Krampus has recently become more known thanks to movies and TV. From Christmas episodes of Grimm and American Dad to the Horror Comedy movie of Krampus, he is starting to gain more and more fame. With fame comes internet recognition and fanart. Now there is art that is well done, art that is mediocre, and art that was done that makes it look like it was done in Microsoft Paint from the 1990's.
This drawing falls well into the first category. The colors and shading are astounding. I love all the minor details that are in the picture itself. The cracked walls of the buildings, the well defined muscles on the creatures, the ridges on the horns are all intricate. The contrast of the background with the rest of the picture really draws your eye and help tell the story. The way Krampus and his cohorts look just scream demonic and the Christmas tree helps to identify what this is supposed to be. The bells are a nice touch, breaking up the singular color in each creature and the dark colors really help the eyes and mouths pop.
Not everything in this picture is perfect though and like every viewer, there are things I would've liked to seen differently. The Krampus story, as I know it, does not involve any creatures that are like Krampus, however I believe that this was a good choice on the artist's part. Having three demons creates greater emphasis on what is going on and really helps to convey the story and takes up space well. I am also not fully versed in Krampus folklore, so I may be missing something. If so I apologize. The slingshot, though a nice subtle touch, was something that I didn't notice until later, it did not stand out as much as I would have liked. It made it appear as if the three were only going after a child who was innocent. The placement of the tusks in the leader seem awkward and tusks in the one with the beak seems unnecessary. These are minor though and, as stated before, they are more about personal preference, as is the case with all art.
Overall, I greatly enjoy both this picture and the artist's style. I hope that they continue to amaze us with the art that they create. This truly does get across the darker side of Christmas.