My renditions of some popular Filipino folk lore characters. From top to bottom and left to right: Kapre, Manananggal, Tikbalang, Aswang, White Lady, Duwende,
Kapre - A giant, dark & hairy man-like creature said to live in big old trees (preferably the Balete tree), often depicted smoking a big cigar. Kapres are said to show themselves to people who wander close to their home trees and territories. Sometimes even striking conversations with unknowing people.
Manananggal - A cursed woman said to have sold her self to evil powers and transforms herself at night time when she pours mystic oil on herself. She is said to grow wings and grotesquely separates her torso from her lower half and flies into the night hunting for wandering people. Is also said to frequent secluded places which have women, children and new born babies which are her main prey.
Tikbalang - A being said to be half horse, half man meaning having the size and head and some limbs of a horse but with the torso of a strong man. They are very tall and often troublesome. They are said to abduct women and children and often fall in love with beautiful, young maidens and are said to even court them to win their hearts. They can also change their appearance to increase their chances of snagging their beloved female prey. And abduct them when they have gained their trust.
Aswang - Probably the most famous of Filipino mythical creatures and also the most feared. They are cursed creatures said to live among humans as humans. Often living secluded lives but also interact with humans when given the chance. They are described as animorphing beings. Able to change into unassuming animals such as dogs, birds and wild pigs. But at night they change into their most fearful forms. Ugly, grotesque and monster-like appearances. They possess superhuman strength and agility. They are stealthy and often hunt for pregnant women and babies. The scariest rumors about them is that they go on to the roofs of homes where pregnant people live and the stick their syringe-like tongues into small crevices on the roofs and stick it into the pregnant prey's stomach and suck the unborn baby into it. Like a mosquito sucking blood from our skin.
White Lady - These beings are a common supernatural being in many parts of the world. Other cultures just have different names for them. In the Philippines they're called just as how they're seen. As white ladies. Often described as woman-like beings with long black hair and wearing white, flowing night gowns. Many say they are spirits of women who suffered agonizing deaths forever looking for justice and often appearing near where they died. Others say they are just evil earth spirits roaming around and causing accidents. They often show up on dark roads and streets to unsuspecting motorist causing tragic accidents.
Duwende - English translation would be "Dwarf" or "Dwarves". They are earth spirits that are small in stature and live in densely vegetated places like forest and old vacant lots. They are said to be harmless beings unless they are disturbed or their territories disrespected. They are said to put magical curses on people who disturb them. Everything from warts to unexplainable illness. But they are also said to bring good luck and fortune to people who befriend them.
Barang or Mambabarang - Also known as Mangkukulam or witch in english. These beings are said to be cursed, evil people. Often female. They put curses on people they are angry at or even just for fun. Their curses are often torture-like and deadly.
After unleashing the plagues, Raptor Moses led the Hebrew raptors out of Egypt. When the raptor Pharaoh came for them, Raptor Moses parted the Red sea and led his raptors to the promise land of scrumptious carcasses and rotting entails. Little did they know that it would take four decades before they would complete their journey...
This was drawn with Prismacolor pencils, painted with gouache and inked with Copic multiliners. Art (c) J. Juno.
The Shining Tears: Haunted Castle series continues, as the group of Beastmen Generals continue to search for their lost companion, Lazarus. But little do they know about the playful spirits that haunt the dungeon walls of the castle. Now with one of them captured by the ghosts, the 3 remaining Generals continue to search the dungeons separately for Lazarus, unknown to what further awaits them in the shadows.
For the previous entries of this series you can see them here.
This commission was drawn by Symbol-Hero: [link] and he has given me permission to post it on my gallery.
Hyoun the crystal dragon, like the rest of the group, continued to search the endless hallways of the dungeon. "Ah! This is impossible! How am I going to find Lazarus in this maze!" When he got to the end of the cell block he suddenly heard something behind him. Turning around, he stood alert and listened for whatever made that sound. He waited for a few second before hearing something again, it was some sort of laughter followed by a strange cranking sound. Hyoun slowly walked down the hallway, listening for the strange noises. He heard them again, a little louder this time. Hyoun moved farther and farther down the hall when he suddenly couldn't hear the noises any more. Nervous, he called out to who that was, but got no answer. He was about to continue further when he heard a creaking noise, it sounded like it was right next to him! He turned to his left and saw that one of the cell doors was wide open, he swore that all the doors were closed in the hallway. With his sword at the ready, he slowly moved toward the doorway and peered inside.
