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Kallikantzaros

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When I was a little child, my grandmother used to tell me stories about some creatures that appear in our world from time to time. The legends and the beliefs of every place always have a dark and mysterious tale to narrate. The curiosity for every eerie thing made me feel that I craved for such stories, even though, to be honest, I was afraid of them :D . In Greece there are certain beliefs about some creatures that appear in our world on Christmas day and live among us for the next twelve days. These creatures are called Kallikantzaroi(goblins). It is said that at the rest of the year the Kallikantzaroi live under the surface of the earth and try to cut the big tree that holds it, in order to fall down. With axes made of wood and stone the Kallikantzaroi hew the tree that holds the earth, but before they cut it, Christmas arrive and they forget their task so they ascend on the earth, in order to peeve the humans and do various mischievous things by sneaking in their houses through the chimneys. The Kallikantzaroi are creatures of the night and during the day they hide from the sun, because they fear it. When the twelfth day arrives, January 6th(Epiphany), the Kallikantzaroi return to their subterranean location, but in the meantime the tree has become the way it was before, so they have to cut it again from the start.
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Niknak71's avatar
I love all of your work ♡
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you Thank you!!
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JWArtworkHobbyist Digital Artist
This is wonderful! :omfg: Very well drawn, also the background! :nod:
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Thank you :)
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Μπραβο σου ,ολες οι δουλειές σου είναι ξεχωριστές!!!
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Ευχαριστω για τα καλα σου σχολια!! :)
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Great artwork! There is a great deal of information ab0out this creature in the book "Modern Greek Folklore". If you meet one on the road it will ask, 'Tow or lead'? If you say 'tow' it will leave you alone. If you say 'lead'...
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Thank you very much!
hehe big trouble the kallikantzaroi! :D
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MalahhaiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic! What a fascinating folk belief. I guess I'll have to check into greek folk mythology now :)
I love how you didn't struggle so much to create catchy, good looking light environment as most peaople do nowadays. The way the figure kinda blends into its surroundings with makes it that much more frightening and realistic.
Have you used any documentation on how they look like, or you just drew what was in your head?
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you my friend for the comment.
I wanted to do in the night but would lose details.
The creature is made ​​from my imagination but I certainly have a lot of influences from other artists.
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MalahhaiHobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome :9 It's good you didn't, I think it's the best this way.
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
:)
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auntypsychoticProfessional General Artist
excellent!

kind of reminds me of Gollum but without the charm (and dental hygiene).
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
:D thank you
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NestoronfireProfessional Digital Artist
Πολύ ωραίο κομμάτι Χρήστο.
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Σε ευχαριστω Νεστορα :)
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epic
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you
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Very nice work. That'll make for some nightmares! ;-)
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
:D Thank you :)
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KeresaLea Digital Artist
That was a really interesting legend! I love this depiction, quite creepy and haunting!
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christoskarapanosProfessional Digital Artist
Thank you!
You can find more about this legend in Wikipedia [link]
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<3 Thank you
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creepy cool
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