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Krampus by FStitz Krampus by FStitz
My contribution for the Krampus challenge at ArtOrder, Jon Schindehettes blog. For infos look -> [link]

The Krampus is a dark "Sidekick" of St. Nikolaus in some parts of southern Germany. I liked the idea of these demon-like guys running through the streets hunting for the bad children...so never put bubblegum in your sisters hair or they'll come for you. :)
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Krampus has recently become more known thanks to movies and TV. From Christmas episodes of Grimm and American Dad to the Horror Comedy movie of Krampus, he is starting to gain more and more fame. With fame comes internet recognition and fanart. Now there is art that is well done, art that is mediocre, and art that was done that makes it look like it was done in Microsoft Paint from the 1990's.

This drawing falls well into the first category. The colors and shading are astounding. I love all the minor details that are in the picture itself. The cracked walls of the buildings, the well defined muscles on the creatures, the ridges on the horns are all intricate. The contrast of the background with the rest of the picture really draws your eye and help tell the story. The way Krampus and his cohorts look just scream demonic and the Christmas tree helps to identify what this is supposed to be. The bells are a nice touch, breaking up the singular color in each creature and the dark colors really help the eyes and mouths pop.

Not everything in this picture is perfect though and like every viewer, there are things I would've liked to seen differently. The Krampus story, as I know it, does not involve any creatures that are like Krampus, however I believe that this was a good choice on the artist's part. Having three demons creates greater emphasis on what is going on and really helps to convey the story and takes up space well. I am also not fully versed in Krampus folklore, so I may be missing something. If so I apologize. The slingshot, though a nice subtle touch, was something that I didn't notice until later, it did not stand out as much as I would have liked. It made it appear as if the three were only going after a child who was innocent. The placement of the tusks in the leader seem awkward and tusks in the one with the beak seems unnecessary. These are minor though and, as stated before, they are more about personal preference, as is the case with all art.

Overall, I greatly enjoy both this picture and the artist's style. I hope that they continue to amaze us with the art that they create. This truly does get across the darker side of Christmas.
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Kim-Hoyer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey.

Are you aware that your image have been used in a youtube video? 
youtu.be/Ap-8PJ3Yzak?t=2m1s
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pookiesaurus4 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
One of them has a pig face. Is that Chort?
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pookiesaurus4 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2017
AH! THERE'S THREE OF THEM!
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
A similar tradition exists among the Hopi Indians. There bad children are actually visited by OGRES ! The governing council takes note of bad children and sends out men costumed as ogres and carrying saws and big baskets (to cut up children and carry them off !). They bully their way into houses, grab at the children and bang at the door frame with the saws ! The parents finally manage to bribe them to leave, which they do with violent threats at the screaming children. The parents play their role expertly, just like the "ogres". The children,however, are NOT pretending !

On another mesa, the ogres visit, but instruct boys to hunt mice and the girls to make hankerchiefs or food, and they'll be back to check on them.
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LaurenKitsune Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Such a cool deviation!
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RogueofFreedom Featured By Owner May 9, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
......
*jumps on Nope train*
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EX475 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2016   Digital Artist
The kid entered the Slaughter Me Street.
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Disneycow82 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
Anyone who has been beyond bad during Christmas time like serial killers, modern day bullies, child molesters, abusive parents/guardians, you better watch out or Krampus will come, and he may haunt and torment you every Christmas for the rest of your life if you don't change your ways. Repent, or he will come.
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Minsafoo Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2016  Student Interface Designer
Nice work!
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gudruna Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
love it
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SammyW28 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016
Hey, the kid bought himself (herself?) when he took aim at Saint Nick!
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powder-sugar Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Is that a Karasutengu-y Krampus in the upper left?! :wow:
I also love how you gave them different animal faces!

The krampus are definitely one of my favorite folktale monsters for sure.
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rocketman732 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is awesome
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evantulacmaster Featured By Owner Edited Mar 11, 2016  Professional Artist
Wonderful. If you like Krampus, feel free to look at this.
My Krampus card by evantulacmaster  
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3781 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 9, 2016
Excellent work, maestro. Krampus looks really cool.

Wow. I think I like Krampus better than Santa-- don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to say bad words or anything. It's just... Sometimes, for children who really tainted the Christmas Essence, no-nonsense punishments are really more effective than reprimands.

