Archive for August, 2011

D is for Domovoi

Posted in Art, Illustrations, little elves, Men, Monster with tags , on August 9, 2011 by billifrench

This little cutie may not be a monster like the rest of them, but when I found out about the small hairy house elves in Slavic Folklore, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity.  According to the folklore, these little fellows are small, masculine, bearded, and hairy, and can sometimes impersonate their masters or the owners of the house that they are living in. I am pleased to introduce you my newest tiny friend, the Domovoi.

C is for Cerastes

Posted in Animals, Art, Illustrations, Monster with tags , on August 6, 2011 by billifrench

I had a hard time doing this monster, Cerastes, because I am terrified of snakes!!! But when I read about a horned serpent, I knew I had to get it a shot, even if all the references I was looking at almost scared me away.  I faced my fear and present to you my version of the deadly Cerastes.

B is for Banshee

Posted in Art, Illustrations, Monster, Women with tags , on August 4, 2011 by billifrench

Letter B for my monsters A through Z, Banshee!! For those of you who may not know exactly what a banshee is, banshees are from Irish mythology and are usually women spirits that wail when someone is about to die. WAAAAAAAA!

Acephalos

Posted in Animals, Art, Illustrations, Men, Monster with tags , on August 1, 2011 by billifrench

I follow this really incredible artist, Christopher Burdett, who draws mainly monsters, and draws them incredibly well. A little while ago on his blog he drew a monster for every letter of the alphabet, which I thought was a great idea. I bought this book, Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth, which unfortunately hasn’t been delivered yet but it has descriptions of different types of monsters. I got to briefly skim through the pages and came across the monster, Acephalos, which will be my letter A! An acephalos, is a greek monster that resembles a headless human with eyes and a scary mouth in the middle of its’ chest. Are you frightened yet?