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These were going to be part of a Christmas card for my brother until I realized my brother isn't a monster maniac like me.^^; I want to color them eventually but for now Imma just upload the pencils because I'm mighty proud of them. And because I'll be away for Christmas so yeah.

For those of you who don't know, a cryptid is a creature that has been sighted and reported but never proven by science. Famous examples of cryptids include Big Foot, The Loch Ness Monster, and the Chupacabra.

Up top: Mothman! Mothman is a flying humanoid monster that was sighted around Point Pleasant, West Virginia from 1966 to 1967. It was often described as having huge wings in place of arms, no head or a large head that merges directly to it's shoulders, and huge glowing red eyes. It was also said to be able to fly without moving it's wings. Many people who sighted Mothman later reported other strange phenomenons such as UFOs, poltergeist activity, and encounters with the men in black. (Yes, before there was a comic or movie, the men in black were an actual thing. However, reports of the real men in black are usually much more strange and sinister than Will Smith. And for that matter, much better looking than Tommy Lee Jones!)

On the bottom: The Flatwoods Monster! The Flatwoods Monster is one of the most famous cryptids to only be sighted once. Well, famous if you're actually into cryptids. If you're like most people you've probably never heard of it. It doesn't make too many appearances in American pop culture. And yet, oddly enough, it occasionally pops up now and them in Japanese video games and comics. (The Japanese seem to be more open minded when it comes to the supernatural than Americans. Which is why I sometimes think I was born in the wrong country. But that's a whole other ramble.)
The Monster was seen on September 12, 1952 in Flatwoods, West Virginia by a group of six teenagers and one adult after they saw what appeared to be a meteor crash into a nearby hill. When they went to investigate they encountered a ten foot tall monster with a bright green body, a blood red spade-shaped head, and glowing eyes.

When Christmas-ifing the Flatwoods Monster of course the obvious choice was a Christmas tree.:D
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Dragonite9898 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
I mostly freak out when I see a flatwoods monster picture. Especially that one on Wikipedia but your's is adorable
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kingbobthejoe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I especially like what you did you Mothman. :)
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Cattype Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Thanks! Like dress-up or style wise?
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kingbobthejoe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Both
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Cattype Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013   Traditional Artist
Awesome.:)
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kingbobthejoe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Love it! Instant favorite. :)
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treeant Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student
no, just a funny coincidence
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treeant Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student
nice, but they remind me of something
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Cattype Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013   Traditional Artist
Is that a bad thing?
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jo-jo999freak Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Artist
AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW ^u^! WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
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SailorPhantom Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are so cute!
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Azadeth Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't confuse the Japanese enjoying using monsters in their media as being actual belief in such things. For that matter, don't assume it in general - most of the time, the interest is merely as a source of entertainment.

As it should be.
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Cattype Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012   Traditional Artist
Sorry, maybe I should've been more clear but I was trying to not get into that ramble I mentioned but it seems you leave me no choice. See, I wasn't confusing enjoying monsters in media with actually believing in them, I was thinking more in terms of what people are willing to talk about.

The Flatwoods Monster doesn't appear much in American pop culture because most Americans don't except it for being too outlandish. The only cryptids to become main stream in America are the ones that seem vaguely plausible. Ex. "If humans evolved from apes and there's a missing link then maybe Big Foot is the missing link!" "Reports of the Loch Ness monster sound just like plesiosaur and Loch Ness is really deep and murky. Maybe a plesiosaur could be hiding in Loch Ness!" (It's like a person on a vegetable diet trying to justify having carrot cake.) That's why Big Foot and The Loch Ness Monster get their own documentaries on Discovery Channel, their own movies, and occasionally pop up in tv series while the Flatwoods Monster doesn't even get it's own Syfy Channel Original Movie.

Meanwhile, monsters have been a hot topic in Japan for centuries, having been featured in everything from ukiyo-e to anime. Japanese folklore is crammed with hundreds of crazy monsters such as shapeshifting animals, women with stretching necks, bean washing goblins, the ghost of rice farmer haunting his paddies in the form of a mud man, giant feet demanding to be washed, horse heads dangling from trees and so on and so on. Japanese cryptids are just as bizarre with man-dogs, humanoid whales, and chubby snakes that can pounce and roll down hills by biting their tails. And all these monsters get plenty of attention in all forms of Japanese media.

I can't attest for how seriously most Japanese take the supernatural but they don't seem to snub monsters for being too implausible or too outlandish like Americans do. Instead, they seem to relish monsters because they're outlandish. Where as most Americans look at the Flatwoods Monster and scoff, the Japanese seem to look at it and say, "That's cool! I want a toy of that!" or "That's awesome! I'm putting that in my manga!"

I love the supernatural because I love talking about the supernatural. I don't care if it's real or not. But anytime I try to start a conversation about it I immediately get hit with "You seriously believe that stuff?" when I said nothing to imply that I did or "Well someone just made that up" and then they refuse to acknowledge it any further without even considering alternative theories or just entertaining the idea if it being real just to see what road it leads. All I really want to do is talk about something I love with someone else.

And THAT'S when I start to wish I was Japanese.
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