Saturday, February 1, 2014

Squonk


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. 

4 comments:

  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 !!

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  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.

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    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 http://davekapah.blogspot.com/2014/03/diabloassassins-creed-smurfs-and.html The squonk is at the bottom of it.
      I hope you'll like it !

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  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.

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