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Into silence

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"Knowing they would need more than a single conduit to convince the entirety of Gryphon kind. Leaders sending out their subjects to convince the legends of their lands, carrying marks of the Equine existence.

Stepping over ancient parts of nature, a deafening silence after each step, entering the lair of a great gryphon conduit. Bearing the head of an owl, which eyes glared into endless distance. Utter silence, yet its stare making it seem otherwise.
This legend is one of those who is needed, though, for the greatest silence can still be that which holds the loudest words."

Another instalment for my "First Contact War" MLP Universe!
Expanding on the Gryphon Conduits/Legends again, as the leaders seek for a greater word than any of their own, to guide Gryphon kind into times of survival.

Previous one being a Condor, this one however is a reference to the Eurasian Eagle Owls. Resembling another ancient living legend, one of silence.
Didn't work out or cleaned up as much detail as I did with "Gryphus Conduit" but then again, this didn't take nearly as long to make hehe.
I guess seeing how they can now compare to each other.

Stepped off from my usual 16:9 ratio, with the plan of cropping it differently when needed. Though I didn't end up doing a lot of that. (still a 16:9 version down below)
I felt like I worked inside the canvas size a lot rather than adjusting the size to the piece. (not necessarily a bad thing, but I want to keep that option open)

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy.
I think I should do something for the Equine side next :)


Approx Time: 11 hours
Wallpaper 1920x1080: sta.sh/01egxqjaffkg
WIP:

Into silence [WIP] by AssasinMonkey


A Gryphus Conduit by AssasinMonkey
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KlowdTheUmbreon's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

First of all, I wanna say this is my first critique.
Alright. This is an amazing picture! All the detail, and lighting/shading, it's awesome! Beautifully done! I just love how you did the griffin!
I've gotta say, this is definitely original, and I've never seen anything like it anywhere. So that's obviously awesome too.
The technique is wonderful! Everything about the picture is! The different textures and stuff like that is awesome! All of the colors blend together nicely!
And for the final impact... It's amazing! I can't use words to describe the awesomeness of this picture! I seriously can't stop staring at it! XD
I know that it seems too nice to give someone 5 stars, but I truly believe that this deserves it! Keep in mind that this is my first critique.
Aickavon's avatar
First reaction:  Oh cool, owl gryphon
Second reaction: Oh... lame... it's ponies.
Black-Knight-4090's avatar
I'm getting a legend of the guardians vibe with this owl gryphon
JNinelives's avatar
Love it! Nice colours, lighting.

It looks like a cross between on owlbear: 25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m72…
and a Slann mage priest www.games-workshop.com/Lizardm…
shmostedshmaylo's avatar
Hello! I wanted to say that your work is incredible, and I love seeing your great ideas! I have a question: have you ever thought about doing a huge fanfiction concerning your "First Contact War"? I think it is a marvelous idea!
AssasinMonkey's avatar
Hey, sorry for the late reply!

I've mainly been building this universe through art, since that's my strongpoint. I'm not exactly a writer, so making a fanfic, let alone a good one, would be quite hard for me to do.
So instead I'm trying to create the world behind it. Hoping to create something interesting or even inspiring to build upon :)
shmostedshmaylo's avatar
It's no problem!

I understand. I mainly thought this would be a great fanfiction because of the writing you have in the description. I think it's very well written, and I wouldn't see a problem with you writing a full-length story on it! :)
That is one big owl Gryphon/Griffon. Very nice lighting/shading and all the details. While I'm not quite sure if the water is right (it looks more like lines in places instead of light glare on a moving river with rocks in it to me). All in all, an amazing piece.
PonyUniverse's avatar
Owl gryphon? Now THIS, I like. I like very much!
randomemaster360's avatar
Wow, an owl Griffin, now that's awesome ! And also a neat story to add to.
Here-for-the-ponies's avatar
Interesting idea giving a gryphon an eagle head. That sure does make for an intense stare.
randomemaster360's avatar
Here-for-the-ponies's avatar
 That's what I meant. I was exhausted when I typed that :S
Scaley-Randy's avatar

I'm suddenly reminded of Lachuza for some reason.

Rozzi-dk's avatar
It's really cool. Lots and lots of great details! ^_^
Mokey1980s's avatar
Am I the only one who immediately thought of..."Hoot"..just as I seen the picture before I read anything? =p

Owl-fon looks cute though, specially the head.
Krazylec's avatar
As breath-taking as ever!
LennyTribe's avatar
Whoooah this I like veeeery much.
Dr-Neumes's avatar
Owls are adorable.
getchanoodlewet's avatar
Absolutely gorgeous, friend. It's incredible!
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