The title of this post would make for one heck of a good story!
This week two of my commissions were directly opposing, and so naturally I felt it only made sense to write about them together.
Good children: My friend Dave from my URI Gaming Club days (that's right) contacted me last week with a request to paint a princess for his young daughter Riley. He wanted something in the fairy tale department, and I can't tell you how delightful it was to create a lovely princess complete with woodland creature admirers. Painting this brought me to the realization that I love drawing foxes (expect to see more in the nearby future). I hope this can be a painting that Riley treasures through her childhood and beyond, and that the princess and her animal friends inspire many stories!
|Oh, what up humming bird?|
Bad children: Around the same time my friend Aaron over at Screwtop Reviews asked if I'd be willing to design a Krampus for his holiday season. Krampus is a wonderfully wicked figure of Christmas lore in the Alpine regions. It's said that he travels with Saint Nicholas to punish the bad children as the old saint rewards the good ones. On December 5th there is a holiday celebrating the impish creature and Aaron had the idea to send cards out to commemorate it! (This is one of those ideas I wish I had the moment it was told to me--so cool!)
Aaron and I also go way back, all the way back to Chariho High School where we took speech and writing classes together. For a long time my drawings were in the horror realm, so he knew how excited I would be to take a crack at the mythical holiday beast! Three key elements to Krampus are his horns, his long creepy tongue, and the switches he carries. With Aaron's permission I gave him a bat-like nose.
Nice to beat' ya!
I think Krampus would be a lot of fun to have here in America. Coal in the stocking really pales in comparison to an indignant snow demon tearing apart the living room on Christmas morning. What do you suppose he and Santa talk about as they travel in the sleigh? Do they get together on the weekends? When Santa is laying out on the beach somewhere sunny and warm off season, does Krampus call his cell, you know, just to say hi? (Cut to Krampus laying out on a remote, wind swept beach in Antarctica growling into a phone "Chris, what's shaking?")