Saturday, February 1, 2014


My first exposure to the word squonk and the creature associated with it came when I borrowed the Genesis album, A Trick of the Tail way back in high school! There's a song on that album named "Squonk" (it's a good tune, look it up) and it's based on the mythical creature of the same name.

The mythical squonk is said to dwell in Pennsylvania, of all places. It's a creature with ill-fitting skin, warts and blemishes. Ashamed of it's appearance, it spends much of it's time hiding and weeping and when threatened, it can dissolve into a pool of tears to evade capture!

This version of the creature was painted for Paizo Publishing's game Pathfinder (it appears in the Bestiary 4) and was described as a fat, hairless pig-like thing. I've included a preliminary sketch as well.

Now you know about squonks! I love the concept of this mythical creature so much that I'll have to re-visit the idea one day and design another take on it, just for kicks.

Squonk art  copyright © Paizo Publishing. 


  1. that's so sad.
    I've never heard of this guy. Thank you Jim for sharing this, I love weird monsters, creatures, demons, etc.. maybe i should paint one myself i always wanted to draw a some-what cute Kappa, but it will take me some time since my hands are full at the moment.

    Awesome art as always !!

  2. Thanks, Dave! I'd love to see you paint a squonk! It's one of those mythical creatures that's very open to interpretation so it would be cool to see what you did with it.

    1. Hi, Jim I painted a squonk. I don't usually do this kind of stuff so, it was a fun new experience for me :) .
      Here's a link to the post The squonk is at the bottom of it.
      I hope you'll like it !

  3. Great post! I was re-introduced to the squonk when i first listened to trick of the tail in my college years. My first exposure was a book about Paul Bunyan written by Wallace Wadsworth and illustrated by Enrico Arno. There's a fantastic illustration of a fisherman catching a squonk —it's sort of warty-looking, very unlike the mousey creature from the Genesis sleeve.
    I'd like to take a turn at this creature as well. There is a lot of great American folklore that's under-represented by fantasy art.

  4. Thanks for this post Queader! Now I've got to get on and implement more thank you.


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