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In other words, greetings from Krampus. As most kids await Santa’s arrival tonight, many kids know they haven’t been perfect. Some will be hiding under their beds, hoping the Krampus passes them by. Who’s the Krampus, you ask? In folklore, he’s Saint Nicholas’ shadow meant to scare the bad kids while Saint Nick rewards the good ones. His pre-Christian origins make him quite unsettling a figure, but the traditions surrounding the Krampus endured, and so did he.
Without a doubt, Krampus is monstrous. How else do you scare straight the spoiled children? Other than a terrifying appearance, he would leave you a birch rod, or I like to think, a lump of coal. Santa never had time to deal with the bad ones, let alone carry around coal! However, later depictions started to skew him as malevolent, stuffing kids in baskets and carrying them off. Hollywood took it a step further with those quasi-horror films made popular with the 2015 release of Krampus written and directed by Michael Dougherty. Krampus was virtually unknown in North America before the movies but is gaining popularity every year.
This Krampus is no different but Santa looks incredible in a kilt, so why not the Krampus? This art is part of my upcoming project release slated for 2021.
When I posted this on Instagram, the only comment I got was, “Epic herbs pipe.” While that may be true, it’s my vision that it gets stuffed with the old fashioned tobacco that a high brow sophisticate of the early 20th would enjoy. I tend to picture a Hemingway type with this in one hand and a pistol in the other. However, this character has all the superficial evidence to support being a cliche but is, in fact, layered and complex. I can’t do that to him. At least, not entirely. His meerschaum pipe has a surprising history and will present itself in due course.
Recent inspirations have led me back to a project that I abandoned many winters ago. Thinking about it now, I don’t know why I looked the other way. I can’t help but recall some things that Elizabeth Gilbert said in her book Big Magic. I’m paraphrasing, but she talked about how ideas find you and then leave you if you don’t pay attention to them. Perhaps that’s the case here. I’m glad that when it went out into the world, it couldn’t find anyone else. So with great enthusiasm, I present to you Eyeser Wilhelm, a character from the story.
There is much that needs explaining here that will be in due course. For the time being, though, I will leave you with another great wisdom from Elizabeth’s book.