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Nuckelavee by Verdego Nuckelavee by Verdego
There is no thing, living or un-living, or that has lived or will live that hates like the Nuckelavee. Accounts vary of this brutal Scottish fae, but each account makes clear the pure, unrelenting brutality of the thing, and it's only desire to devour and destroy.

If pursued by the skinless horse and rider, there is safety on the other side of running water. Cross a stream and it cannot follow, but it is difficult to outrun, brutal when confronted, and overall perhaps the most cruel and mindlessly vicious of the unseelie court.

If you are interested, a good site with more information on the monster is available here: [link]
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REINALDO-RASEC Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Your designs are very good. I love it!
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Sniperof2fort Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
I know I'm late to the party here but DAYUM this is good
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Verdego Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Sniperof2fort Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
No problem.
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GeneralSnuggles Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy crap this thing is freaky...
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh man are they ever. There's something not RIGHT with that mythology, but dang if it isn't fun to work with.
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EweCraftIt Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
love it..
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Verdego Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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UmbraPrelaitor Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This is amazing!
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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Dark-Benefactor Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I'd like permission to use this picture of your's in a post. I'll give you full credit and post not only to this page but to your DeviantArt profile in general. Would that be okay with you?
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Certianly, help yourself! Thank you for asking and crediting.
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Dark-Benefactor Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
I love to see someone do a piece on the more obscure mythological / folkloric critters. I mean, vampires and dragons are done to death, but not many know about nuckelavee... or kikimora... or penanggalan... or flying heads... or bonnacon... or draugr...
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I really love the more obscure critters and I'm always fascinated by the stranger realms of folklore and myth in the world. I mean indeed the bigger better known creatures are great but the variety of things is wonderful.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
Might we see more obscure mythological critters from you in the future?
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh yes indeed! I can't say for certian what or when, but knowing my interests things are bound to show up sooner or later.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Or cryptids? Personally, I love me some chpacabra- the original Puerto Rican version, not those sad little mangy dog things (which are actually 'Elmendorf beasts' not chupacabras)!
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Ooh possibly. I'm always tempted to do something with the (?) Mothman or other unusual alien/ufo encounters. I miss the chupacabra phase of the 90s/00s when the depictions were a lot freakier than the mistaken mangy dogs.
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Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Elmendorf beasts :) People spot those things all the time down here now. Some weird cross between a coyote and a xoloitzcuintli, theoretically.
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hah! Fair enough.
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emsloe Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. Somehow, your nuckelavee seems darker and almost more real than the other pictures I've seen. Really good job!
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Verdego Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Spin-Out Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Ah, the Nuckelavee. One of my favorite monsters of folklore, and without a doubt the only member of the Fair Folk I possess any degree of fondness for. Insta-faved!
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Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
They are a hell of a thing, that is to be sure. Thank you very much!
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BobMcEggy Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You by far have created THE BEST NUCKELAVEEE PIC EVER!!!
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hah! Thank you very much!
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Ill-Fated-Jedi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Great work, although the head is usually said to be larger. Otherwise a very faithful and chilling rendition of this amazing monster.
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! Man there's a lot of info on them, and while I do realize the head is often described as too large and lolling about the neck without neck strength enough to support it, but for reasons I can't recall, opted to not include it (possibly as it was left out of the variation of the research I was looking at at the time, though I don't recall my source). If I were to go about it again, I think I would get that in there as well, as it does further add to the unsettlingness of it. Thank you again! They're definitely fascinating things and I will have to look into drawing one again.
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Ill-Fated-Jedi Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
That'd be cool. Have you ever done Jenny Greenteeth or Black Annis, 'cause both of them totally deserve as awesome paintings as this.
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ooh, I have not done so yet but I really need to. I'll definitely try to remember to fit in some more wicked seelie things in the drawing time.
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JetAngel Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hot damn. I love this picture so much. I've been researching nuckelavees lately, and this is GORGEOUS.

(Also, um, I'm not sure if you're aware or are worried about this sort of thing, but I found a Blogger entry about nuckelavees using your picture : [link] . Not sure if you gave permission or if that's a concern of yours, but I wanted to let you know.)
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Verdego Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! They're really wonderful mythology.

Thank you for letting me know, I've been having a bit of trouble with this sort of thing recently, I don't mind a lot but I do like a link back to my work, I'll see if I can't rustle that up from them. It's certainly a concern of mine and they did not contact me, thank you for letting me know!
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lanternjoe Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Jesus fuck, that's some Guillermo del Toro shit right there.
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Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Out of the seas around Scotland and into your nightmares :D if Del Toro made a movie involving these critters I'd buy a ticket to see it in a heartbeat!
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QueenOSidhe7 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
Bloody hell, that is a terrifying and skillful rendering of a Nuckelavee. Brilliant!! And horrofyingly awesome... :D
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! They're wicked beasties and definitely fun to draw.
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spiritnyx Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Hobbyist
I am amazed, and long for the skill you have expressed here.
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Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! It seems to mostly be a matter of time and practice, keep at things, and they always move forward.
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Mykthecartoonist Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
friggen epic pic XD nice job
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Verdego Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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persistant Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can only give the full names of two things that i would fear running into on a dark and stormy night more than this guy.
That means i think he's scary.
A lot.
Well, that weren't gramaticly correct.
But you get my point.
yeah...
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Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
Thank you, the Nuckelavee is a true terror, one of the few truly evil things out there, and I sure as hell woulden't want to encounter one either.
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paperxcuore Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009   Digital Artist
Ehehehe i wanna pet it : D
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hah! Not sure that's the best idea... I think he'd be a bit... sticky.
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ESG Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Mmm saucy! *runs away*
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Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
Sau...cy? Oh my...
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dizfox Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
siiiiiiiick
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:iconverdego:
Verdego Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009  Professional General Artist
It wants to eat your babies... or well, you, or well... anyone or anything else really.
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