The Monster of Elizabeth Lake Entry # 5

The Monster of Elizabeth Lake Entry # 5

God I love a mystery! With just a tiny bit more context I’d know whether this is Evil genius fingers to the third power or a super welcoming “come on! jump! I’ll catch you! I promise!” but we’re left adrift in a foggy sea of wonder… which has might I add i very nice palette and hey… Sauron!

The Lady of the Lake Entry # 6

The Lady of the Lake Entry # 6

Since your technique is strong, I’m just going to point out that it’s a lot funnier, what with the slightly cocked wrist, if you imagine she just slammed that sword into an unexpectedly hard edge of frame and there’s and underwater “WTF!” going on.

The Kitsune Entry # 20

The Kitsune Entry # 20

Yes such big ears you have! Our artist says its modeled after a Fennec Fox, but I’m pretty damn sure he was working from a pic of my old teddy bear hamster… Just saying… and dammit those are some clean lines on that cutlery!

The Hippalectryon Entry # 5

The Hippalectryon Entry # 5

hahaha! It sorta glitches your brain doesn’t it?… like you glance see the glorious halo of light around the mane and wings and your mind settles on majestic 80s “trapper keeper” art but as your eye rolls down, its suddenly wtf is that chicken doing there? And how is it possible that it’s center of gravity still feels right? That’s good beasting!

The Sphinx Entry # 7

The Sphinx Entry # 7

Oh I’ve most def had enough cats in my life to recognize “about to yack a furball” posture! Pretty good way to start a riddle if you think about it… puke something up and then just say “Guess what this was?” You should get a freaking foreshortening badge for that crown btw!

The Selkie Entry # 5

The First Place Selkie Entry

So dammit if that doesn’t look like the cool, misty coast of a beautiful Scottish isle! And you gotta love that a seals blubbery construction, allows this to look elegant in its beastly form and simultaneously still remind me a lot of Bobcat’s zippered Godzilla suit from One Crazy Summer!

The Billdad Entry # 11

The Billdad Entry # 11

Ok so I’m calling you’re just showing off with that delicate queen anne’s lace fluttering in the Maine breeze! ๐Ÿ˜‰ That being said I would feed this thing minnows all day if he’d let me… and I kinda love those huddled beaver shoulders!

The Hombre Gato Entry # 4

the Hombre Gato Entry # 4

Tu gaucho gato es muy guapo! or something like that (remember i wasn’t especially fond of my spanish teacher!) And seriously who doesn’t chew on a mouse tail when contemplating how best to herd your flock off a dangerous Argentinian hillside? Good call there!

The Turkey 2015 Entry # 25

The Turkey 2015 Entry # 25

Fighting for the forces of finely feathered flavor! haha! So seriously the crotch weight shifted forward way he has to ride that fowl makes me pretty damn happy! It’s like you have to greet the steed (well bird), the riders pelvis, then finally, the rider himself!

The Cynocephali Entry # 6

The First Place Cynocephali Entry

Hahaha so this came with a note that simply said ” I kinda wish they still made pants like this.” which immediately made me laugh, but then i was trying to figure out why the posturing looks so F’ing good… and you know dammit, it really is those pants! The way that helmet makes this feel cartoon dog is amazing btw!

Judge’s Commentary – You know all the talent and creativity involved aside, it’s that the helmet reminds me of the ships the Pollutants came to Wump World inside of in one of my favorite Bill Pete children’s books… now if someone could only give me a bumbershoot tree to keep the dew off my back!

The Mummy Entry # 9

The Mummy Entry # 9

Man good memory trigger here! So my 7th grade English teacher had basically every Iron Maiden “eddie” poster ever made plastered on the walls of her classroom, We all thought it was super weird then, but in hindsight I kinda love it. And for the record, I always liked Egyptian Eddie best!

The Ogre Vs The Pukwudgie Entry # 9

The Ogre Vs The Pukwudgie Entry # 9

Haha dammit now I’m going to be guessing all day what those ingredients are? two cups cheese? I mean that’s a lot of cheese, but pukwudgies are lean? maybe you need it for richness and mouthfeel? or maybe its the healthy option, chard? or even better maybe it’s like one of those silly 5 minute recipes?…. one pukwudgie, 2 cups canned chowder, garnish and done!

The Kappa Entry # 3

The Kappa Entry # 3

Oh dammit! Now i want a Kappa! I mean easily 50% of how cute something is is how it eats right? And this thing eats like it needs a hug! Plus while I know that the front of the shell is in fact, pretty anatomically accurate, I kinda love that it looks a lot like its wearing a terrycloth romper!

The Onocentaur Entry # 8

The Onocentaur Entry # 8

“One of the sites I read said their hooves turn to hands when they need them and that they’re pretty into clubs.” – Haha! Dammit I hate when the lil notes they come with make me laugh before i even see the drawings… Those feathery ass ear/horns on his head piece are brilliant and if it’s fair to say, you shade your armor a like a man who’s maybe painted a pewter miniature or two in his day ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Far Gorta Entry # 7

The Far Gorta Entry # 7

Shrouded in anguish.
Dissolution weighs heavy.
The end is nearing.

The Beast Of Bray Road Entry # 9

The Beast Of Bray Road Entry # 9

I know Mr Werewolf, the Illinois side of the state line does have a tendency to smell a lil icky and stale… And I know a lot of you folks are saying. “oh why so much blood?” but having spent a lot of time in ‘sconnie, I can almost guarantee that’s cobbler juice, and I’m guessing by the way it’s splattered, a damn fine one!

