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The Wendigo is a creature of North American (Algonquian speaking cultures) origin, part man, part beast and part tree, he is said to be born of one who has consumed human flesh. The hunger grows and grows until the man's soul is as warped as his body.

The Wendigo - by all accounts a spelling free-for-all - is a cannibalistic spirit associated with Winter, famine, cold and the North. Either a man becomes a Wendigo by resorting to cannibalism, or the spirit possesses him through a dream.

"The Weendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Weendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody. Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Weendigo gave off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption."

Thank you, wikipedia for that fascinating and absolutely terrifying description. Which I only looked up after I drew this, so I'm glad I got it right.

There is also such an animal as Wendigo Psychosis, which is "a condition in which sufferers developed an insatiable desire to eat human flesh even when other food sources were readily available, often as a result of prior famine cannibalism."

On a lighter note; "Give him another ear, Ruth. Life is hard enough with a face like that" - Daddy~

This was done this afternoon in clutch pencil and edited in Gimp.

In other news, I practically pissed myself reading up on this. Guess who's not sleeping tonight?
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AquaticJM Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018   General Artist
Cool piece! I like your portrayal of the Wendigo~ :)
Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This it a great Wendigo! The design stands out among other antlered versions in my opinion, not to mention the skill with the detail is really good. I particularly lie how the eyes are not drawn in but rather shaded around making then appear so luminous.
JeanMorrigan Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2018   Traditional Artist
I have to say the description is teryfying...anyway, still a very nice drawing! :-)
Downstreamchaos Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm liking this one.  Great job.
Shadowheart82 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful work. Really like all the little details on it. The branches, fur, sharp teeth and the way you did the claws. I think the eyes makes the critter look at little more surprised than scary, but that's maybe just me... Love the idea of the eyes though
Nicely done on the shading too
CewatheOtaku Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2018  Student Digital Artist
Really good drawing bbbuuttt now I'm scared I saw it and my heart jumped out it's cool thoScared Scared Yugi icon Kirito (Fear) [V2] PTP - Parappa Scared Panic 
KerolainaL Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Love your style! I think the thin pencil lines really add the needed detail for the faint spookiness.
I love the jaw/eyes the most Heart 
Well doneHug 
Skywillow28022 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
this is super cool looking
Cleaphus Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018
Nice Work, its quite terrorifying
SchattenLotus Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2018
lol the Chip on the Ear :XD:

Cool Artwork :clap:
Humans were afraid of pretty much everything back in their Days, weren't they?
I wouldn't even be surprised if they feared their own Shadow coming after them,
if it would be possible for Demons to possess Shadows :XD:
atram95 Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
Grayton14 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2017
Who would win between a skinwalker, a wendigo, or a dogman? I vote Dogman because they are the tallest, the biggest, the strongest, and they look like werewolves and most people love dogmen more then skinwalkers and wendigos. And I am sure that dogmen and wendigos are both better then skinwalkers.
Little-Missing-Ghost Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes! The Wendigo is one of my favorite creatures in all north American culture/mythology (added a slash there in case I am wrong on one side or another). You did such a good job! I'll be adding you to my art feature journal! (That is if you don't mind of course!)
IRAKLASE Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2017  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
CircusBabyIsEnnard Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guess who’ll be drawing Wendigo’s soon?
viewer: welp, she’s gone. 
CckyGy81 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2017
wojtek-mazur Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect :)
CurlKitty Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
nice Llama Emoji-48 (I'm Cool with Mah Sunglasses) [V2] 
Golorion Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this kind of creepy :)

great great stuff!
D3mzu Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2017  Student General Artist
Really like the design, lovely work. The eyes are kinda creepy, but that is even better. 
Evangel-Weaver Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When I was much younger, truthfully, I was scared to death that I'd get lost and be turned into a Wendigo. Down where I used to live, out in the middle of nowhere, kids did actually go missing and I always thought it was these monsters- now it's a bit of a morbid thought, but, when I imagined them they looked similarly to this. It's very well drawn, it looks crisp, and oddly clean. Thank you for this. 
Marry-Z Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool !!
Presidiario413 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
blackfury42 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2017  Student Digital Artist
this reminds me of until dawn cool ^^
BooMinionDraws Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks amazing!
JesseAllshouse Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2017
YWhaleJoe Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i think it would be better if the Wendigo had an deer skull.
lunarkaijuwarrrior1 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2017   General Artist
A little thing I wrote to describe the wendigo. I am winter, the cold given form, I am greed and famine, I am death, cannibalism incarnate, I am wendigo and I hunger.
REXVANRYN Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017
Outstandingly creepy.
tyrannicaltabbycat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... kinda looks like me when I wake up....
Zaloffshat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Spooky! Yet, amazing pencilwork too! I love it!
TatyanaChugunova Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Aw, it's so creepy and awesome! Like it!:o (Eek) Heart 
JoshuaKrause Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
drawing one is ballsy since they can possess you in dreams. lucky for you you didn't do a realistic one one that existed. your close tho. but, far enough to be safe
JohnSpartan1982 Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Those are neat spirit demons i gotta say.

Looks like the Faun from Pan's Labyrinth.
TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016   Traditional Artist
Nice. The way you did the eyesame is a nice touch. I've always found big wide eyes on monster faces creepy as hell
StarSlug Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is just awesome. Possibly the creepiest Wendigo on DevArt.
UraniumLord Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it weird that I find him kinda cute o.O
AnimeDovahkin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!  I love this!
TheKid2238 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I vow to get this as a tattoo.
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
If you do, I'd like to see it.
TheKid2238 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Kazator88 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014


I am a craft beer brewer from Slovakia and would like to ask if I can use your picture on one of my labels? It is west cast ipa called Wendigo. Please let me know what you think about it.Thx


TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oooooohhhhhh scary I love it.
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be one of my favorite wendigo designs of all the ones I've seen thus far. I'm researching for a costume that I plan to make at some point in the future, and I want to create something that is easily recognizable as a used-to-be-human while still having the elements of a fully-transformed wendigo. You seem to have captured this concept nicely! The antlers and eyes are probably my favorite parts. Well done!
IllynReaver Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Love love love this drawing! :tighthug: 
Obisidian-Mirage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was looking at various Wendigo pictures and this has to be one of the scariest.... those eyes, the smile/grin *shiver*
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm really glad you think so.
jcampopiano Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013

My name is John Campopiano and I'm getting in touch with you about the drawing of a Wendigo that you have on your website. For the last two years my film partner and I have been making a documentary about the origins of Stephen King's Pet Sematary and, in the book, the wendigo is referred to quite a bit. We'd like to use several wendigo photographs in the documentary and we're wondering about getting permission from you to use this wonderful drawing.

Thank you so much for your help in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please email:

Thank you!
Fanta-Faye Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
It's.. more than awsome.. it's.. there ain't any word to describe!
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh gosh~ v///v Thank you so, so much~!
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