My entry into ConceptArt.org's Character of the Week.
The Brief reads as follows:
HALLOWEEN TOPIC: THE APPLE GATHERER
Time period: Turn of the century (1900's England, Northern Europe or North East U.S.).
The Apple Gatherer is an outdoor bogeyman. Sublime, subtle, deceitful and malicious. He is known to keep company with goblins, kobolds, redcaps and other foul ferries. He is especially fond of children, small dogs, and farm cats.
Seen most frequently in apple orchards, he haunts only during the twilight hours, when he is most likely to catch a farmer's child lingering unawares.
Focus on the psychology and emotional impact of the character. He needs to be believable and frightening* - NOT just some monster slammed together.
DESIGN NOTE: This brief is specific. You WILL NOT make it to poll if you do not follow the brief. Be creative within the parameters you have been given!
*I want some serious freak-factor going - not horror or blood and gore.
I didn't give myself much time to work on this piece. Too many social things to attend to! Birthdays, Halo, Super Puzzle Fighter. Oh my! :P