Artists Cody Snyder has created these hand painted festive ornaments. Who says Christmas has to be glittery and sweet? We love the expressions on the faces of these guys, and the insane amount of detail on such small objects.
Cody creates whatever kind of art he feels like, but admits dark, horror subjects tend to have more texture and are more interesting to work with. He has recently been intrigued by the Krampus mythology, a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture particularly naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair. Cody explained that he was drawn to the idea of Krampus on account of the fact that he is “basically Santa’s counterpart. Let’s just say you’d much rather get a lump of coal from Santa than whatever Krampus is ready to dish out!”
We asked Cody if he had any creepy Christmas stories to share. He explained “I do remember watching a Christmas related episode from the show “Tales From the Darkside “. It was about these kids who were bored so their parents decided to shut them up with a scary story about a fearsome beast known as the Grither. It creeped me out because I had to big windows like the ones in this episode…. Watch it and you’ll know what I’m talking about!”
Cody’s influences when creating art are pretty diverse. His main passions are sculpting and movie magic, so people like Stan Winston, Rob Bottin, Steve Johnson, Tom Savini, and everyone at KNB fx has shaped his work.
And in Popcorn Horror tradition, we asked Cody about his zombie survival strategy.
Don’t die! To be honest, I’d probably be one of the first to go, haha. Though I’d like to think if it really did happen I’d tap into this unknown inner Rambo I had and just tear through the apocalypse with a fury! – Cody Snyder
To purchase Cody’s creations, visit his store.