Fantasy Art

Friday, July 22, 2016

How to Draw a Mythical Beast

Do you know how to draw a mythical beast accurately?   Ask them to pose for you.  Really that was kind of an obvious one wasn't it?

I always thought the word "gynosphinx" just sounded dirty somehow besides some of them are obviously male and "androsphinx" just sounds goofy.   I also find the word "sphinx" a little hard to say by itself so I prefer to call them cattaurs.   
 I asked her what they call themselves.  She gave me a contemptuous look and said "Jas" which means "us".  I guess I had that coming.   That word would work except that the centaurs, satyrs, minotaurs, some elves, goblins and even humans use the same word for themselves. ... Cattaurs it is.

Now I know what some of you are thinking: "Gilead who do you think you're fooling?  You're clearly delusional if you believe that you actually traveled to some fantasy realm where some mythical beast posed for you to draw her like this!"
OK OK you got me.
It would be impossible to pose like this for very long.  There was actually a tree stump there for her front paws to rest on and she didn't actually have a sword at all she was holding an overhanging branch which allowed her to keep herself in the right position fairly restfully.  But you know it's fantasy art, one has to improvise a little.

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