Coal for the naughty ones? Too kind. Coal is a tool for warmth, and they(as said in movie Defending Santa) are better distributed for the POOR to keep them safe in the cold and prevent the children from hypothermia. Usually I believe the naughty ones receive nothing, but to be bad enough to summon forth Krampus - these Blackwings? That's got to be some real dark deeds done, or dark wishes made. And if that's the case, swords are better applied than words.

I like the idea of having Krampus with old Saint Nick. They are like the Angel Blackwings - keep the naughtiness in check by any means necessary.
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Rogue98 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Student
To be honest, if I was a bad kid and ran into these three in a dark alleyway at night, they wouldn't have to kidnap me. I'd probably just drop dead on the spot from fright...
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lovelymars908 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
This is simply wonderful.

I would hate to be that kid! Also on the background with Saint Nick!
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Ayronstorkarynx Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
These Krampus looks like Wendigos from Marvel Comics
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WhitePedal25 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
I even heard Krampus goes after bad adults to.
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EnjoyYoursKill Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Student General Artist
looks like ninja gaiden 2 ;)
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LadyofAzzaroth Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Student General Artist
They look Amazing :)
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bbb35 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Spooky, but I think it drives the point into those bad children.
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Lightsthroughshadow Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Photographer
I think Krampus is too extreme with the kids, how are the naughty kids gonna learn if he kills them? Also adults do bad things that are worse than kids sometime like murder and rape, why doesn't Krampus go after the bad grown ups instead?

There are technically more bad grown ups in real life than bad children, children do bad things but learn from them as they mature but these bad kids who survive to be badder adults aren't being punished.

Wouldn't it make more sense for Krampus to drag say full grown adult who did a bad thing like kill someone to hell and just scare the bad kid as the kid did a lesser crime.

Just saying, if Krampus punished guys like Charles Manson then it would be a better example for the world rather than a kid 

Just in my opinion :)
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keniakittykat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Krampus doesn't kill, he punishes depending on the behavior. An unruly child would just get a good scare, and be sent on his way. But a completely rotten child will get beaten with a faggot of sticks.
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Lightsthroughshadow Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Heres a bigger question why doesn't Krampus punish bad adults? Like the things some rotten adults do is like 10 tens worse than what kids do? 

I'd like to see a story where the Krampus goes after Magia Don who killed an entire family of people. Krampus needs to punish those guys not a bad kid 
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Puccalover55 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
There is. Lady Krampus punishes grownups, mostly men, with a paddle or a whip.
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Lightsthroughshadow Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014  Student Photographer
What about bad women like ones who use a man for his money?
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Puccalover55 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
Lady Krampus also goes after them but she just targets men most of the time, I guess because they're more evil or somethin' :shrug: or :dunno: 
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Lightsthroughshadow Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Student Photographer
Woman are just as capable if not more 
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Uvudu-Imaging Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Photographer
very nice!
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
They are from AUSTRIA (not germany) D:
And...these guys look more like Perchten then Krampus. But...Perchten are the original anyway :D
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nocturn7 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Krampus is also known in germany (mostly in Bavaria) and a lot of other countries around the alps : O
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FlyQueen Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
But in most other Countries it has a different Name (Switzerland for example) I believe that Bavaria has the same tradition. They have a lot in common with Austria anyway. 
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Darkwilliam1973 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2012
One question is Santa really friends with the Krampus? Cause dude having a child killer as your best friend isn't exactly a good friendship choice lol
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maxvision92 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Why do you think they always say that you better watch out?
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Letdragon Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
Uh oh, someone looks like they're getting more than coal this Christmas. XD
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vizard355 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
Great picture, I love St. Nick in the background, I almost missed him. Wonderful attention to detail and the legend.
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TheNaturistArtist Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
YOU HAVE BEEN NAUGHTY lol
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FStitz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah...so be nice this year. :D
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TheNaturistArtist Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Oh I will
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netspider86 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Das ist super cool!!! :O

Always loved the Krampus... actually, its tradition is common also in parts of Austria, North-Western Slovenia and North-Eastern Italy, did you know that? :)
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FStitz Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
I just did know that it is a tradition in some parts of the alps.
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
may I add that they remind me of the costumes worn in the Balkans at the beginning of Spring to chase away winter?
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FStitz Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Maybe it's some similar kind of tradition? The Alps and the Balkans are not that far away from each other.
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SlavicWolf Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Certainly a possibility. Now i might have to look into the history of these things.
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Spiritualmonkey Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
Gruß vom Krampus!
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FStitz Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Greetings back! :D
And thanks for favin' him! :)
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great fur work there!

These are really nice Monsters.
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FStitz Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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