Common Ground Goblin
Common Ground Goblin (Diabolus vulgaris)
Colored pencil and acryla gouache on Bristol board
Collection of the artist
They call them bufo toads. I doubt that’s their actual name, but that’s what everyone, all the locals call them. And these toads are huge. They’re actually really poisonous too. Dogs can’t eat them. It’ll actually kill a dog if you eat them. And all this stuff was in the back of my mind when I was designing the goblins for Spiderwick. All this kind of fascinating information about a real, live animal, which really that philosophy starts to affect every single creature that I designed for the Spiderwick Chronicles. But it started with this goblin, and the idea of this large, toad-ee creature with kind of bird claws I thought was spooky and creepy. But the fact that it knew not only what a scarf was, but how to put a scarf on and tie it around your neck I felt also showed intelligence and a sense of fashion.