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Scarecrow Harvest Festival Preview 2 by NocturnalSea Scarecrow Harvest Festival Preview 2 :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 23 2 Scarecrow Harvest Festival preview by NocturnalSea Scarecrow Harvest Festival preview :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 22 4 Batsquatch- Washington by NocturnalSea Batsquatch- Washington :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 33 1 Colobops noviportensis by NocturnalSea Colobops noviportensis :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 23 6 Forms of the Mothman by NocturnalSea Forms of the Mothman :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 114 14 Old Saybrook Blockhead by NocturnalSea Old Saybrook Blockhead :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 77 19 Filigree Flatwoods by NocturnalSea Filigree Flatwoods :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 30 2 Filigree Mothman by NocturnalSea Filigree Mothman :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 22 2 Stegomosuchus by NocturnalSea Stegomosuchus :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 30 4 Stegomus by NocturnalSea Stegomus :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 51 3 Protosuchus by NocturnalSea Protosuchus :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 33 6 The Shadow Over Innsmouth by NocturnalSea The Shadow Over Innsmouth :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 28 5 Gowpen by NocturnalSea Gowpen :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 11 2 Megalonyx- Tennessee State Cryptid by NocturnalSea Megalonyx- Tennessee State Cryptid :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 39 11 Scarecrows I have known- Chicle by NocturnalSea Scarecrows I have known- Chicle :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 13 3 Scarecrows I have known- Winnowings by NocturnalSea Scarecrows I have known- Winnowings :iconnocturnalsea:NocturnalSea 23 0

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Critiques

by avancna

Here's the first of probably several critiques. You've got such a great, expansive portfolio that one critique really wouldn't do the w...


My favorite parts of this piece are the textures of the animals' hair. All those crinkled lines make a pleasing contrast with the soft,...

by tobysq

I always enjoy photos that tell a story. Old, used human goods are great for evoking that sense of background. Especially when they're ...


I think my favorite part about this piece is that you've placed the parasite in an actual environment, instead of just drawing it by it...

Commissions

Drawlobite!
Hey everyone. I'm accepting commissions now! I'll draw anything you want in my black-and-white style. Trilobites, yokai, cryptids, anomalocarids, other prehistoric beasties. And so on.

I can send commissions to you as high-resolution JPEGs, PNGs or really any format you want.

Activity


Scarecrow Harvest Festival preview

For the past few months I've been writing and illustrating a book for my son.  He's super into all things spooky and Halloweeny, so this story is all about scarecrows. You may remember some of the sketches I posted a while ago, and the "Scarecrows I Have Known" blog (which is kind of hanging in limbo right now). I wanted each scarecrow in the story to have its own personality and backstory. Eventually, I plan to write up all those backgrounds into their own book with new illustrations. For now, though, I'm focusing on finishing this picture book in time for Halloween.


Here are a few preview pages. While the scarecrows themselves are finished, the background isn't final, though it gives you some idea of what the pages will look like.


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Batsquatch- Washington
Here's another entry from my State Cryptids blog. You can check out more entries here: statecryptids.blogspot.com/

On the morning of April 19th, 1994, Brian Canfield was driving near Mt. Ranier in Washington state when his truck suddenly died. As he struggled to get it started, a tall, furry monster landed on the road before him. Canfield described the bipedal creature as having blue-tinted fur, a wolf-like face, clawed bird-like feet, muscular arms and, strangest of all, a pair of massive wings folded against its back. Though Canfield was terrified of the apparition, the creature did not appear particularly aggressive. It watched him for a bit before opening its great wings and flying off into the night.

Canfield returned to the site later that day with his mother and a neighbor to search for evidence of the encounter. None, naturally, could be found. When his story reached the media, the creature was given the somewhat tongue-in-cheek name Batsquatch.

Though no further sightings of Batsquatch have come to light, this is not the only known report of a giant, bat-like flyer in the United States. In his 2008 book "Dr. Shuker’s Casebook", the famous cryptozoologist Dr. Karl Shuker described a close encounter with a similar chiropteran monster in Raymondville, Texas. On January 14th, 1976, Armando Grimaldo was in his mother-in-law’s backyard when he heard an odd whistling and flapping sound. He did not have time to ponder the curious noises long for he was suddenly attacked by a large winged beast with dark, leathery skin and a flattened, monkey-like face. The monster clawed at Grimaldo, but he was able to escape and flee into the house. Later reports described other sightings of the beast earlier in January throughout the Rio Grande Valley, though none were as violent as the encounter Grimaldo had.

