So, I've been working on a painting that deals with a creature who punishes naughty children (Krampus), and it inspired me to do a sketch of another creature of consequence... the Kelpie.
For those unfamiliar, the Kelpie was a supernatural water horse from Celtic folklore that was believed to haunt the rivers and lochs of Scotland and Ireland. The scenario would play out something like this: a child is lured onto the Kelpie's back, where once astride, the Kelpie's skin would become adhesive. At that point the Kelpie would gallop full speed back into the murky depths of the water, where its victim would then be drown and devoured.
Moral of the story? Things are not always as they seem...? Or, maybe it was simply to say that kids should come in before dark and not play around bodies of water by themselves. Seems like a scary story to tell children, but then again... most folk tales are a bit gruesome. At any rate, they make for some fun sketch ideas.