I was on Twitter and Facebook last night, relaying an Easter story. It goes a little something like this:
When I was a kid, my dad told me the Easter Bunny was a tall and skinny creature, with a purple diamond in the middle of his forehead. On Easter eve, he would come into your house and shoot a purple beam of light out of the diamond—filling the Easter baskets one by one with candy and treats. ZAP! ZAP! ZAP! My dad said one of my uncles witnessed it happening (who told him, and now he told me).
It basically scared the hell out of me. Don't get me wrong, I loved what the Easter Bunny brought—but the idea of a humanoid rabbit with a diamond on his head definitely got me thinking. I was scared enough by the idea of a magical bearded man in a red suit coming into my house; the Easter Bunny was a creature. I didn't risk getting up early—normally staying in bed until morning.
After typing away last night, I figured I should take a stab at drawing one of these rabbit creatures. This is one version I came up with. It would be fun to do a proper illustration some day....purple it up with the beam of light.
Thanks, Dad! and Happy Easter.