Giant bat-creatures have been reported from other parts of the world as well. In a 1966 article naturalist Ivan T. Sanderson wrote of a child-size, gray bat called the Ahool that allegedly inhabited the jungles of the Indonesian island of Java. According to Sanderson the creature’s name was derived from its distinctive cry, a booming “AH-OOOoool”.  A similar creature called the Orang Bati is said to living on Seram, another island in the Indonesian archipelago.

Could Batsquatch, the Raymondville Beast, the Ahool and other large leather-winged beasts simply be giant bats? The currently largest known bat is the Flying Fox (Pteropus vampyrus)  which has a wingspan of around 5 feet and a body about the size of a small dog’s. Even accounting for exaggeration in some of these eye-witness reports, these unknown chiropterans would exceed that size by several feet, putting them in the same size category as some of the larger extinct pterosaurs.

If these creatures are indeed real what are they eating and where do they live? The Flying Fox consumes primarily fruit, an abundant resource in its jungle home. The Ahool and Orang Bati could perhaps have similar diets. However, the temperate forests of the Pacific Northwest that the Batsquatch allegedly calls home are not so well supplied. Perhaps the Batsquatch is a carnivore. Maybe a nocturnal equivalent to Washington’s hawks and eagles. Owls are certainly the top night-time land predator in North America and would be significant competition for a Batsquatch. But perhaps the creature is a piscivore like the Bulldog Bat (Noctillio leporinus) of South America. Maybe it spends its nights skimming the rivers and coasts, snapping up large fish swimming near the surface.

One of the stranger aspects of Canfield’s description of the Batsquatch was the apparent presence of both arms AND wings. This would mean it was a six-limbed animal, a condition which is completely unknown among land vertebrates. Perhaps Canfield simply misinterpreted the claws on the beast’s wings as hands? Or maybe his mind added the arms to his memory after the fact. Or perhaps the Batsquatch wasn’t even a natural creature at all. Maybe it was an extradimensional entity similar to the Mothman or the Van Meter Visitor, and its appearance was merely a temporary form it assumed in this dimension. Anything more tangible than creative speculation will require more direct evidence of this strange Washington beast.

SOURCES

Cryptozoologicon: The Biology, Evolution, and Mythology of Hidden Animals, Volume 1 by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen, and Darren Naish

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Colobops noviportensis
Here's drawing to go along with an article I recently wrote for Tracks and Trails, the newsletter of Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut. This is Colobops noviportensis, a tiny archosaur relative with a powerful bite.  And here's the article in full:

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COLOBOPS NOVIPORTENSIS: A TRIASSIC REPTILE FROM CONNECTICUT WITH A POWERFUL BITE

by John Meszaros

The Triassic was a time of evolutionary experimentation. In the wake of the mass extinction at the end of the Permian that killed 90% of life on Earth, only a few unspecialized species remained.  As animals adapted to the vacant ecological niches, they evolved a staggering variety of unusual forms: vacuum cleaner-faced aquatic herbivores, fan-winged gliders, long-necked “living fishing poles” and many more. The Triassic creatures probably most familiar to Dinosaur State Park’s visitors are the crocodile-like phytosaurs and the giant flat-bodied amphibian metoposaurs. But these are only the most visible members of the strange Triassic fauna. The largest and flashiest creatures. Like our modern ecosystems, there was much more diversity on the small scale lurking in the low scrub along the river’s edge, scampering among the pine branches, burrowed under roots and in the mud. Case in point, the palm-sized Triassic lizard Colobops noviportensis which had a bite unique among reptiles both living and extinct.

Colobops- whose name means “shortened face” because of its small snout-  is known from a single mostly complete skull about 2.5 centimeters long found in a sandstone outcrop near Meriden, Connecticut. Initially discovered during roadwork in 1965, the fossil was not examined scientifically until 1993. At first it was thought to be a distant relative of the New Zealand tuatara, but a re-examination this year  made with a computer-generated 3-D scan of the skull placed it in the archosauromorpha, the group that eventually led to dinosaurs, birds and crocodiles. Furthermore, Colobops is also thought to be one of the earliest members of the rhynchosaurs, an odd group of beaked herbivorous reptiles- though Colobops itself did not show signs of having had a beak.

