Friday, December 16, 2011


I can't believe I never heard of Krampus before now. I just heard of him last week, and since then I've heard him mentioned like five or six times.

Krampus is the anti-Santa Claus. Whereas I was told that naughty children only received a lump of coal from Ol' Saint Nick, in Alpine folklore they are visited by Krampus, who whips them with sticks and chains, throws them into a bag or basket, and drags him to his lair to be punished and/or eaten.

Here he dispenses his Yuletide vengeance upon three class naughty children from the comics. Re: Dennis the Menace, unlike the current sanitized comic strip, he was originally just as much of a little shit as Bart and Calvin.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Return to Spring Street Studio

I've been chock-a-block busy with work for the past month or two, so it's been a helluva long time since I've been to a life drawing session. Even longer than it's been since I've updated this blog. I've got a break these days ("break" = "unemployment"), so I got myself back to the old Spring Street Studios this afternoon. I was afraid I was going to be wicked rusty, but these didn't turn out so bad. I was drawing way bigger than I usually do, because I ordered a sketchpad online and accidentally ordered a much larger pad than I usually use. These are on 18"X24" paper, and drawn with a Conté pastel pencil, which is also a change-up for me.