I figured my next #linocut project. I’m using a Dance of Death theme but I’m including my favorite Xmas baddie: Krampus.
Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts. Regions in Austria feature similar figures and, more widely, Krampus is one of a number of Companions of Saint Nicholas in regions of Europe. The origin of the figure is unclear; some folklorists and anthropologists have postulated a pre-Christian origin for the figure.
My first test print on my new printing press. I need to carve away some of the background – it’s too busy and do some minor touch up in regards to Krampus’ fur and some of the skeleton lines. But pretty happy with it.