Guide to Designing an Art Doll | Krampus 👹

If you've ever struggled to bring a concept to life, perhaps my Guide to Design an Art Doll video might be of use? In it, I outline my thoughts for how I go from imaginary to a reality in designing a Krampus art doll. I use historical references as well as contemporary influences to create an original interpretation of everyone's favorite Yuletide demon.


Watch the Guide to Designing an Art Doll | Krampus Art Doll Here 

The character of Krampus has captured my imagination since childhood and its been long over-due that I made an art doll representation of him. If you're unfamiliar with the lore, Krampus is a holiday spirit who's delegated to punishing naughty children. He'll leave a bad child a lump of coal, beat them with a switch called a "ruten", or even put them in his sack and drag them off to Hell. He's often depicted as a horned, devilish figure bedecked in chains and bells, carrying a sack or a basket strapped to his back, and carrying his customary ruten. Many interpretations have shown Krampus to be a fearsome devilish creature, but he's also been depicted in humorous or even cute ways. Scholars tend to think that Krampus' origins stem from a horned pagan male nature deity that Christianity then relegated to a punitive role alongside St. Nicholas, the basis for the popularized version of Santa Claus. You can read more on this fascinating character HERE.


Krampus bringing some unhappy children along with him.

Krampus bringing some unhappy children along with him.



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