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Wendigo - CGhub Draw Jam by DarkMechanic Wendigo - CGhub Draw Jam by DarkMechanic
Entry for this months draw jam over on CGHub, if you guys haven't tried it, I recommend it, 2 weeks to make an illustration based on a pre-decided topic. Its good to do something creative, work on the composition and interpretation of an idea. Although usually, a professional digital artist just comes in on the last day, does something half-related, and wins the jam. But for those that want to learn and measure themselves, its good!

Edit - A Wendigo is a native american demon/boogie-man devised to scare people out of cannibalism when food was scarce (anyone who ate human flesh would turn into a Wendigo). For the challenge, I decided to interpret it not as a physical monster per-se, but maybe a vision of warning, or a hallucinogenic dream one would have on the brink of death/starvation. Suicide was the only option when faced with the choice of eating your own kind, hence the knife before the apparition.
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Wendigo - CGhub Draw Jam by ~DarkMechanic ( Suggested by mamiffer and Featured by Thiefoworld )
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B-VI Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
Each time I see this drawing, I think of Adventure Time ^^ Not sure if it's the style or the desolated/unreal ambiance...
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:iconmaniac82:
maniac82 Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
simply brilliant!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks dude!
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:iconartsyaica:
ArtsyAica Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I like your choice of interpretation! Especially the presence of the knife! Also, you've got a lovely style!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks you!
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work! Great style. Congratulations!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks you!
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:iconamairim:
Amairim Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D The stories of the Wendigo are so interesting :3
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:iconayumispender:
AyumiSpender Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
In the preview I thought it was Aku lol.
He's cute.
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:iconthe-back-of-beyond:
The-Back-of-Beyond Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Photographer
I thought it was Aku as well :XD:
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:iconfineshard:
FINESHARD Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so cool, the Wendigo doesn't get enough attention, for such an interesting mythological creature. Anyone who is interested in them should read The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey. (It's the second book in the series, though.)
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:iconsms00:
SMS00 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Very surreal and creepy.
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! Hold me... I'm scared. 
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:iconsms00:
SMS00 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Sure thing. XD
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:iconvengefulpadre:
Vengefulpadre Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
looks alot like hellboy animation style 
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:iconrenewalazar:
Renewalazar Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Learn something new every day. Really like how creepy it feels. But creepy in a good way! Thank you for sharing!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks you!
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:iconkenyastarflight:
kenyastarflight Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks for bringing some attention to a lesser-known mythological creature!  :)  This guy is appropriately scary, yet I love the little details such as the crows on his headdress and the eyes and teeth being the only visible bits of his face.  Though is that skull sitting in his hand, or peering out of his exposed ribcage?  Either interpretation could work.
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, and the placement of the skull is supposed to get you asking that question, the whole cannibal thing.
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing - love the concept and the details - your style is awesome too~
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
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:iconircriket:
ircriket Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Very very nice.
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconcooley:
cooley Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great execution in the inkig and character design - but most of all I like that you used a cultural reference and ran with it. Once I read the explanation, I appreciated the image even more.
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man, glad you dig it!
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:iconarcanehalo:
arcanehalo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
beautiiffful
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thaaanks!
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:iconadelaidegladney:
adelaidegladney Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Photographer
Gorgeous!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Love the whole design of this, it expresses the idea of the Wendigo very well. I really like the block colors and the desert palette. It's an appropriately haunting piece. Congrats on the DD!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot, glad you like it!
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:iconwildhells:
Wildhells Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Awesome!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:icontanksmallcape:
tanksmallcape Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting take.  Awesome work.
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thank you!
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:iconmastertrevor:
MasterTrevor Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice i enjoy it!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
nice!
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:iconveratai:
Veratai Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this looks awesome :)
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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:iconrobson666:
robson666 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist
congratulations on the well deserved Daily Deviation
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks dude!
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Sleyf Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant! I love how creepy you designed it, and the details you added such as the knife, I think it would be a very frightening apparition to hallucinate about!
Congratulations on the DD
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DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks a lot, glad you dig it!
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:iconsleyf:
Sleyf Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    Congrats on the DD! :dalove:
    Have a nice day! :heart:
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks, you too!
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:iconlintu47:
lintu47 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
    My pleasure, thank you :happybounce:
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Eres-Graph Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Very nice!
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:icondarkmechanic:
DarkMechanic Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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