The major features that make Colobops  unique are its large jaw muscles called adductors. Though the muscles themselves have not fossilized, their size and strength can be inferred from the exaggerated size of the temporal fossae- the holes on the back of the skull behind the eyes that accommodated them (in humans, the temporal fossae are the depressions on the sides of the skull that run from the temples down under the cheekbones).  Colobops’ adductors are, relative to its skull size, proportionately larger than those of any other known reptile, prehistoric or modern. This means that Colobops had- again relative to its size- a more powerful bite than any other Triassic reptile.

Another unusual feature of this creature is the tip of its snout which is reinforced with partially-overlapping nasal bones, a trait it shares with its larger rhynchosaur cousins. This toughened nose is also similar to the snout of the unrelated modern-day amphisbaena or legless lizard and thus may indicate some level of digging behavior in Colobops, or at least an adaptation to frequent blunt force  to the tip of its skull.

Since no teeth were preserved in the fossil, it’s not known exactly what Colobops ate. However, its unusual jaw adaptations suggest that it had a specialized diet rather than the generalist feeding habits of many modern small lizards. Perhaps it ate tough-shelled burrowing invertebrates. Or, if it was herbivorous like its larger rhynchosaur cousins, maybe it consumed small tubers and other tough plant parts.

While phytosaurs, metaposaurs and other odd megafauna may dominate our vision of Triassic Connecticut, Colobops and its unique jaw structure remind us that there were just as many unique animals lurking in the undergrowth, though much of their diversity has been hidden from us due to the dearth of good fossils.
                                                                   
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Only the skull of Colobops is currently known, so it's body in my illustration is purely speculative. It's fern-mimicking fringes were inspired by the Satanic leaf-tailed gecko


And yes, that IS one of those "Silkhenge" spider nests in the lower left.
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Forms of the Mothman
Here's another illustration from my story about Paranormal Investigator James Lee in the March 2018 issue of Cryptid Culture magazine, which you can get here: www.cryptidculture.com/

My story was influenced by John Keel's Ultraterrestrial hypothesis- the idea that Mothman, Sasquatch, Ghosts, UFOs and other paranormal phenomena might be manifestations of highly advanced beings that either exist in another dimension or which are Earth-based but so advanced that they are effectively invisible to humans most of the time.

For this story I went with the idea that the Mothman being comes from a dimension beyond our basic four. Because it exists in higher dimensions, human brains cannot fully process its form, so the mind translates what it is seeing into a more comprehensible shape. Thus sometimes the being appears as a Mothman, sometimes as an Owlman, sometimes as a Thunderbird and sometimes as other, weirder forms.
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  • Listening to: Gorillaz
  • Reading: Silas of Erithia
  • Watching: Stranger Things
  • Playing: Obduction
  • Eating: Vegetarian Nachos
  • Drinking: Grapefruit Soda
Hey guys! Here's a post from my author's blog, talking a little about some of the real-world mythology behind my novel, At Yomi's Gate:

In my book the source of main character Sakura’s transformation is the Spear of Creation which merges her with the fire deity Kagu-tsuchi-no-kami. But where did this god and the divine spear come from in the first place?

Both have their origins in ancient Japanese mythology, specifically in the creation of the islands of Japan by the deities Izanagi and Izanami.  In my book the priest Izu briefly summarizes this story for Fumito, Ikuko and Sakura, but I thought readers might be interested in a more detailed account of the myth.

The most famous record of the Japanese creation story comes from the Kojiki, or “Record of Ancient Things”. The book was written in 712 AD under the direction of the imperial court as a legendary account of the origins of the Japanese people and, especially, the divine ancestry of the ruling clan.  

According to the Kojiki, the land that would become Japan was originally nothing more than a floating oil-slick that “drifted like a jellyfish” (actual translated words. Not necessary to the story, but I love the image of proto-Japan as a big, blobby jellyfish). Seeing that the land was incomplete, the  divine husband and wife Izanagi and Izanami dipped the Heavenly Jeweled Spear (Ame-no-nu-boko) into the briny oil and stirred it up. When they withdrew the Spear, the liquid dripping off its tip piled up to form the Japanese archipelago.

