Friday, March 24, 2006

Monster



Thank you Gina at Illustration Friday for suggesting this subject matter!
I've been itching to post this fellow for a while.

This is a RedCap. They are named for their practice of staining their caps in enemy blood. They can and will eat anything- flesh, bone, bricks, wooden doors, tax returns, religious nuts...
They are the stuff of nightmares and bad attitudes.

Show some manners, or one of these 'Monsters' will pop out of your dreams and make you live to regret it (if you survive the encounter)...

s.

42 Comments:

At 11:07 AM, Blogger disappointed said...

Dear Mr RedCap Sir,

You are a fine monster and I'd thank you not to jump into my dreams.

Yours in groveling and polite sincerity,

bubblegum

 
At 11:22 AM, Blogger steve said...

LOL !
I think you are safe, my lady. Besides, Bubblegum is just too cute of a title to mess with...

Sweet Dreams !
:-D

 
At 11:48 AM, Blogger DeeZNutts said...

That thing is creapy...kinda look like it has snail skin. I like it this weeks topic for once.

 
At 12:07 PM, Blogger steve said...

I agree, DeezNutts. It's something we monsters can rilly 'sink our teeth into'...
:-D

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger isay said...

i knew that you will come up or have been keeping the most beautiful illustrations of monsters - and have waited for this time to show it to us. uhmmmmmm

this is really a terrific monster illustration. it has a powerful effect esp. on me-i hope not to dream about it because you might be there, too!

 
At 12:42 PM, Blogger Teri C said...

Yikes! This is an awesome monster! Great work of art.

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Princess Pepper Cloud said...

how can we be friends?

i'm scared.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger steve said...

Monsters and I have a very close affinity, Isay. It's the late nights and all that junk food...
:-D

 
At 1:45 PM, Blogger steve said...

Thanx, TeriC ! I appreciate the luv !
:-)

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger steve said...

Pizza would make a great peace offering, PrincessPepperCloud...
=^_^=

 
At 3:22 PM, Blogger garth bruner said...

That long red nose hair is what will haunt MY dreams.

 
At 3:40 PM, Blogger steve said...

LOL !
Good one, Garth !

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is wonderful, Steve. I have now a new fear to deal with... but hopefully the other deizens of Kalamzoo will protect us!

 
At 4:14 PM, Blogger Ginger*:)* said...

This is wonderful, Steve. I have now a new fear to deal with... but hopefully the other deizens of Kalamzoo will protect us!

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger steve said...

Don't worry Ginger, I'll rally the troops and circle the wagons (well, pumpkin carraiges) to protect your bedroom from unpleasant visitations.

A pinch of salt and turning widdershins three times with a nixie on one shoulder and a pooka on the other. POOF !

Sweet dreams, Ginger !
:-)

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger georg said...

Not very friendly, eh? It's a great, cruel image. I only have one question: he can't go through closed doors and windows, isn't that right? That is, I have locked my door and am about to go in bed...

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger steve said...

You are safe as long as you don't insult a RedCap, Georg.
Also, don't invite one inside, you know what happens with vampires and other supernatural beings that get invited indoors...

:-)

 
At 6:17 PM, Blogger Rose DesRochers said...

I think that I know this Redcap.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger steve said...

He gets around, Rose.
:-)

 
At 8:22 PM, Blogger ValGalArt said...

this is amazing! is this from your imagination or have you read about or encountered one yourself? I'm scared! Great work as always!!!

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger steve said...

RedCaps originated somewhere among the Britsh Isles/Ireland, ValGalArt. They are border goblins.

If you check out Brian Froud's 'Faeries' picture book of illustrations, you'll find (somewhere in the middle) another sketch done by him of a RedCap.

There is also a short animated film, named 'Faeries', (1981 Family Home Entertainment) maybe 30 minutes long, that briefly shows some RedCaps near the end.

I'm just carrying on a long tradition, ValGalArt...

 
At 11:17 PM, Blogger Sea Angel said...

My, oh my...
I love the facial expression on him. I can almost hear him thinking "Hmm, who shall I brutally murder and use for accessorize today?"
He looks like he's thinking about someone he doesn't like very much. Hate to be that someone.

Wicked cool illustration!

I commented before, but Blogger seems to be eating up my comments =(

 
At 7:51 AM, Blogger Stipi said...

Beautiful colours and nasty monster. I could let him take me because no-one looking like that could be evil?!
Love

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger CATRAVEN said...

Fantastic work!
So much depth,dimension, and colour!
Brilliant!!
Can he come eat my husband's rotten old sneakers or can I at least blame him for it if they happen to disappear?

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger Katili said...

A stunning illo, love the red hair and the witchy appearance. Whan an appetite :-)))) Great drawing and a funny presentation.

 
At 12:40 PM, Blogger Rowantree said...

Look mystical, great work !

 
At 1:16 PM, Blogger The Unknown said...

Great illo. Great post. I knew you would have something awesome for this theme. Thanks Gina.
love

 
At 6:39 PM, Blogger HARDWAX said...

That horn or ear jutting out from under the blood red hair is the creep fest, what nightmares are made of.

 
At 5:18 AM, Blogger wendz said...

that illou is just cool! it looks like a scarecrow hehe
in Panama there's a whole pizza waiting for you Mr.!(hehe)
nice job!

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger knottydon said...

hmmm... now i know how i look like with red dreadlocks... teeheee...

 
At 6:07 AM, Blogger Josh said...

i love the the way you made the goblin monster look so real by haveing a three-dee look

 
At 6:13 AM, Blogger Aravis said...

This is very cool! Excellent illustration.

 
At 12:25 PM, Anonymous janey said...

I think he's kind of cute actually. Monsters can be cute can't they?

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Suzan said...

Great monster. Very creepy.

 
At 4:44 PM, Blogger steve said...

Blogger seems to employ Gremlins instead of RedCaps, SeaAngel. :-)

Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover, Stipi...

RedCaps think that old dirty shoes are delicious, CatRaven !

Thank you, Katili ! Buuuurp ! :-D

You are too kind, RowanTree. :-)

Luv back at ya, Unknown !

We do try our best, HardWax. :-)

 
At 4:54 PM, Blogger steve said...

Ooo ! RedCaps like pizza, just like me ! Thanx Wendz!

And what a fetching monster you would make, KnottyDon ! Yum !

The better to frighten you with, Josh...
:-D

Thanx for the luv, Aravis !

Of course they can, Janey. Just look at me !
=^_^=

Creepy is good, Susan. :-)

 
At 1:50 PM, Blogger Rectite23 said...

Very cool!

 
At 7:17 AM, Blogger steve said...

Very nice of you to say so, Recite23.
:-)

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger RamblingLibrarian said...

Nice touch with the story to go with the picture. Judging from the comments in your blog, you're a very popular artist!

 
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