I may do it again as a straight pen and ink, but the title is “Cernunnos Resting”, and is a portrait of the Green Man just after making his rounds to fertilize the forests.
The Horned God is depicted sitting under a tree holding his Torc in his right hand and a snake with Rams horns in his left. He is flaccid, not for impotence, but to symbolize this being after the great fertilization of spring. He is surrounded by a rat, rabbit, deer, bull, and wolf. All in them selves symbols of nature, strength and fertility.
The drawing was done with fine-liners and colored with markers. More important than the art itself in this case is that we don’t lose this symbolism (which anyone familiar with Celtic history/ruins will recognize from cave art and ancient European artifacts).
It is a reminder that Europe too had nature based religions that kept us in touch with the cycles of the earth before Rome and the Catholic Church eradicated them just like every other culture touched by them.
I don’t pretend to know the truth about what Gods there are, and how they rank and whatnot, but I have no doubt that humans and their relationship with the planet earth (and each other) will dramatically improve if we get back into rhythm with its life cycles and patterns.
I spend a bit of time perusing the internets, looking at other peoples art, soaking up their images, experiencing their images, and seeing what inspires me. At the beginning of November I wanted to take a little break from my series on Ukiyo-E, so I was on one of those strolls through other artists minds.
While doing so, I noticed a significant amount of photographs, paintings and drawings of women in Victorian dress under street lights. The thing that struck me about this artistically was the shadow play. Being that I consider light and shadow to be one of my more glaring weak spots, I thought this might be a subject work entertaining.
The next thought I had showed me that doing a single large ink project for Inktober/Drawloween was not enough to purge my spookiness for the season. That thought was that there really should be something stalking her from the shadows.
This of course gave me the opportunity to draw one of my favorite versions of a victim of vampirism, the Nosferatu. It is both timely for the period, and fitting for the scene.
Currently I have not made prints available of this 18×24 inch gouache painting, but I will make it available if there is interest. The original is for sale.
Today I am posting another drawing that I did with brush pens. This one was kind of in response to some friends and family that were picking at me because so much of my subject matter is dark.
If you like dark things you know the words.
“Why don’t you draw anything pretty? Like flowers.”
And eventually one gets tired of trying to explain that they find beauty in all things, dark or light. Or that I just draw what strikes me. One does not control their muse, one merely follows her…enslaved by her song.
Anyway, I amused myself by thinking up a way to draw something pretty that would irk them. Because I am a petulant child.
That idea turned out to be a faery masturbating in a flower patch.
“Tinkering Her Bell” was a lot of fun to draw. It’s social media response was way more positive than I expected and only offended one person (who I barely knew and decided wasn’t worthy of keys of the kingdom because of their prudish mindset. No one needs that kind of negativity).
I wish I had used watercolor paper instead of the bristol this is drawn on… but it was before I realized how much better blending down worked on watercolor paper with these pens. But the image is watercolor brush pens on bristol. I would sell it if it was wanted, but haven’t really considered it because it was just a fun drawing. 9×12
The image I am sharing today is from my sketchbook.
I was playing around with crypto critters, and thinking about the various forms that Wendigo take. From that I mixed it up with the traditional vampire… like Nosferatu instead of the mildly depressed great lover with fangs that the big screen loves so much these days.
And what I came up with was this wretched little creature.
This one isn’t anything special. Just a 12×9 pen and ink, colored with sharpies, a white gel, and brush pens.
You remember when I confessed to loving Bigfoot? Well there may have been more to that story. OK, there is more to that story.
I love Cryptids period.
Cryptozoology is fun. I not only enjoy it, cryptozoology and anthropomorphized animals probably make up half of my sketches. If nothing else, the two of them have a huge Venn overlap with old world religions….so they are a space I relish.
One of the most famous creatures that falls into both categories is the mermaid.
It is also one of the most frequently drawn.
But it is all too often drawn as a very attractive woman with a fish tail.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to draw tittays as much as the next guy… but there really aren’t a lot of legends where mermaids actually are fish tailed hotties.
Almost all of the seafaring stories of mermaids and sirens involves sailors hearing beautiful voices or thinking they see beautiful fish girls… only to find that it was a bunch of gnarly old hags luring them on to the rocks.
But that is a bit of digression.
One of the coolest mermaids was made famous by none other than the greatest Humbug (aka con man) of all time. P.T. Barnum.
That would be the one known as the FeeJee Mermaid. I won’t go into a ton of detail about it here, because that isn’t what this site is…and there are already tons of references online if you want to check it out.
What I will do is share a marker drawing I did of it.
Not a great drawing, but it sure was fun to draw…and I liked it in concept enough that I reworked it digitally and designed a Tee Shirt of it in honor of PT Barnum’s show and museum.
I have several bigfoot designs on my page, and there are sure to be more.
Why? Because I love cryptozoology.
Do I believe in Bigfoot? Kind of, not really. I do hope he is real though.
Mostly I just love that even in todays world people still have the imagination to think about, make up , and convince other people that something is still out the undiscovered.
I mean there is a ton on this planet that we still don’t know about. Not only are thousands of new plants, fungi, insects, and animals discovered every year. There are even still large mammals being discovered, or found surviving after they were believed extinct for decades.
So keep imagining crytpo creatures, keep protecting the environment so we don’t kill a bunch of animals before we even find them, and most importantly.