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The Bestiary That Could Be for Light Grey Art Lab’s Message in a Bottle show (January 2013)

I have a soft spot for really cheesy text, and an enduring love to cryptozoology, so this happened. The super lovely Becca Knight ended up purchasing it at the show.

It was a very indulgent project - it’s not something that would really fit my portfolio. So that, plus the fact that I didn’t have much time to do it, made me hesitate about posting it. But it was super fun to do, so who cares.

These are the friendly beasts you can learn about:

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native alaskan mythology → [ u r a y u l i ]

Urayuli, or ‘Hairy Men,’ are a race of creatures that live in the woodland areas of Yup’ik land in southwestern Alaska. Stories of the Urayuli describe them as standing 10 feet tall with long shaggy fur and luminescent eyes. They are said to emit a high pitch cry, resembling that of a loon. Their long, lanky arms have been described as reaching down to their ankles. Rumored to live in the forests near the area of Lake Iliamna, the Urayuli are said to be peaceful creatures. It is said the Urayuli are transformed children who become lost in the woods at night.

The Urayuli

John Active, a Yup’ik storyteller from Bethel, has gathered a large number of accounts told by the Yup’ik people of Southwest Alaska concerning their encounters with Urayuli. This being was described as standing ten feet tall, covered with hair, with glowing eyes. Its arms were so long, they reached to the creature’s ankles. It was said to roam the tundra and cry out its loneliness with a voice resembling that of a loon. Although its appearance terrified the persons confronting it, the Urayuli never harmed anyone, according to the accounts gathered by Active. However, legendary accounts lore has it that children who disappear while in the woods are transformed into Urayuli. (source)

“The Bestiary that could be”, for Light Grey Art Lab’s Message in a Bottle.

urayuli replied to your post “urayuli replied to your post: I DID IT i did the thing damn y’all …”

for all u know u did but im JUST SO PROUD THAT YOU DID THE THING, EVEN IF IT WAS A LITTLE THING AND I MISS YOU TOO ALWAYS AND FOREVER

OH GOD KYRA WHAT IF I HAVE AND I JUST FORGOT ABOUT IT/??? i’m so sorry society i’m the reason we don’t have hovercrafts sob

Finally finished my character sheet for my first project on my BA Animation course! Had lots of fun with this and testing out new colour palettes.

The Bio (bottom right) readsEva is a young girl on the lookout for adventure. Thrilled by books, maps and fairy stories she wants to see if the tales are true. Do children who get lost in the forest at night really turn into monsters? Eva loves adventure shown by the patches on her coat and mud that sticks to her boots. She’s always prepared for anything with her backpack filled with maps, her torch and sweets for when she gets hungry. Based on the race of mythical creature called the Urayuli which is said to live in the woodland areas of southwestern Alaska.

Hopefully Tumblr won’t damage the quality too much…