YAY ROB THURMAN FAN! \o\
Oddly enough, while he's got some distinct similarities to my conception of the Auphe, this guy isn't actually meant to be one. This bugger first came into my head from reading up too much on fairy tales and folk lore, and I had a variant of him in my head a couple of years before I discovered Cal and Co.
But I *love* getting this comment (you are not the first to tell me it looks like an Auphe) because 1: woo fellow fans! and 2: the Auphe and the winter goblin did cross-pollinate in my head, so I think it looks a lot like one too. So I feel successful when people tell me it looks like an Auphe.
Sometime soon, I really need to draw an actual Auphe. They are, in my mind's eye, a deader, deadlier white, have nothing of the coy about them, and are less reassuringly blurry. The winter goblin could be a trick of the moonlight on snow, but there's no such comforting lie you can tell yourself when you see an Auphe.
In fact, now that I think about it, I do believe I might have the picture in my head.
My deepest thanks for your comment; I think you may have inspired me to art!
(And once I draw an Auphe, I want to follow it up with a Cal at some point, because I believe their lineage is expressed somehow in his bone structure and mannerisms, and I'd love to explore that.)