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Published: July 23, 2012
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's avatar
AquaticJM| General Artist
Cool piece! I like your portrayal of the Wendigo~ :)
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Imortal-Night|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.
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JeanMorrigan| Traditional Artist
I have to say the description is teryfying...anyway, still a very nice drawing! :-)
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Downstreamchaos|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm liking this one.  Great job.
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Shadowheart82|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
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CewatheOtaku|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 
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KerolainaL|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 
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Skywillow28022|Hobbyist General Artist
this is super cool looking
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Cleaphus's avatar
Nice Work, its quite terrorifying
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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:
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atram95|Hobbyist Artist
Your draw is Magnificent!! Congratulation I love it!!
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Grayton14's avatar
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.
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Little-Missing-Ghost|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!)
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IRAKLASE|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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CircusBabyIsEnnard|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Guess who’ll be drawing Wendigo’s soon?
viewer: welp, she’s gone. 
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wojtek-mazur|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect :)
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CurlKitty|Student Digital Artist
nice Llama Emoji-48 (I'm Cool with Mah Sunglasses) [V2] 
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Golorion|Professional Traditional Artist
I love this kind of creepy :)

great great stuff!
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D3mzu|Student General Artist
Really like the design, lovely work. The eyes are kinda creepy, but that is even better. 
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Evangel-Weaver|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. 
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Marry-Z|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool !!
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blackfury42|Student Digital Artist
this reminds me of until dawn cool ^^
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