As a young weirdo, I’d scare myself silly, reading books about Bigfoots (Bigfeet?), Mothmen and similar spooky creature sightings. Strangely, it was rare that I’d draw creatures from the cryptozoo opting instead to make up my own, or draw monsters from movies or comic books. I did once draw Harry, the Bigfoot from Harry and the Hendersons, but that barely counts. Alas, life has granted me a second chance. This week, I was contacted by a client who required a drawing of a Chupacabra for t-shirt production. Chupacabra is a mythical creature that apparently has a a penchant for sucking on goats.
When El Chupacabra first exploded on the cryptid scene in the 90’s, witness accounts varied. Some described a lizard-like creature with quills, while others reported something more like your standard big-headed-big-eyed alien. Current descriptions and actual photo evidence depicts something more like a hairless hyena/greyhound hybrid. This latter incarnation is what my client requested.It certainly was a fun project to research, and I’m happy with the final illustration. Perhaps a career as a cryptozoological sketch artist lies in my future.