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-Hellhound- by arvalis -Hellhound- by arvalis
I'm finally allowed to release this illustration I did for the new Ancient Greece themed card game, Monstrous.  It was a really fun design challenge to merge horned vipers with pitbulls to create this guy.  I hope you guys check the game out over here.


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:iconwerecatqueenstamps:
Werecatqueenstamps Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Ah hell yeah! I love hellhounds!
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:iconmagicwizard24:
magicwizard24 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
I like to call that dog Twinbellows.
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:iconbepis-lo-fi:
Bepis-Lo-fi Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not gonna lie, this is definitely me when I'm walkin' fast, faces pass, and I'm home bound  😂😂😂
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artdog22 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2017
Cool work.
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:iconkennywondershit911:
KennyWondershit911 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2017
DA BOSAT OF HARARR
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:iconfbi12345:
fbi12345 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
In Greek Mythology, Orthus was a two-headed hellhound who is the brother of Cereberus, the more famous three-headed guarddog of Hades. 
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Mecha-GREGOLE Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015
I love all the subtle ways the reptilian anatomy influences the canine. The final product looks like nothing from this world! The multicolored fire makes the whole thing look truly like it came from some other dimension.
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:icongrisador:
grisador Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015
Ancient Greeks surely are the masters of myhtology
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:iconcredoakinuchi1:
CredoAkinuchi1 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2015
Orthrus!!!
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:icondracophobos:
DracoPhobos Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Student Filmographer
aww it's so cool!
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:iconfan01:
Fan01 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
GARM!
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:iconhisansa:
Hisansa Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015
The Hellhound isn't just a Greek mythical monster. All sorts of cultures across northern Europe have them in their folklore and mythology, such as the Welsh Gwylgi and the English Church Grim. Descriptions vary, though most at least assume them to be black, and pretty much all of them have some vague association with death.

Naturally, the most famous Hellhound, Cerberus, has given many people the assumption that all Greek Hellhounds have three heads, and that they're actually called Cerberus in Greek mythology. So many forget that Cerberus was unique amongst Hellhounds, and that that was his name, not his species. 

They're described as having snakes for a mane, a serpent tail, and lion's claws. Of course, any artist can alter that appearance as they wish. Which is likely what has led to the common idea that Greek Hellhounds are all black furred dogs vaguely resembling rottweilers.

Did I miss anything important about them? Or get anything wrong?
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fbi12345 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
Cereberus actually had a lesser-known brother known as Orthus. A two-headed hellhound. Given that his brother has snake-main and serpent tale, it is fitting for Orthus to have a reptilian appearance. 
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Hisansa Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2016
That's right. I forgot all about Orthus. Not usually important, but considering the image in question, he's arguably the more important one to mention, even above Cerberus.
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Ghost-MissingNo Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Student Artist
Hmm, always thought Hellhounds came from mediaeval mythology. Greek myths had Cerberus and Orthrus.
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:iconask-the-fnafcrew:
Ask-The-FNAFCrew Featured By Owner May 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
you are to amazing this is so freaking awasome
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:iconhobbitshire:
hobbitshire Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Marvellous image, great concept. Clear and sharp, with great use of color. That's a monster to fear.
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:iconwhitwing00deathclaw:
whitwing00deathclaw Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2015
Love hellHounds...
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:iconjose-ramiro:
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. Coolness.
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:iconwolfmemories210:
WolfMemories210 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Beautiful.. goodness gracious! :heart:
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:iconalue666:
Alue666 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Thats beautiful *^* i love hellhound/cerbrus stuff
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Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
well actually the hell doesn't have a magic aura has pitch black fur covering it's body not scales only had one head had blood red eyes and smelt of brimstone but still pretty cool lookin'.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh boy, wrong again!
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:icondavidolvera:
Davidolvera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015
oh and no snake tail either just a normal dog tail unless im wrong on all of this.
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:iconphyrofrost:
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
HOW This is.... I don't know how to explain it! It is amazing!
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:iconshadowsofhome:
ShadowsofHome Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a Hellhound. <3
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This strikes me as more of a hellhound personally ;p  -Hellhound- by arvalis  
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ShadowsofHome Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yush. I love it very much.
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:iconmerc-king:
Merc-King Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Wait, this is not Cerberus, Cerby got three heads. I think this one is called Orthrus.
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Its just a generic hellhound :P
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Wow, looks just like my pet hellhound....... that ate my little sister!
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:iconphyrofrost:
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
:) (Smile) 
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:iconphyrofrost:
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015
:) (Smile) 
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Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:):)
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
:D (Big Grin) 
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:iconphyrofrost:
Phyrofrost Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:D::D:D:D
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:iconn0b1erebe1:
N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Student General Artist
His name is FLUFFY! :D (Big Grin) 
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:iconaxefish:
AxeFish Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colors in this,  great job!
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:iconcyberpixlgraphics:
CyberpixlGraphics Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
dragon + cerberus = dragerus ;D
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:iconvhialemon:
VhiaLemon Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh man. I always though hell hounds were these big energetic balls of fur that loved fetching balls. XD
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Batmaniswatching Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student
same XD
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:iconvhialemon:
VhiaLemon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2014  Student General Artist
XD Great minds think alike. 
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TentacleMonsterChu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh, bad ass mang.
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:iconryuk135:
Ryuk135 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Student Artist
I thought hell-hounds were suppose to be fluffier...
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:iconarvalis:
arvalis Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I imagine it would be hard to keep all that fluff when hell is full of fire.
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:iconryuk135:
Ryuk135 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Artist
True, but what about wool?
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:iconbeasttusk:
Beasttusk Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
O.O mommy....
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:iconmoochki:
Moochki Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy shit, such a great painting.
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