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Wendigo by TheRutheLa Wendigo by TheRutheLa
The Wendigo is a creature of North American (Algonquian speaking cultures) origin, part man, part beast and part tree, he is said to be born of one who has consumed human flesh. The hunger grows and grows until the man's soul is as warped as his body.

The Wendigo - by all accounts a spelling free-for-all - is a cannibalistic spirit associated with Winter, famine, cold and the North. Either a man becomes a Wendigo by resorting to cannibalism, or the spirit possesses him through a dream.

"The Weendigo was gaunt to the point of emaciation, its desiccated skin pulled tautly over its bones. With its bones pushing out against its skin, its complexion the ash gray of death, and its eyes pushed back deep into their sockets, the Weendigo looked like a gaunt skeleton recently disinterred from the grave. What lips it had were tattered and bloody. Unclean and suffering from suppurations of the flesh, the Weendigo gave off a strange and eerie odor of decay and decomposition, of death and corruption."

Thank you, wikipedia for that fascinating and absolutely terrifying description. Which I only looked up after I drew this, so I'm glad I got it right.

There is also such an animal as Wendigo Psychosis, which is "a condition in which sufferers developed an insatiable desire to eat human flesh even when other food sources were readily available, often as a result of prior famine cannibalism."

On a lighter note; "Give him another ear, Ruth. Life is hard enough with a face like that" - Daddy~

This was done this afternoon in clutch pencil and edited in Gimp.

In other news, I practically pissed myself reading up on this. Guess who's not sleeping tonight?
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REXVANRYN Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  New Deviant
Outstandingly creepy.
tyrannicaltabbycat Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  New Deviant Hobbyist General Artist
Nice... kinda looks like me when I wake up....
Zaloffshat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016
Spooky! Yet, amazing pencilwork too! I love it!
tanya250 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, it's so creepy and awesome! Like it!:o (Eek) Heart 
JoshuaKrause Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
drawing one is ballsy since they can possess you in dreams. lucky for you you didn't do a realistic one one that existed. your close tho. but, far enough to be safe
CyrusGrissom Featured By Owner May 19, 2016
Those are neat spirit demons i gotta say.

Looks like the Faun from Pan's Labyrinth.
TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Nice. The way you did the eyesame is a nice touch. I've always found big wide eyes on monster faces creepy as hell
StarSlug Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, this is just awesome. Possibly the creepiest Wendigo on DevArt.
ThrashHead97 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Is it weird that I find him kinda cute o.O
AnimeDovahkin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing!  I love this!
TheKid2238 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I vow to get this as a tattoo.
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
If you do, I'd like to see it.
TheKid2238 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Kazator88 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014


I am a craft beer brewer from Slovakia and would like to ask if I can use your picture on one of my labels? It is west cast ipa called Wendigo. Please let me know what you think about it.Thx


TheAsorlinsStrike Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Oooooohhhhhh scary I love it.
InstilledPhear Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be one of my favorite wendigo designs of all the ones I've seen thus far. I'm researching for a costume that I plan to make at some point in the future, and I want to create something that is easily recognizable as a used-to-be-human while still having the elements of a fully-transformed wendigo. You seem to have captured this concept nicely! The antlers and eyes are probably my favorite parts. Well done!
IllynReaver Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Love love love this drawing! :tighthug: 
Obisidian-Mirage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Was looking at various Wendigo pictures and this has to be one of the scariest.... those eyes, the smile/grin *shiver*
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm really glad you think so.
jcampopiano Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013

My name is John Campopiano and I'm getting in touch with you about the drawing of a Wendigo that you have on your website. For the last two years my film partner and I have been making a documentary about the origins of Stephen King's Pet Sematary and, in the book, the wendigo is referred to quite a bit. We'd like to use several wendigo photographs in the documentary and we're wondering about getting permission from you to use this wonderful drawing.

Thank you so much for your help in this matter. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please email:

Thank you!
Fanta-Faye Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
It's.. more than awsome.. it's.. there ain't any word to describe!
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh gosh~ v///v Thank you so, so much~!
ZeroExile Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Woah that is creepy :O But a good drawing nonetheless :)
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Tell me about it! I scared myself silly with this. Thank you very much.
Aura-Alora Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful work :wow:
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much :blush:
tpexr Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Student General Artist
Best illustration I have seen of a Wendigo yet.
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I'm so glad that you think so. :)
ElNordico Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012   Traditional Artist
Nice drawing! Never knew the origins of the wendigo... (the comment of oyur dad reminds me the ones my father do of my works XD )
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and I'm glad I could help with that. (Dads XD)
flashrank Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
Awesome impression. I like how you incorporated everything together.
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I'm glad you like it. :)
Kirikhan Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012
I'm not sleeping tonight! o_o; Awesome drawing! ^^
TheRutheLa Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Me either ^_^; Thank you very much!
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