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Yule Beast by acidshadow
Yule Beast

Ah. My yearly tradition. For all those who know me (or even don't know me) will know or learn that I have a tradition of making creatures based around Christmas:……………………

It's kinda mah thing.

But this year I decided to go with a bit more purpose towards a Christmas creature and used this as a idea booster:…

My dear friend is holding a spooky Christmas contest and frankly, more people should be involved!

Now for my creature-

This is simply referred to as a 'Yule beast'.  For as long as there has been a winter festival that focused on rewarding the good behaviour of children, there is always a punishment for those who don't behave. These days the punishment is warning of simply not receiving presents, but once it was the warning that creatures of the dark winter nights would beat them, provide coal or worse- whisk the naughty child away.

The Yule beast is an accumulation of these stories. A personification of a childhood winter fear.  Many centuries ago, it may have been a dark winter's night which would take away bad children on Christmas night. It then grew into an icy personification of the dark night itself.  A creature used to warn children of the snow and ice.

As presents and coal become a part of the stories, the beast became thorns and ice that stole bad children, leaving only coal for the presents to find. As the stories change so does the Yule beast.

Today it's a brightly coloured personification that still bears a darker touch to connect it to its origins. A creature of bright colours that attract children with its festive look, only for its body to twist, contort  and then  take away the wicked children, leaving g behind only a pile of coal...


Yes I've been watching and reading 'The Hogfather'. Frankly I think it should be REQUIRED reading this time of year. Utter brilliance. 


And yes I made a worm- creature, with holly-bat colony, which eats naughty children and poops coal. That's what I DO.


Any who, Please all have merry Christmas where ever you are, and enjoy the New Year. I'm off to have more mulled wine and mice pies because 'tis the season to be ludicrously PHAT.


This is all done in 'Art Rage' btw, my new utter favourite drawing tool. :) Got for my by :iconscifer: for my birthday early this month.


© Emeline Porter 2014

Image belongs to me, do not alter redistribute or copy without my permission.



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Artist and animator with a fist class honours in BA animation. I have a love for concept art and I really enjoy creature creation and characters. Traditional art is my main skill but I use a verity of materials and capable digital artist too.
Yesterday I saw Prometheus in Brighton with my badger. And holy Hannah, this is now one of my top films. If you love Ridley Scott (mastermind behind 'Alien' and 'Blade runner') or just the alien films in general (especially the first film 'Alien') you'll love this film.

I saw many bad reviews and it's down to a three things:

1) People expected the film 'Aliens' not 'Alien'. There is a difference. 'Alien' is the first one by Ridley Scott. It's slow, suspenseful and both dark and beautiful. The second film-'aliens' was by James Cameron and while a fantastic film, it's the almost opposite of alien. Faster pace, more aliens, lots of action and there is less of a feeling isolation and mystery the first film had. So a lot of people went in expecting an action sci-fi film, and while Prometheus does have a lot of action, it's slower than most action films. But honestly in comparison to the film 'aliens'? The action begins around the same mark in both films so I can't see what people are complaining about. Ridley Scott just combined both films.

2) People didn't like the amount of questions left unanswered. But frankly, this film is exploring an aspect not many people asked in the first film 'who is the space jockey'? Ridly Scott himself said when alien came out in 1979, no one in interview asked about the other alien in the film- the pace pilot with the massive hole in his chest. This guy:…

This film is not just about that guy, but questions of humanity in general. You'll be left with the questions you should have asked the first time you saw 'Alien' – who are they? What are they? What were they doing? The questions make you feel as lost and confused as the crew. In that extent it's a very clever film and people grumpy about the questions are the people who didn't take the opportunity to explore and discuss them, which is what this film is all about.

3) Some people also expected it to be a direct prequel for alien, however Scott said while the movie will take place in the same universe as Alien and greatly reference that movie, it will mostly be an original movie and not a direct prequel. And that's the way you should approach this movie. Related but not a direct prequel. Enjoy the masses of alien references and the once again use to H.R.Giger designs but keep an open mind. I'm a massive alien fan and I still loved this new spin.

I very much enjoyed 'Prometheus', the acting was sound, some people said wooden, but it's because people aren't used to subtle acting any more, and it works well. The visuals were stunning and the mystery and suspense was glorious. The gore and horror is turned down a notch to meet the 15 rating but I'm not surprised since the original alien was seen by many movie goers and its film was need to be seen by a wider audience. BUT it doesn't mean the unknowns and questions won't give you a creep factor.

If you are an alien fan go see this move you'll love every second of it. You'll spot the references and you clever clogs and obsessives like me will spot that Ridley even used some of the original concept art for the first film making it to the big screen. If you are a sci-fi fan, this is for you, it explores all the big questions sci-fi has along with the action sequences that satisfy. And if you like a film that makes you asks questions, you'll also love this film.

There are issues, but they are minor. The technology seems way too advanced when you compare it to the film 'Alien'. I felt the technology should have been more clunky and basic. And sometimes the story and acting felt a bit sporactic. This is a film that could have done with being either longer to break up the scenes focusing on the characters. In 'alien' you felt the isolation of the crew and you picked up on the personalities more. Prometheus could have spent more time leaning about the characters and focusing on their reactions to the rapidly decaying situations.

But even with that, it's still a stunning film, go see it you'll like it.

It is the queen's jubilee after all....god save the queen. >:)
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