The Kelpie stories originated in Scotland. A Kelpie is a horse-like creature that lives in the seas. It also has the ability to take human form. It is said that this beast is mostly malicious and not one that you want to cross in the wild.
For my depiction, I wanted to show the more majestic side of the creature. I originally did the colorful and vibrant version, and then decided to try the black and white version. Which one do you like better? Leave a comment!
Fairies are well known in the mythical stories. Tiny people with wings that try to stay hidden from the human realm. Legend says that circles of mushrooms are indication that fairies have recently gathered there.
But fairy life is not just fluttering and dancing. They have their own societies, and sometimes those different groups may have disagreements. Below I have depicted a fairy dispute that has escalated to full on war.
The Vila are a Slavic tradition. While there are many versions and names for this creature, they all share the same basic concept; a beautiful woman that changes forms when angry. Some folklore believes these women to be the ghosts of fair maidens who died before their wedding night. Despite the many tales of their origin, this enticing creature enjoys luring a weary man to kill him, and often cause storms when their tempers flare. Below are snapshots of two Vila, both in their beautiful form and their true form.
The Jinn are (according to arabic mythology) one of the three sentient creatures of God, besides humans and angels. They have been described as a smokeless fire. My version isn’t smokeless, nor firey, but rather a variation of classically portrayed Jinn (more commonly known in American culture as genies).
Jinn, like humans, can be either good or evil, and contrary to popular belief, they actually have free will, and are not meant to be a wishing well for a fortunate human. Thus I have portrayed this Jinn to be escaping his lamp prison on his own accord, mixing the Eastern and Western ideas of Jinn.
This week I have created a Basilisk. The legend of the basilisk has changed overtime, and had several variations from the original concept. The most common concept of the basilisk today was created in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and was depicted as an enormous serpent.
The traditional idea of a basilisk is a creature that came from a serpent’s egg, but hatched by a chicken, thus having both qualities of both a rooster and a snake. Here are two olden-day depictions-
Woodblock Print of a basilisk from Ulisse Aldrovandi, Monstrorum historia, 1642
The basilisk and the weasel, print attributed to Wenceslas Hollar.
My concept was simply a combination of what I might imagine would be the offspring of a chicken and snake. With a hard beak, two snake-like front legs, and a long serpent body, my basilisk hides in caves, and going along with tradition, a gaze into it’s eyes could end one’s life instantaneously.