Tuesday, January 26, 2010

SKETCH-OF-THE-DAY 087


W is for Wendigo

The Wendigo is a malevolent, cannibalistic, and a downright horrible evil spirit common to the lore of north-eastern native American tribes - most notably, the Algonquian Indians. There are many descriptions of this eidolon but most boil down to a gaunt (almost skeletal) humanoid with nightmarish features seen skulking around cold and windy northern boreal forests chowing down on humans. A person can change into a Wendigo or be possessed by one - either causing cannibalism or because of it - not a good thing. And so the Wendigo is kinda the boogeyman of the Algonquians - used to keep tribe kids in line: "Hawk-in-the-Sky, stop biting your brother, you'll turn into a damn Wendigo."

Interestingly, there is a condition called "Wendigo Psychosis" (not kidding) where a sufferer, even in the presence of normal food like Doritos, craves nothing but the delicious flesh of a human - human steaks, human-kabobs, human casserole, human sandwich, human buffalo wings, and human smoothies. You name it - Wendigo Psychotics dig it.

7 comments:

  1. rad wendigo. u should check out guy davis wendigo in the bprd comics, its pretty sweet

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  2. Guy Davis draws the BEST monsters. I've seen his wendigo and it is indeed awesome. Man, I have to catch up on BPRD - I'm like two miniseries behind now!

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  3. haha, ya u better catch up, its gettin awesome. My wife bought me an original Guy Davis BPRD spread for christmas,i was floored. Do u have any of his sketchbooks? theyre full of messed up monsters

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  4. Nice sketch. I like your interpretation better than the first "Wendigo" art I saw...
    Incredible Hulk #181 (Wolverine's first appearance) In it Wolverine actually says "moving is what I do best". Really? "Moving." Okay...
    BTW your website is down. (in case you didn't know)

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  5. Vinod- I'm checking into it. I think they thought I was dead from lack of activity. No, turns out my domain name registration expired. I re-upped it but for some idiotic red-tape reason, it'll be a couple days until rottface is back online wowing everyone with it's sedentary ways....

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  6. I have a wendego rattling on the gate outside my house here in Ottawa right now. I think its a Wendigo...it doesn't have any feet. Yells a lot.

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