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Sphinx by GENZOMAN Sphinx by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! here comes a pic Ive done in a stream several months ago, maybe you remember it :). Done for Fenix TCG, The Sphinx. hope you like it.... BTW, if you can, check the upcoming issue of Imagine FX magazine. I done a tutorial there and provided a couple of videos of the whole process, including character and backgrounds, PSD and work process.

bamboo/PSCS3/7 hours/Music: Therion - Seven secrets of the sphinx


A sphinx (Ancient Greek: Σφίγξ /sphinx, Botian: Φίξ /Phix) is a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head.

The sphinx, in Greek tradition, has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face and breast of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are gobbled up whole and eaten by this ravenous monster. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent in contrast to the malevolent Greek version and was thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples.

In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions.

Generally the role of sphinxes is associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey and was dated to 9,500 BC.

There was a single sphinx in Greek mythology, a unique demon of destruction and bad luck. According to Hesiod, she was a daughter of Orthus and either Echidna or the Chimera, or perhaps even Ceto; according to others, she was a daughter of Echidna and Typhon. All of these are chthonic figures from the earliest of Greek myths, before the Olympians ruled the Greek pantheon. The Sphinx is called Phix (Φίξ) by Hesiod.

The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travellers to allow them passage. The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.

It was said in late lore that Hera or Ares sent the Sphinx from her Ethiopian homeland (the Greeks always remembered the foreign origin of the Sphinx) to Thebes in Greece where she asks all passersby the most famous riddle in history: "Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?" She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: Manwho crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age. An allegorical interpretation is also the development of man from a primitive state (four-footed animal), to self-sustained (two-footed) and finally to stable and mature (see tripod). By some accounts (but much more rarely), there was a second riddle: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first." The answer is "day and night" (both words are feminine in Greek).

Bested at last, the tale continues, the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died. An alternative version tells that she devoured herself. Thus Oedipus can be recognized as a "liminal" or threshold figure, helping effect the transition between the old religious practices, represented by the death of the Sphinx, and the rise of the new, Olympian gods.
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bloodmoon08 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2019  Professional Artist
AshleyShyD Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2018
I am in LOVE with your work <3 
Joel-Cevallos Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2017
Scariest damn monster from mythology 
salyssong Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Good thing Neon Genesis Evangelion didn't exist back then, nobodycould anwser her riddles.
DarkWithinLight2017 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Ok, this is LITERALLY creepy
Amerenthis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quite literally, awe-inspiring. 
orion-hunter Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dezharn Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2016
Awesome work dude... Can I use your image for a Web Page about mitology that i am doing? I would cite all your work in the credits and link back in the description, that's for sure!!
Omega-Sentry Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
Love it, only anthropologist are now saying that the sphinx was not a lion or cat. Originally the Sphinx is said to be a dog. Since it could have been a depiction of Anubis. Maybe make a version of said sphinx?
frederickstan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2016  Hobbyist
great job  on this Egyptian sphinx & love that you give the back grown story of her history
Wolfsketch101 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE mythology stories like this but i always wondered: "Why did she hurl/eat herself to death for being bested?"

I'm assuming it was a psychological thing like one guy said she went mad from denying the fact that a mere mortal could solve her riddle, but that sounds just out of place and kind of stupid. What do you think?
pwnzer895 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She threw herself off a cliff. It was because her riddle was the only real power she had over man. If her riddle could be solved, she felt no need to live any longer, and threw herself off the cliff in despair. Of course, Sophocles was the only man who could ever truly know exactly WHY the sphinx did as she did. 
BlackCronus23 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
The circle of life
bninja1994 Featured By Owner May 21, 2015
If I answer it's riddles can it granted me a wish?
PrimPalver Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
¡Wow! La expresión en su rostro, es una suma de la majestuosidad de las bestias que la componen sumado a esa mirada de misterio y sabiduría llena de secretos. Es como la esfinge de Egipto, cuyo logro escultórico radica en que su placidez insinúa que sabe tanto y a la vez es sabia y serena, en ésta imágen, Genzo, has logrado tu propia versión de dicho semblante místico.

Te felicito de verdad. Me encanta tu trabajo. Muchas gracias por compartirlo.

Wow! The expression on her face, is the sum of the majestic beasts that compose it together with that look of mystery and wisdom full of secrets. It's like the Egiptian Sphinx, whose sculptural achievement is that its placidity look like that she knows so much and yet she is wise and serene, in this image, Genzo, you've achieved your own version of that mystical face.

I congratulate really. I love your work. Thank you very much for sharing.
Rhuen1 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015
Nice to finally find where this image came from. Came across it online a few years back.
Geminice Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Lockaut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
she's beautiful!!
SamSamSSR Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She looks so amazing :O. I thought she was a lamassu ( because of the wings)
eeveelover37 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its beautiful...
ILuv2BSilly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
she is amazing

can you look at my work and comment plz…
teeheeteepee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
In old days her skin probably was pitch black, as was common for people from Nubia/Ethiopia.
Gzo78 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Actually tee you are correct. Most of the pantheonic culture/stories of Greece originated from their best minds traveling to Timbuktu and other "universities" to study in Northern Africa (Egypt {Kemet}, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq etc.) The nose of the Egyptian Sphinx was a full one and was shot of because of racial jealousy. STILL, this is a beautiful piece of art and I faved it because so. 
GreenPixieDust Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really guys? You can't just comment on the beauty of the picture, you have to just focus on her breasts? The picture is stunning.
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
holy crap... that sphinx has some large jugs 0.0
xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
yup XD makes me like it a lot more ;D
NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Very nicely done
grazatt Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
"Ha ha! Hey Sphinxie, I got yer riddle right here: What's hard in the morning, soft most of the day, and hard again all night?"
XiaoDiamaoh Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
My Bed.
HHagen Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Esta chingona bro, te felicito!!
Skullkid42 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
duuude the sphinx is one of my favorite mythical creatures. this is so awesome

xbox432 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2013
Beautifully crafted, the very image of a sphinx I was looking for.
DeviantSlashLonghorn Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
That's an amazing work, man! Already in favs!
Estowers Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Excellent work of art. I have a request: please make an Egyptian version of the Sphinx myth.
pytko3 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
She's beautiful.Love 
artgoon7 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
man you make the art i like i could draw like you
1TomBoy Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Khasdannyanlord Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
holly my!!!!!
bronzesword Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A magnificent composition!
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Professional Artist
LeoAngell Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
TikTokToxic Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you for posting this awesome picture AND the facts about sphinxes! I had only heard of the Egyptian Sphinx, so when I saw wings on half of them, I was like "wtf?". Now I know the difference, thanks!
Kat--The--Cat Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
still nice
Kat--The--Cat Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
thats one hore looking sphinxs
LadyBrighit Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist
very nice!
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BrutalAfro16 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist
*thumbs up*
toberkitty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, really well done!
gA-rth Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012
Its flowing, crisp, strong and the color is f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! And the sphinx herself is quite beautiful!
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