Sunday, November 7, 2010

Rolling calf


Rolling Calf

Be careful how you stroll around the Jamaican countryside at night, because you really don't want to meet a rolling calf. A huge, calf-like creature which rolls along the road, blocking the way of night-time travellers, and chasing them with a wicked intention. It has blazing red eyes that gash fire, and a chain that it drags behing it, making an unnerving clanking noise.

To escape a rolling calf, the victim can do a number of things - drop objects for it to count (most supernatural creatures in Jamaican folklore can be escaped in this way), get to a cross roads (road junction) before it, open a pen knife and stick it in the ground. A rolling calf is also terrified of being beaten with a tarred whip held in the left hand.

Rolling calves are always male. They are believed to be the spirits of people (particularly butchers) who were wicked and dishonest during their lifetimes.

This sketch is not showing value yet, I only darkened the ground to show it is a stone path (For celerity)

1 comment:

  1. i like the calf on its side. a bit like the game steamroller when you roll over someone.
    the scale of the person to the calf is odd. the person should be much bigger if we are in a real world scenario. or the calf needs to be bigger to imply a unrealistic nature to the whole thing. right now it just seems to be in the grey area.
    make the pathway a little more windy. it is too perfectly straight.
    and lastly, make it threatening. you may try dropping the frame (camera angle) down to the ground to show more drama as the calf will roll over us too.