The Slaying of the Dun Cow 9x12, pencil and digital
Warwick was a celebrated hero who, along with king Arthur, numbered
among the Nine Worthies and was said to have lived in the reign of the
Saxon king, Athelstan. Already by the 1600s, the line between the
historical Guy and the legendary traditions that had sprung up around
him were thoroughly confused. A saying, “ He is the black Bear of
Arden,” referred to him, and connotes someone who was an object of
terror. The allusion was partly to the
Warwick crest - a bear and a ragged staff - and partly to his character,
said to be “Grim of Person and Surly of resolution.” He was a poor boy,
the son of a steward who made good, and embarked on chivalric
adventures to win the hand of a woman far above his station. In his
travels, he battled many monsters, the most celebrated of which was the
The fable holds
that the Dun Cow of Dunsmore belonged to a giant or a fairy, and freely
produced milk that would supply exactly the pail that was brought to it.
One day, an old woman or a witch sought to fill a sieve with milk, and
thus was able to milk the magical cow dry. Now cursed, it rampaged
across the countryside until Guy dispatched it. Isaac Taylor, in his
Words and Places (1864), claims that the Dun Cow is a corruption of
“Dena Gau” meaning “Danish Settlement” which was erected outside
Warwick. If this explanation is correct, the defeat of the cursed beast
was an allegorical victory over the Danish and their removal from the
Various bones, including elephant tusks and whale ribs, have been attributed to multiple dun cows.
Name: Ushi-Oni (Ox Oni), Gyuki Area of Origin: Japan
The Ushi-Oni is a demonic creature found in Japanese folklore. There are various kinds that share the same name, but with Ushi meaning Ox or Cow, all the monsters appear to have a horned bovine-like head. One of the most well known Ushi-Oni is a massive sea monster that resides off the coast of Shimane Prefecture and other areas in Western Japan. It attacks fishermen, and is depicted with a spider or crab-like body. They seem to be connected to another creature, a yokai called the Nure-onna, who sometimes appear before an Ushi-Oni attack. The Nure-onna trick victims into holding their “child” which is actually rather something else entirely. The “child” grows heavier and heavier, and while stuck to the victim’s hands, heavily hinders any chance of escape. It is unknown whether the two creatures work in tandem on purpose or not.
SoOO It’s been a while and my art style got a total revamp. SO WHY NOT DO ANOTHER WEIGHT GAIN DRIVE? I know the last one got a little lost but this one will go better. Meet Shio a hot headed cow boy who needs to get plumped up!
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