I'm proud to finally share the poster for the first season of Yehey titled, The Lost Land of Yehey: Curse of the Hunger Grass. I'll also be posting stills and other previews from the first episode soon, so keep an eye out for them.
This is a concept illustration of a hybrid creature from one of my personal stories. He’s one of the faulty hybrids, but he’s still useful for his brute strength. Hopefully I’ll finish writing the story in its entirety, and will be able to put out a few animated shorts from this world.
Ever since I could remember, I’ve always loved being scared and I especially love monsters! When I was a kid I would pretend that monsters lived under every piece of furniture and in every dark corner of the house. I would pretend that huge beasts roamed the forest near my grandparents house, and that I was the guardian that kept them there. However at the same time I was afraid of the dark! I would constantly ask my older brother to walk me to the bathroom at night, or go into dark rooms ahead of me to turn the lights on. At bedtime I hated turning the lights off and trying to get under the covers before darkness enveloped the room. Hah! Some guardian I was. But I loved it, and whenever I wanted a thrill I would just let my imagination run wild! I quickly learned that there is some kind of attraction to fear that, I think, we’re all born with. Monsters have always symbolized something big and scary that you have to conquer, and I think that’s rather appropriate. You see, in life, it’s only through conquering our fears and struggles that we can truly change and grow. So since October seems to be the month when monsters are everywhere, here’s an illustration dedicated to the monsters in my life…BEWARE, FOR SOON I WILL CONQUER YOU!
So I was originally going to post an illustration of some sort from the novella “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” but it just wasn’t happening. So I guess that illustration will have to wait. In any event, here’s good old Ithaqua the Wind-Walker from August Derleth’s short story ”Ithaqua”. If you see this guy lurking in the background you might as well make peace with God and call it quits.
So why is this place called “Hairy at the Heels?” You’re right to say that the phrase is characteristically British. It originated in the late 19th century as a reference to horse racing. It was said that a horse having too much “hair around the heels” was of poor breeding, and people would often bet against these horses. So you can imagine it didn’t take much to shift this saying, figuratively, to humans. In all honesty I’ve always felt a bit “hairy at the heels,” a little ill-bred, like the world is betting against me. I think we all have at some point or another.
So I’ve decided to take this saying and turn it on it’s head! “Hairy” has a variety of meanings: wild, unusual, dangerous, unpredictable and weird. Safe to say, at certain times, I can be described as having one or two of those characteristics. However, like a samurai, I’m taking all these traits and channeling them to accomplish things of great beauty. The way I see it, life is very unpredictable and fraught with potential for disaster and triumph; and sometimes, to survive, I think we all need to be a little “hairy at the heels.”
We'll guys it's finally here! I've finished what I set out to do with my free time, and it was a good journey. I really enjoyed this project and learned a lot. For now I leave you with the animation and the solemn promise that the next one will be even better. Thanks for all the support!