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It's Nuckalavee by ursulav It's Nuckalavee by ursulav
UPDATE: Nuckalavee T-shirts now available on Redbubble! [link]

Nuckalavee loves going to the beach, running down travelers, and SPF 120 sunscreen! Nuckalavee doesn't like fresh water. Nuckalavee is from Orkney, and wishes everybody would come visit him real soon!

...well, I couldn't stop with just the Krasue, after all. The Nuckalavee is an Orkney myth, a savage monster that appears as a fusion of man and horse, without any skin, that emerges from the ocean and runs down the unwary unless they can reach running water in time.

Prints available, and you can get Krasue and Nuckalavee as a set as well! [link]
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:iconcybercorn-entropic:
CyberCorn-Entropic Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2017
My Little Nuckalavee.  Friendship is Horror.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
I wonder if I would be safe getting to strolling or at least walking water?

Looks great.
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KalahariMeerkatfan Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy...but actually so adoreble. He looks like a little baby Nuckalavee and he looks so cute despite being...well this way. I hope you make more of these little monsters since you do very good with them
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sleepycrow Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Wow, I wish I was able to be that happy while running around skinless in and around salty sea water. That must take some fierce levels of cheeriness and optimism! :D
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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh. My. God. Adorable!
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:iconredandhell:
RedAndHell Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Student General Artist
joy
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:iconhareguizer:
Hareguizer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Curses! You have uncovered my weakness for cute monsters!
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:iconfleshwings:
fleshwings Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow making this monster cute doesn't make it any less terrifying.
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:iconmini-wolfsbane:
Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I've got nightmares for life. ;)


Really though, it is both cute and disturbing. Nice work.
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:iconstardragger:
StarDragger Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Creepy, yet....disturbingly cute.
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:icongrammarshinehyena:
GrammarshineHyena Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow... that's adorably messed up! xD
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:iconcavy102:
cavy102 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2011  Student General Artist
I love it!
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:iconyodimus-prime:
Yodimus-Prime Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
How gleefully horrifying! :D
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:iconepsilon-volans:
Epsilon-Volans Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Professional General Artist
Funny, I was searching for this creature earlier, but had forgotten how it was spelled. Then I stumbled upon this bizarrely cute version. Yep, a keeper for sure!
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:iconinfinitysquired:
InfinitySquired Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
One of my favorite monsters...:) Very cute!
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ShardAerliss Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
How come, in all my folkloric readings, I've never come across this? Or maybe I did... and rapidly scrubbed it from my mind.

You know, I think it's made all the more hideous by its cuteness.
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VaguelyCreepy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Student General Artist
Wait, you're telling me this thing, this thing without skin, lives in salt water?!
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:iconfriendlyquark:
friendlyquark Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Writer
My two year old saw this on my computer screen and cried out "Awww! Cute dragon!", so, a total win on your part!
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wolverinefairy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I saw this picture and sang, out loud mind you, the tune from 'A Bard's Tale' about the Nuckalavee:

'Oh, Nuckalavee! Nuckalavee! You're big an evil an' heinous! Who could it be, that set ye free? He really must be an anus!'

Followed by some merry bagpipes.

By far, the cutest picture of a horrible skinless horsemanbeast I have yet seen. He looks like a character from a too sugary children's show with heavy themes of friendship and teamwork. And what better mascot for such a thing than a guy -and- a horse who happen to be conjoined and are forced to work together?
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GarnethRiparian Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Oh God save me from the pink grinny monster. XD
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:iconartistmeli:
ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Freaky! And somehow Pokemon-like...
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:iconduskchant:
DuskChant Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Student General Artist
That thing scares me. xD
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:iconadmx:
admx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011
So cuuuteee!! :la::+fav:
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:iconparalissa:
Paralissa Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so amazing.
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:icondragondoodle:
dragondoodle Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow . . . that is amazing . . . :wow:
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:icontimephilosopher:
TimePhilosopher Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Dear god that's scary as fuck. O_o
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:iconfaeamara:
FaeAmara Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
I love your adorable takes on terrifying creatures/myths/monsters. Just awesome.
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:iconlokisjester:
lokisjester Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
With these two being of the same theme - cute, cuddly horrible monsters - I can see a webcomic, or even a graphic novel. Especially if you keep doing the adorable nightmares. :-)
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babbletrish Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh... oh gosh...
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:iconlaughingastarael:
LaughingAstarael Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh god. I just finished reading Elizabeth Bear's novel Whiskey and Water, and really really could have lived without being reminded of her unflinching and vivid descriptions of him... except...

He's so cuddly here!
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mawiiB3 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A cute Nuckalavee. I think something just burst inside my brain! :la:
This is absolutely cracked, and absolutely wonderful! You've done it again, miss! Wonderful job!
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LupisDarkmoon Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student
Thank you! I *finally* found someone who knows what a Nuckalavee is! (By the way, I'd forgotten their name. >.<)
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:iconduskdiamond:
DuskDiamond Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
This is the perfect way to educate young children on the dangers of faeries without scaring them to bits... mostly.
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:iconkorfa:
Korfa Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Yeah, we should have expected more of these...
...this is absolutely fantastic. Your brain is beautiful and terrifying all at the same time.
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Catlore Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I must know, did you do the border yourself, too, or is that a punch of some kind?

Your brilliance continues. Can't wait to to spend more money on your stuff at WhicheverConItis in Roanoke next year.
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Benjamin-the-Fox Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can honestly say I never expected this critter to be rendered in this art style.

I still remember the first time I read about it in that old "Fairies" art book, and wondering what on earth could have inspired it.
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Pilar-Sama Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Artist
LOL one of my favorite mythical critters and I can't get over how something like this can be interpreted so cutely. The inclusion of bones is awesome too.
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casadrat06 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Teehee, another good one. ^^ Can you do more creepy legends, etc.? These are awesome.
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:iconowlor:
Owlor Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that you spotlight some lesser-known myths,
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:iconharetrinity:
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
My Little Nucklavee!
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:iconfrogpianist90:
frogpianist90 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i imagine a horrible sound coming from this thing
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shrela Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
haha there is spf 120 sunscreen i have some. I burn in 15 minutes normally. This stuff lets me stay out quite a bit longer!
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:iconbudgieface:
BudgieFace Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
This has made me properly giggle like an idiot. It's so so wrong.... but SO DARNED RIGHT.
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:iconhirudoh:
Hirudoh Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
So cute deadly monster . Like a cat - they fear water too ^^
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:iconharu-chii:
Haru-chii Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Such a horrific creature, rendered adorable. I love it!
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:iconsmiling-grouch:
smiling-grouch Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
My Little Pony rejects.
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Chibidrow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Yay! Thank you for making him, he is so awesome.
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EmperorNortonII Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, you managed to make it cute! I can easily see this on Adventure Time!
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saradres Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cute and terrifying is right!! I love you twisted sense of humor!
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:iconsarahorsomeone:
Sarahorsomeone Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
SPF120 sunscreen.. I'd so buy that if it existed!
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