The room was somewhat dim, but he could still see much of what was in the room. He then walked over to the largest object in the room, upon closer inspection it was a torture device, a stretching rack. He then examined the wall next to it, which housed various tools on a wall rack, strangely the tools looked and felt like hand brushes and feathers. Suddenly the main door slammed shut, Hyoun quickly turned around ran to the door. He looked out through the small viewing hole in the door but saw no one. He called out for help but no one answered, not wanting to stay in the room a second longer, Hyoun raised his sword with both hands and was about to smash the door open but he then felt something grab his wrists. Seconds later before he could react, Hyoun was flung backwards through the air and landed on the rack. He then felt some sort of force grab his legs and moved them in place over the ankle clamps and locked his feet and tail in place. After happening so fast, it took Hyoun a minute to realize what position he was in. What just happened? How was he on the rack? Who or what grabbed him? Hyoun continued to struggle as the wrist clamps held his arms in a position where he could only move them around a bit. After a minute or two, Hyoun saw something to his left. It was some sort of strange white light, it couldn't be a torch. As it moved closer, it began to light up the area around him, and he managed to get a better look. It was some sort of Willow-the-wisp type of spirit. It hovered passed Hyoun, who watched nervously, as it floated towards the wall rack, he could now fully see that the wall rack indeed had feathers and brushes attached to it. The spirit enveloped one of the long brushes and levitated it. Hyoun was starting to get really confused, he had no idea on why he was restrained and what the spirit was going to do with a simple brush. He continued to watch the ghostly mist as it brought the brush down toward the end of the rack, towards his feet. Once it reached his soles, the spirit began to brush up and down Hyoun's left sole.
Not quite expecting such an action, Hyoun burst into rapid giggles as the ghost continued tickling Hyoun, despite his pleas. After a few minutes Hyoun then notice that other Willow-the-wisp spirits appear in the room, and most of them went to the wall rack. Knowing what was going to happen, Hyoun tried his best to free himself from the rack, but for a device that probably hasn't be used in years, it was surprisingly sturdy. Hyoun watched as the other spirits picked up various feathers and brushes as one spirit used another long brush to use on his right foot, three circular brushes were used on his belly, and two feathers were used on his armpits. Hyoun's laughter increase greatly as the ghost playfully tickle Hyoun all over. But during the tickling, Hyoun felt something tugging on his wrists, he looked up and saw the last spirit slowly turning the crank handles on the rack, slowly stretching him. Hyoun laughed louder and louder as the spirits tickled all over the soft parts of his body while the spirit operating the rack stretched Hyoun's body tighter and tighter, to the point where Hyoun started making loud moans due to the pressure, then the spirit would loosen the rack so to give him brief relief, but then would start back up again.
After 30 minutes, Hyoun was in tears from laughing as the spirits continued to tickle him all over his stretched out body, hoping that the rest of the group would eventually find him with all the noise he was making. Meanwhile, both Raihi the tiger general met up with Rouen the wolf king when both bumped into each other at a cross lane in the dungeon labyrinth. "Raihi?! Did you find any trace of Lazarus?" asked Rouen, "No nothing yet, this place is like a maze, everything looks the same." Rouen pondered for a minute. "Hmmmmm, I think we better stay together this time, I have no idea where the other are, they could be lost in here somewhere." Raihi agreed, "Yes that would be a good idea. I've got a feeling that this place is cursed, I keep hearing strange laughter everywhere."
Here's Siegfried von Witzland, the leader of the axis conspiracy, a special section of the axis countries created by Hitler to face the shadow commandos who were putting the mess in their plans at the west.
On the right in colour : Siegfried in his SS uniform
Sketches on the left : Up : Getting ready to shoot Down : Him on his way to "play" with one of his prisoners
Siegfried was born in october the 7th 1905 in the Witzland estate in Germany, his family was noble, but poor by world war one effort and the 30's crisis. Siegfried was a quite talented writer, but never manage to get sucess with it, that situation was quite frustrating for a young man who was dreaming about a wealth and fame. But in 1933 when Adolf Hitler took the power, he knew that the new chacellor's promises of a rich and powerful Germany was a piece of good fortune for him to reach that ideal. Then he tried to meet the Führer during a concert at the Reichstag to work for him, but an SA nammed Stamerstein did not allowed him that privilege because he reproached him to be too much greedy (Siegfried was not anti-Semitic at all but really power-thirsty), then Stamerstein thrown him out... The first attempt was not really sucessful... But luckily, just at the exit of the building, Siegfried met Heinrich Himmler who was the only one who trust his determination and his willpower. As a result, this last one engaged the young eagle as a SS officer, Siegfried reached his goal... One year later in june the 29th 1934, Siegfried was benefiting from the night of the long knives to get his revenge on Stamerstein for his humiliation. Then he became the monster he is today, this night made of him the powerful SS he's always dreamed to be. After the fall of France in 1940, he was transfered in Paris as a chief of the french gestapo thanks to his nearly bilingual level of French, there his role was to track the jews, to break up resistance organisations, and to lay down the law. In 1944, Hitler requested Siegfried as the leader of the Axis conspiracy to face the shadow commandos who were a real threat for his plans... This section was made of three German Nazis : Fritz Reiser, Hanz Rölleder, and Traudl Liebber, one Italian Fascist : Donatello Capelli, and one French Vichyist : René de Rastignac...