This is my entry for Seventh Sanctum's 'Evil and Company' art contest. Details of the contest can be found here [link]
Evil for me is seductive, sensual, and sinister. Of the names I browsed from the evil name generator, Wet Death sounded promising.
I wanted an animal for his minion and from the monster name generator, the name Shiver Crow sounded good to me. Crows have a sinister appearance in my opinion.
Some background on the pair...
The legend of Wet Death and Shiver Crow comes out of Central Europe. Following rain and as night falls, this pair haunts the forest preying on lone warriors, or in modern times, lone hunters. Normally a day bird, the eerie night-caw of the crow sends shivers down mens' spines and it heralds the arrival of Death on the trail. The only option available for the intended victim is to escape the forest as quickly as possible before Death catches up to them. Documented survival accounts show that the crow's appearance does not change over the centuries, however Death's appearance changes to reflect the fashion of the times.
This is my second attempt at painting realism.
The forest background is a stock photograph by psi-philospher [link]
For my painting of Wet Death, I used a photo by arachnid15c as my reference [link]
For my painting of the crow, I was guided by a photo I found on the internet.