I used for storage. There was over 28 thousand files on that drive, and I was desperate to recover them, so everything ground to a complete halt while I worked on the recovery process, which takes sssooooooooo fffffffriggin' longgggggg. In fact, it's still going in the background, while I'm typing now, but it's at a point in the recovery where I can steal a little time on the web without disrupting the recovery process.

It took thirty hours alone for the initial scan of that drive, and during that time, I drew this....

Once I get my machine back to normal, I'd like someday to paint this guy in full color.....

Please do not repost without permission. Thanks! :heart:
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Lightsthroughshadow Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Photographer
What does Krampus do to the kids after he takes them away?
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Lacumcity Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your head :3
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WateryGrave Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
This is really cool. :3 I'd be scared to run into him.
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LuciusAppaloosius Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011
Great! 7@=e

(Of course, I'm inevitably reminded of David Sedaris' piece, "6 To 8 Black Men"...)
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is fantastic!
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Thank you! Somebody once said that details really help a drawing so I gave him lots. In fact you could even say that the detail's in the devil....

Okay, bad joke...XD
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Lord44 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XD
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Nice. That is a goat, yes? As I recall it, superstition was that goats were in league with the devil.
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M-Skirvin Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
They are certainly associated with the devil a lot. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but I do know that goats were often the sacrifice of choice to the gods you wanted to get favors from, even in biblical times.

Hmmm. Now you've got me wondering just WHY goats are associated that way. Why not a sheep, or a chicken, or a fish? What is it about goats that makes them the creature of choice? Hmmmmmmmm.

And yes, my Krampus is based entirely on a humanoid goat. To be truer to the legend, he probably should be more devil-like, but I decided to go with the goatly appearance instead.
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Greatkingrat88 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011
Well... I'm not sure how relevant this is, but the goat- not quite as malovolent a figure in hellenic times- featured as part of the satyrs, playful, flute-playing companions to Dionysos... which later became the inspiration for the traditional catholic view of the devil as a horned goat man.

I like what you did with it :D
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