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The Thing In White by Ashere The Thing In White by Ashere
The miners and log cutters along the Cumberland tread carefully at night. It's said that something haunts the moonlit roads, white form flitting through the trees, always at the corner of your eye....

Another creature from Appalachian folklore, interpreted from a description that is basically limited to "creepy, bestial, and white." It doesn't really have a name, either--it's only ever referred to as "The Thing in White." Or, apparently, "Sheepsquatch." 
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Saberrex Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That thing is so creepy. i can't help but compare it to Azog the defiler in its musculature.
As much research as I do into things like this, I'm surprised I haven't heard of this thing! But the way you visualized it! It looks truly frightening, yet at the same time amazing! Well done!
Ashere May 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The stories about it are all found in "The Telltale Lilac Bush," by Ruth Anne Musick. I'm glad you like the interpretation! I'm still not totally pleased with it, but I think the design itself works. :)
You really have a great talent for anatomy. Your critters always look like something you could run into in real life; though several of them, this thing in particular, I don't think I'd want to.
Ashere Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your kindness is much appreciated! I think the more grounded a design is, the more scary it can end up being--the uncanny elements seem a little more strange and off balance if they are balanced by more natural anatomy.
^Perhaps this puppy bowls folk over, pins 'em with the forepaws & starts worrying whatever looks vital? Its build seems very bear/hyena-derived, which opens up plenty of brute-force options.

Primo design-related note, Ashere. Incidentally, that exposed-skull motif goes great with the apparent lack of eyes, and those body-bristles add some fine natural texture.


I would almost like to see your interpretation of Apophis, if you ever felt like drawing that. My brain's been stuck on dragons lately, especially that one since he's the major antagonist in a little project of mine.

In other news, looking at that things' shoulder and arm muscles, I'm guessing it would attack more with forelimb swipes rather than biting, though given the sheer volume of beef on its upper body, it could probably just bull rush its quarry without much trouble.
TheMorlock May 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice and creepy!
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