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Monday, January 2, 2012

Krampus!


I couldn't come up with a New Years gag that I liked so instead I dug up this old rough of Krampus that I never got around to painting. Call it a belated Christmas image. I had this crazy idea of doing my take on the famous Jesus Knocking on the Door painting which I always loved for the Copro Nason Gallery 'Krampus' show a few years back. It was quite an honor to be asked to participate but I dropped the ball and never finished the painting. Oops.
Anyway, according to folklore Krampus is a character who shows up with Saint Nick on Christmas Eve in Austria and Germany I believe, and ties up all the bad children and takes them to Hell to be beaten for eternity with a special switch he carries with him.
All is not lost though; if you're one of the good boys and girls then you get lots of gifts from Santa instead!
Gee, do I want to have lots of cool gifts or spend an eternity with Krampus in Hell? Hmmmm... let me think...
My favorite Krampus post card is one of a Victorian girl who somehow has stolen Krampus' switch and is looking to beat him with it instead. Clever girl.

19 comments:

  1. Superb skilled drawing, Ted! I try to imagine how it would look if finished...

    Happy 2012!!!

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  2. Wow, Ted! This is excellent! I like the blue you did it in - it Glows! This doesn't look like a rough at all - it looks quite finished in itself. I have to say, I don't like the idea of Krampus (I hate to think how believing in that might affect a child's mind), but this Krampus picture I really like!

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  3. This is awesome, Ted! Really nice to see a different style, let alone some awesome sketching.

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  4. Fabulous Krampus! Oh, those poor frightened eyes peering out from the basket... :-O

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  5. These folklores are so sadistic ans scary. No wonder kids were better behaved. I know about dropping the ball on projects. I have a Sketchbook project I am not submitting because I am in no mood for it. I wasted my money paying for it.

    Man! You should be an illustrator of children's books!

    Happy New year!

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  6. yes, it is a nightmare from my childhood: we , children, were very afraid to be taken to the hell.....( and that the reason I moved from Artichokistan to place I live now )

    But do you know where I can find him now? I need his help: some bastards took AGAIN my Mac.......

    Good drawing, try to find some time to finish it!

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  7. Yes Ces, I agree, folklore can definitely be very scary and sadistic. I guess that's why I find it all so fascinating; hard to believe that it was normal at one time to raise children with that stuff. Aesops Fables were pretty scary, too. Thank you for the compliment!

    Artichoken; sorry they got your Mac again. Those who steal are low-life scum. You are above them and must be a good person because Krampus didn't take you away. We need a modern day Krampus who beats on thieves only and leaves children alone.

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  8. lol now that is one way to keep your kids in line ;)

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  9. I'm still laughing. Gotta love them Victorian-era Germans! Grimm, indeed! Nice illo, too, Ted.

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  10. What Kostis,Gutterball,Jill,Mauricio,Curious,C.P.,
    art,you Ted and Elizabeth all said...Looking forward to coming here and you making me laugh all the way through 2012 (oxygen permitting)!!!!!!!!!

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  11. Hi Ted, i love the juxtoposition of the scene, very clever.
    I am certainly glad I didnt grow up in Austria or Germany way back then (not that I was naughty of course... just worried for all those other little kids :P)
    Interesting reading too. Thanks

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  12. Awesome illustration, Ted! I think you catch the ancient european style. Fantastic piece!

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  13. haha, I have never heard of this lovely christmas character before XD
    Your drawing is really good, I wouldn't open that door.

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  14. Interesting story. Wow, that is quite a scary story and a creepy looking creature. Krampus huh? Learn something everyday. Liking that Jesus painting a lot more now . . . whoa!

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  15. I wonder if there's a Christmas character for completely neutral kids, neither bad nor good. Being good is hard to attain, so I would settle for neutral. Being sent to hell by Krampus would suck. You have a great sense of layout and composition. Gee maybe you can even do that for a living ;)

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  16. O.k. Ted, this started conversations at work. A fellow employee told me about the movie "Rare Exports" a foreign film (with subtitles). This movie was interesting and drew me in. Nice cinematography and interesting music. It combines "Krampus and Santa" though. Check it out . . . not for those who believe in goooood Santa!

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  17. i like Krampus, why not.
    at first i thought Krampus was one of 4 Princes of Darkness... he's not, but i still like him.

    i like gothic things... am i weird?
    :(

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  18. It's certainly good to know that Krampus knocks. Do you suppose he wipes his hooves before coming inside? :)

    I first heard about the Christmas Krampus a couple of years ago. How hellish freaky is THAT?! I've seen those parades with fierce costumes and wee tykes getting all freaked out. Scary! There's also a custom in Japan where a demon comes to the house and frightens children into behaving for the year.

    Excellent, excellent drawing! Love the architectural details too. Now I have the urge to wag my tongue around and go blalalalalalalalaa.

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