Hey, everyone! Here's my next piece of cryptid concept art, the Orang Pendek! Let's get started with this guy right away!
Sighted for at least one hundred years in the jungles and mountains of the island of Sumatra, Western Indonesia, the Orang Pendek is essentially the Bigfoot of the region. However, despite this comparison, the Orang Pendek is in fact quite a bit smaller, around half the height of a man. The creature, who's name means "short person" in Indonesian, has been seen by many people, from native tribesmen to Dutch colonists. One Doctor Edward Jacobson discovered tracks of the creature in 1916 after the animal was sighted by a man in his group, whilst Governor L. C. Westernenk stated that he once happened upon an Orang Pendek, describing it as a large siamang (a species of gibbon) with long hair. Explorer Van Herwaarden was the one who invigorated interest in Orang Pendek though, giving a detailed account of the creature peering down at him from a tree in 1924. A few expeditions to find the Orang Pendek, including the 15-year long expedition of Debbie Martyr launched in 1990 in which Martyr and her photographer Jeremy Holden brought back footprint casts and their own sightings of the creature, have been launched, none turning up much evidence for the ape-like cryptid. Nevertheless, Orang Pendek continues to be sighted to this very day, and some serious scientists, including Pat Spain, host of the unfortunately short-lived National Geographic TV show Beast Man and wildlife biologist, believe that the creature may be a new species. Some especially compelling evidence comes from the nearby island of Flores, on which the fossilised bones of an ancient species of human were excavated in 2014. Named Homo Floriensis, this human was of a similar size to Orang Pendek, and some believe it and the legendary ape man are one and the same or that the former is an ancestor of the latter. Others believe Orang Pendek to be an undiscovered species of ape, but of course there are sceptics out there who believe Orang Pendek is nothing more but a case of mistaken identity, believing it to actually be an already discovered species of ape such as an orangutan or gibbon. Regardless, the mystery of Orang Pendek continues to captivate and bewilder even now.
My design for Orang Pendek takes the undiscovered ape route, as that is going to be a consistent thing with the "apemen" in Cryptids. He is inspired mostly by orangutans, but I gave him brown fur and a differently-shaped face similar to the sightings.
As for Orang Pendek's personality, he is the straight man of Cryptids, a sensible and collected contrast to the other, more bizarre cryptids. Orang Pendek is also the most intelligent of the cryptids. However, even he has his own quirks.
I hope you guys like my design and are hyped for Cryptids! I've only got three of my original group of characters left to go now: two hailing from the Amazon and one back in the USA...