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Last night was Walpurgis, also known as Walpurgistnacht. It’s a hoilday based in European tradition. It could be Catholic or Pagan, depending on how it’s celebrated. Walpurgistnacht, according to Wikipedia: ‘In Germany, Hexennacht (“Witches’ Night”), the night from 30 April to 1 May, is the night when witches are reputed to hold a large celebration on the Brocken and await the arrival of spring and is held on the same night as Saint Walpurgis Night (Sankt Walpurgisnacht).’ 

In honor of Walpurgistnacht, here’s an illustration. Hand drawn, pen and ink.

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Walpurgistnacht. April 2020. Hand drawn by Michele Witchipoo. Pen and ink. 

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December 6th is known as the feast day for St. Nicholas. When we speak of Santa Claus, or ‘old St. Nick’, it’s derived from that saint.

Right now we’ll focus on the Barvian/German version of St. Nicholas. In traditional folklore, he’s the companion to Krampus.  On December 5th, Krampus comes by and takes away all those pesky little brats. The next day, St. Nicholas comes around bearing gifts for all the good children. Krampus was fazed out around World War II, but in recent years he’s made a comeback in pop culture. He’s been revised both Germany and Austria. In part of the U.S. they now have Krampus celebrations. So while this St. Nick illustration won’t be on a greeting card, my Krampus items continue to be best sellers. In fact, I just designed a new Krampus card. You bunch of sickos.

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Krampus In Love. Illustration by Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2019 

Regardless, St. Nicholas has quite an interesting history himself. According to Wikipedia, ‘Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercession, he is also known as Nicholas the Wonderworker.[c] Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, merchants, archers, repentant thieves, prostitutes, children, brewers, pawnbrokers, and students in various cities and countries around Europe. His reputation evolved among the faithful, as was common for early Christian saints, and his legendary habit of secret gift-giving gave rise to the traditional model of Santa Claus (“Saint Nick”) through Sinterklaas.’

Without further ado, here’s the quick Saint Nicholas sketch, completed last night. His buddy Krampus is lurking in the background.

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Quick illustration of St. Nicholas, with Krampus lurking in the background. Artist: Michele Witchipoo. Dec. 2019.

 

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Here’s a commission I did. Krampus dressed like Saint Nicholas.

Krampus dressed like Saint Nicholas. Pen, ink, watercolor. Done in Dec. 2013 by Michele Witchipoo. Commission.

Krampus dressed like Saint Nicholas. Pen, ink, watercolor. Done in Dec. 2013 by Michele Witchipoo. Commission.

FYI…still taking more commissions. Email me at Witchipoo@witchesbrewpress.net.

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The holidays are upon us once again. What better time to show a Krampus pencil sketch:

Krampus pencil sketch. December 2012. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo.

Krampus pencil sketch. December 2012. Drawn by Michele Witchipoo.

Originally I was going to draw the Krampus figure, then ink. As I went along, just kind of liked how the pencil work was coming out. So for now, I’ll keep it as a pencil sketch.

For those who don’t know what Krampus is all about, or for those too lazy to Google…I’ll leave you with a few links. I’ll do this so you won’t have to. Consider that my holiday gift for you, my readers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Krampus

http://www.krampus.com/index.php

http://www.toplessrobot.com/2011/12/10_fun_facts_about_krampus_the_christmas_demon_1.php

Happy Krampus everyone!

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