The Thunderbird Entry # 9

The Second Place Thunderbird Entry

Well dammit if that’s not really pretty! I’m especially fond of the bio-tribal patterning. Plus it looks like you’re using Bill Alexanders old “mighty sky blue”! And finally how cool is it you’re also saving a spot for the second place badge, get it, second place, cause there’s no way your beating me…. neveeeeeer!!! haha!

Judge’s Comments – I’ll admit that when they first started selling us on the dinosaurs had feathers schtick, I was a bit resistant to the idea… I mean at that point I’d already been drawing em without for over a decade, and everyone knows Chips hate change… but I mean if they looked this bad ass… I suppose that’s ok… ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Berserker Entry # 4

The Berserker Entry # 4

Man! I love when you wanna guess what they’d smell like from a mere glance! I’m saying somewhere between Fritos and old tent! And now that I’m guessing, given the color of the gore splatter, I kinda love the idea that he’s just ravaging the hell out of a German chocolate cake!

The Subterranean Reptoid Entry # 6

The Third Place Subterranean Reptoid Entry

Whoa that is one hell of a cloaca he’s smuggling in that jumper! I’m kinda in love with the Choose your own adventure action pose and the fact that I’m pretty sure there is some Bossk reference being used for those lizardy feets! Well that or Reptoids just dig capris?

Judge’s Comments – I ‘mediately smiled when I saw this one because I envision it to be the poster for a space b-movie from the 60โ€™s produced by subterranean reptoids. We all know they hold secret power in the city so this is entirely likely. In fact itโ€™s possible this exists and the artist here just stole it from some underground cinema that plays old lizard flicks but even in that case Iโ€™m awarding it because I wouldnโ€™t dare break into one of those theaters.

The Pukis Entry # 4

The Pukis Entry # 4

So part of the Pukis legend says that they can turn into a cat… So I believe what we have here is a half hairless cat, half calico dragon! Which by itself is kinda badass, with his lil dragony nose parts and such. But I can’t help but be remarkably entertained that it looks like it has lil boobs!

The Feral Children Entry # 6

The Feral Children Entry # 6

Coyly pondering whether he should nap in a garbage can for the day or quietly savoring some poop remnants on his finger? I mean he’s feral, he’s allowed. Plus as with homeless folks with pigeon plume n bone headdresses, I think it best to avoid contact with folks in possum pussed pampers. Update! We got a colored version that really pops the possum (god i love alliteration) with the added benefit of a freaking boomerang! Nicely played!

The Monopod Entry # 7

The First Place Monopod Entry

“I have one leg, I have one leg…” Man I’ve been doing yoga for quite a few years now and i cant even come close to smoking through my ear! To quote my wife “That’s why they call it practice” What’s funny is how close this probably is to what our legendary early explorers really saw!

Judge’s Commentary – Now I tend to complain about judges giving in to the pull of a talented artist over the fun ones, but I also said new guys get extra credit and this guy popped in a few contests back and has consistently been throwing out well rendered but fun beasts. So in all fairness I cant make him wait forever… well i could but I’d be pretending that this one didn’t hit the sweet spot with me… cause it sort of hits the beast on tehnose, bright green scrunchi or not that hair looks smelly as hell, and I’m remarkably entertained at how wrong yet well balanced it appears.

The Slide-Rock Bolter Entry # 6

The Slide-Rock Bolte rEntry # 6

Hey sweet a slimy, fleshy cave, I’ll just go on in and take a quick nap, I mean, I cant imagine anything going wrong right? … I kinda love the… what do the aussies call it? a wobbegong? look to this cat!

The Harpy Entry # 7

The Second Place Harpy Entry

Is it just me or is this thing making tiny headed, mussy feathered, sexy bird, come hither eyes at us? Next frame is undoubtedly those cherry stems artfully tied in knots on her tongue… god it’s just me isnt it?… dammit!

Judge’s Commentary – So I’m relatively confident, that the moment I hand judgement back over to the masses, this artist is gonna have a number of wins, so i feel pretty ok handicapping him for talent for a week or so… but it was pretty damn close, had there been even an inkling of poop on that platter, I probably coulda been swayed!

The Nue Entry # 7

The Second Place Nue Entry

Well dammit I wanna poke a lil fun at your obvious talent, but that is some beautiful furry beasting, and all are welcome, so I’m just gonna let you being good at this slide this time :) Plus you bring up a pretty valid point: having a self aware snake as a tail might suck! Imagine waking up from a good winters nap and realizing one of your feet is half digested in the belly of your own tail!

Judge’s Commentary – Now I may not always give the win to the most technically great, but I’ll most def give a bit of recognition where it’s deserved, cause I’m not even sure how that color was done with all the fine fur lines intact… so that better be digital paint, cause if you pulled that off with cante crayons or the like, you’re an ass! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Cyclops Entry # 14

The Cyclops Entry # 14

Man… give any cyclops a chance and he will prove over and over that they just hate beautifully sculpted young tree trunks!… Seriously though the way this pooch is lit, the folds of that underboned face and the fact that the ween is still almost the exact center of the composition all make me very happy!

the Merman Entry # 13

the Merman Entry # 13

So my wife and I have argued for years about the googly eyed goldfish, mostly I’m agin ’em but when they help hold a little wet newsboy cap on ,I gotta say I suddenly understand, beautifully done but humorously, my favorite part is the chest hair!