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Black Dog by Emryswolf Black Dog by Emryswolf
This is my piece for the Bump in the Night portfolio that Kyoht will be putting together for the upcoming Convention.
The Legendary Black Dog.
I'm sure plenty of you know the legends and myths behind this supposed demonic omen of death seen occasionally around the world by unlucky travelors. Similar to the Mothman, the black dog was sure to bring either ill tidings or death itself to those who crossed it's path alone at night.
Some say it is the devil's pet, doing his dirty work on earth.... Others believe it to be the angry soul of some unknown departed human, come back to wreak havoc in the shape of a old black dog. Either way, I gave it both human (front hands and teeth) and canine aspects....
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VarDagi Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait dog is a demon??? no wayy
TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Doggo iz triggered
johnnyharadrim Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Old Shuck!
skyler22000 Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
looks sorta like the Strider CreepyPasta Watching You 
ShadowOfAHeartBeat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Amazingly scary its now inspired me to try and make my own scary hell dog 😈
happycadaver420 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it!!! I own a business called black dog and I'd love nothing more than to have your permission to use it as my company logo. It fits so well and its so cool. Please get back to me. Thank you! Very nice work!
inacardboardbox Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
So I saw this portfolio years and years and YEARS ago (Freshman in High school, maybe) and it made an intense impression on me (I don't remember anything else in the 'folio so my guess is that this was far and away the scariest) for SOME REASON, unbidden, the memory of this SPECIFIC illustration came to mind about 3 days ago. Then this morning by sheer coincidence it appeared, uncredited, in a blog post someone had linked to on FB and I just spent half an hour trying to find it.

All of that to say *thumbs up* still scary as hell, and apparently it's haunted my mind for YEARS now. 
UnbearableME Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
very good art :) this is a nice piece
wolfraingirlhunter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
no really knose what the black dogs look like, there are many story about them but all of the stories are the same and the black dog is know by alot of names these are some of them,
  • The Gurt Dog ("Great Dog") of Somerset is an example of a benevolent dog, Barguest  is one of them  but there are more, Oude Rode Ogen ("Old Red Eyes") or "The Beast of Flanders" ,"Dog of Darkness", Black Shuck or Shug,  Barguest  you see all are the names the one dog the black dog
Krzysiek2222 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
FlamingHorse21 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa i love it! Kinda looks like my dog Smikey in the winter ^_^
CrimsonThunder90 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013, eat a snickers. You're not you when you're hungry.
Nettleheart Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It's sucking out my souuuulll...
TheGranadian Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sinister and grotesque and love every hair on it! i love that the front paws are that of a human and the back are that of a dog. Eerie.
sioSIN Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
a while ago, my sisters, cousin and i were on the way home from the movies, it was like midnight, we were driving on a road with no houses for quite a long ways and all of a sudden my sister says to my cousin,(who was driving) to slow down because she had a funny feeling... then all of a sudden, there was a freaking black dog standing right in the middle of the road just staring at us!! we almost hit it!my cousin swerved around it and missed it, i then turned around to see it in the same exact position, with its head turned to watch us leave! and we're all animal freaks, when there is a dog in the road we usually stop and see who it belongs to, but we were so creeped out by this dog!! so then after that we see some kid walking like a zombie down a secluded road.. it was a really scary night... absolutely no joke!!
Nettleheart Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sure it wasn't Halloween?
sioSIN Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No joke
Sebastianthesilent Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
That would scare anyone I think... but I like it :D
demonhunter0206 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Its a hell hound they are only seen by damned souls and demons
hopesamoa Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Isn't like the Grim from Harry Potter?
XCrazyHorseX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Student Photographer
i remember hearing this legend at camp o.o;
NixKat Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice.
RavendeDrieu Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Damn dude I just got chills... Awesome job!!! The eyes are super scary... :XD:
Targrad Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
I love this. 'Black Dog' sometime refers to depression, as a sufferer this image certainly reflects what I feel stalks me sometimes.
rottenmaliceETC Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Student General Artist
ahhh. i just love how those EYES ARE SO HAUNTING!
Mik-Trubia Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Is it the "HELLHOUND!":(
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
It reminds me in a legend from here in Tyrol: Centurys ago, when they fought over the fortress of Kufstein, a man betrayed the soldiers of the emperor. For this he was changed into a black dog (looking very similiar to this here) who appears here and there ate fortress until today. He is called the "Klushund" (hermitae dog).
Cheetaaaaa Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
I was wrong, the legend is from Vorarlberg. And it was the fortress of Bregenz. :XD:
Furrily-Costumes Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing job! This is exactly as I pictured it as I was reading that story!
Patrickc1193 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mazyk Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
OMG alll of your Work is Amazing !!!
gany-giny Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011
Brilliant realization of a classic legend. Very well done pawprints. I love the matted, unkempt hair and the glowing red eyes.
PadfootBrush Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Student General Artist
One of the best padfoots/guytrashes/shucks/black dogs I've ever seen!
AbSeNt-PiKacHu Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
this reminds me of the okuri inu (: lol
japanda82 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i had this as a desktop wallpaper when i worked midshift and it always creeped me out. i love this!
saffronpanther Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the cover to The Barking Ghost all over again.
chernobylBound Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
I feel like I'm going to fall over dead just by looking at this picture.
ValterIII Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm gonna tatoo this dog on my back! Epic.
kevex777 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mochi-D Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This sent chills down my spine!~ Just looking at his eyes does that. I think red eyes has been a fear for me since I was little. But this is a really nice interpretation on the Black Dog. :D
sunnyapril Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
whoa i just looked blackdog up and i got some creepy answers.....creepy...thats why i like it
sunnyapril Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010
god thats creepy....but awesome! one day.......death dogs will RULE mwahahahhahaaaa
LittleDirtyVoodoo Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazingly scary. Instant fav!:worship:
bEiLeVe Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
OMG! (and I don't say that often cuz i hate sounding like a girly) I had a nightmare of a hellhound in a hole in my wall(for some random reason XD) and it's face and eyes looked like that! o_O Holy crap! But that was almst a year ago. So I don't the legend is real (Thankfully/Hopefully! I'm rootin for thankfully at this age XD)
xZendai Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't forget that also a story of the Black Dog for truckers. It's said that if a trucker, at any point in time, sees a black dog (which usually it's like a rotty or something of the sort, and it's only a glimpse then it's just gone) they're to quit driving's almost like if they don't, imminent (sp?) death is soon to be found.
OceanEyes101 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
aaaaaa. thats. ahhhhhhhh. scary its really good but it will give me bad dreams.:fear:
MOOSE3137 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
i thought it meant sadness? nice work! very evil!
Tornadominds Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010
Isn't it amazing how just giving it human-ish teeth makes is so much more horrifying?
x-ooga-booga-x Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2009   Photographer
this is like something i see
in my dreams. very simple yet
very creepy. applause. =]
tatsouri Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Very nice work. =)

Where did you do your research for this? Google turned up some interesting things, but I'd like to know more. If you have something specific elsewhere, would you mind sharing?
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