Once the islands were formed, Izanagi and Izanami descended to Earth and had sex after some rather, uhm, talkative foreplay. To quote the Donald L. Phillipi translation of the Kojiki:

“Then Izanagi-no-mikoto said:

‘My body, formed though it be formed, has one place which is formed to excess. Therefore, I would like to take that place in my body which is formed to excess and insert it into that place in your body which is formed insufficiently, and thus give birth to the land. How would this be?’

Izanami-no-mikoto replied, saying:

‘That will be good’”

Steamy.

During their love-making, Izanami orgasmed first and cried out in pleasure. This annoyed Izanagi, who thought it improper for the woman to climax before he did (Nice, bro. Though at least he acknowledged that women DO orgasm, which I don’t think most Western men figured out until, like, the 1960s).

As a result of Izanami’s impropriety, she gave birth to Hiruko the Leech Child, who was born without bones, arms or legs. The couple sent him away in a reed boat, not considering him one of their proper children due to his deformity.

If you’re feeling bad for poor Hiruko, don’t worry.  He struggled through many hardships but eventually managed to grow a skeleton and became the god Ebisu, patron deity of fisherman and luck, and also one of the Seven Gods of Fortune, some of the most popular Japanese deities. So in the end he did all right for himself.

Anyway, after Izanagi and Izanami’s first failed attempt at procreation they tried again, this time with the male god climaxing first. Apparently that was the magic formula because Izanami gave birth to a ton of deities. Just an absolute ton, you guys. The names go on for like eight pages.  Born at the very end, however, was Kagu-tsuchi the fire god, who burned Izanami’s womb so badly during labor that she died. Izanagi, filled with rage, chopped off Kagu-tsuchi’s head and dismembered him.

In our world, Kagu-tsuchi is still worshipped, often under the names Ho-musubi or Hi-no-kami. He is seen as a purifier who cleanses and renews with his flames, but also as a destroyer. Fire is never very far from people’s minds in a volcanic land like Japan.  Particularly in the past when buildings were made entirely of wood and having your entire house burn down was expected at least once in your life.

Kagu-tsuchi’s fate in the world of the Magma Sea, however, is a bit different...

Also, Izanagi eventually tried to visit Izanami’s spirit in the underworld of Yomi. But the account of that journey will have to wait for a future post.

If you'd like to check out my book, you can read a couple preview chapters here: www.nocturnalseapress.com/samp…

Get a copy from Createspace here: www.createspace.com/4803481

Or a copy on Kindle or in Paperback on Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B013U6UKC8/r…

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John Meszaros
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I'm a marine and wildlife artist based primarily out of Connecticut, but sometimes also out of Tennessee and Florida (I travel with my wife for her aerospace job). Even though my pieces are pretty stylized, I do a lot of research to try to make them scientifically accurate.
I have matted prints for sale on my website, so check it out! I'm also available for commission at reasonable prices.
Most of my stuff is also available on t-shirts from my company Nocturnal Sea Printing. E-mail me if you're interested in seeing anything on apparel.

My Facebook page: Nocturnal-Sea-Biology-Art-by-John-Meszaros

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Skin of choice: Cownose Ray-- soft like a wet, muscular mushroom!
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2019
sorry for a double post, but happy late new year!, i hope new art on aliens and other stuff arrive more quickly this year.
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
hello, it's been long... will you sketch and draw at least alien lovecraftian stuff in this October?, Halloween would be perfect for upcoming lovecraftian monsters.
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Hey there. I can certainly try! October has been shaping up to be pretty busy, but November is quite a slow period, so I could do a few things then! Plus, I consider November part of the "spooky season" of Haloween-Yuletide.
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Xhodocto385 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2018
still waiting, maybe new art would be quicker next month or december or next year.
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GabyCoutino Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice gallery

Have a bunny
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I will gladly take that bunny
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018
Happy Birthday! :)
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NocturnalSea Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!Batman 
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The-Darkwolf Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2018
:D :nod:
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Willy276 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2018
Happy birthday.

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