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The Manticore

Finally I pulled myself into doing something more for my Bestiary Gallery, so enjoy it.

Extract of the legend found in Wikipedia

The Manticore is a Persian monster whose name means "Man-eater", it has the body of a red lion, a human head with three rows of sharp teeth and a trumpet-like voice. Other aspects of the creature vary from story to story. It may be horned, winged, or both. The tail is that of either a dragon or a scorpion, and it shoots poisonous spines to paralyse and kill its victims. It devours its prey whole and leaves no clothes, bones, or possessions of the prey behind.

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So here you have a Manticore

Since it is a persian monster, not greek as many think, I wanted to give him a very oriental design, mostly arabic, so I looked for jewelery and tapestry designs, mostly persian, and ended up giving my monster some clothing and complicated patterns all over.

For the face, I went into giving him two mouths, one that works for speaking and one using for eating, like two sides of the same monster, one wise and eloquent and one wild and brute.

Well, Hope you like it, and wait for more of this, I'll try to make more
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:iconvader2222:
Vader2222 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018
I’m getting a persona vibe from thi
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:iconsteechy:
Steechy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great job man 
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:iconshikomekidomi:
shikomekidomi Featured By Owner May 27, 2017  Hobbyist
Not only beautiful but one of the most original Manticores I've seen, yet it still feels like it could be the creature described in myth.
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:iconcharddskinnylee:
charddskinnylee Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017   Traditional Artist
Mad skills 🔥🔥🔥
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:iconreavaulvaireblumes:
ReavaulvaireBlumes Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This design is just absolutely fantastic! 
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:icontayranno:
Tayranno Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, this is awesome!
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:iconthedilophoraptor:
TheDilophoraptor Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I love what you did with the face.
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:iconcooltapestries:
cooltapestries Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2016
Totally wacky! I love it, very technical drawing.
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:iconbystanding:
ByStanding Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2016
Beautiful!
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:iconuntraceablemystic:
Untraceablemystic Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my gosh, your little beasty is georgious! the detailing and beauty balances well with the horror.  I love how elaborate it is too!
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:iconacenbeaky:
ACEnBEAKY Featured By Owner May 31, 2016
The face reminds me of Kor from Jak 2.
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:iconthelasthetaira:
TheLastHetaira Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2016  Professional Writer
Ho-ly CARP this is pretty. I love how it doesn't look much like a "typical" manticore - pretty much just a chimera with some tweaks. No, no, this is a whole other beast, and I absolutely love it! 
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:icond-juan:
D-Juan Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2016  Student General Artist
That is one classy monster and the best manticore Ive seen around
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:iconsowerofash:
sowerofash Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
oooooo
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:iconmantadrifter:
MantaDrifter Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
Ace
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:icontakato888:
takato888 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
that is one amazing manticore, excellent job
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:iconpicktreebrag:
PicktreeBrag Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS SO COOL! I love this interpretation so much I can't even begin to explain.
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:iconreinaldo-rasec:
REINALDO-RASEC Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
Very creative and awesome design! I love it!
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:iconwyvernfeathers:
Wyvernfeathers Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely beautiful - and creepy at the same time!  Good job!
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:iconrabidnergling44:
RabidNergling44 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Absolutely beautiful and terrifying. o.0
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:iconleonidasdraconic:
LeonidasDraconic Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy crap that is awesome :D
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:iconname-already-chosen:
name-already-chosen Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
This is magnificent!
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:iconder-freischutz:
der-freischutz Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
awesome comcept! 
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:icondecayed-mind:
Decayed-Mind Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I love how you kept the lion's snout, and then placed and entire human face above it. Beautiful design. Simply awesome. :meow:
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:iconsquiddrz:
SquiddRz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student General Artist
I always imagined manticores to be ugly. This just changed my expectations
Brilliant
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:iconmasterofthestorm:
MasteroftheStorm Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist
creative and beautiful design
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:iconhorrormgafan19:
HorrorMGAfan19 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is beautiful, I luv the colour and the design
How do you do it? ;) (Wink) 
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:iconmorchellaelata:
MorchellaElata Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
This is a gorgeous interpretation of a manticore.  I really like the different jewelry and tapestries.
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:iconcircuitdruid:
CircuitDruid Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
utterly fabulous darling, what a smashing beast design
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:iconwriter72:
Writer72 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the most awesome design I've seen for a creature ever. 030
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:iconmr-asquith:
Mr-Asquith Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
I've looked at this a couple times, but it still wows me every time I see it; the detail and colors are gorgeous, and the appeal of the concept defies description - I've recently taken an interest in different interpretations of the Manticore, but I've yet to find another piece that impresses me as thoroughly as this one - a true work of art, both in concept and execution.

That being said, sorry for commenting on a year-old picture. ^^;
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DarkwingxY Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
This is awesome. If you made it look a bit more digitized, I think I might just buy a print and frame it ^_^. OR if you are selling the original, we can talk ;)
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:iconkitsune913:
Kitsune913 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You should really submit this to the Final Fantasy ppl. this could be one kick ass Boss!!
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:iconfutagear:
Futagear Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2013
AWESOOOME!!!
I like this version of manticore.) (I loving she)
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:icondarklord86:
darklord86 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
Love this!

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:icontastikixtutsu:
Tastikixtutsu Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
So epic ! *-*
i love it !!
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:icondjieneborh:
DjienEborh Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually don't like manticores but this ... this is AWESOME
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:icononehallowseve:
OneHallowsEve Featured By Owner May 23, 2013
best.manticore.ever.
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:iconthylacinee:
Thylacinee Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Great idea especially with the faace! I had manticore too and also tried to make her sort of "face" but this... just wow!
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:iconpsychedelicson:
PsychedelicSon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
I'm slapping myself in the face for not coming up with this first. One of my favorites, great job.
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:icontoxicitzi:
ToxicITZI Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
wow, just wow... for the 2 faces, I applaud you for doing something so brilliant. :)
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:iconlegoland5254:
legoland5254 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
TOO MUCH FINAL FANTASYNESS!!!!! :D
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:iconhypothermus:
HypoThermus Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Student General Artist
I absolutely adore this elaborately colourful interpretation. The face doubling as some sort of 'nasal mask' is a real nice touch. There's a real deceptive alure about that aspect.
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Cryptozoomad Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Congratulations for this design. I often tried to design a Manticore myself, but, if I already had the idea of a mask, the way you depicted the two jaws is a genious idea. A really great job, man!
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:iconamrasfelagund:
AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Such an awesome design for the manticore!
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:iconreddragon122100:
reddragon122100 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
wow..... he's beautiful!!!!!!
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:iconkehirion:
Kehirion Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
es una pasada Darksilvania que patron seguiste para dibujarlo? esta ello a tableta o en papel y lo escaneaste?
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:icondarksilvania:
Darksilvania Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
escaneado
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:iconmichael221:
michael221 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the design especially the face.
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:iconjbnirvana:
jbnirvana Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so cool man, very inspirational work
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