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Griffon - Avian Companion
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Published: July 14, 2008
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Commission for *botchiball! I actually finished this one a week or so ago while I was in Arizona visiting my dad, but I didn't have a scanner there, and when I got back to Colorado I forgot all about it! ><; Bad me. *slaps wrist*

This Griffon is a companion to a race called Avians. It is very intelligent and built a lot like a large heavy dog. Thi version of a Griffon cannot achieve true flight, but use their smaller wings and fan tail to glide. They have extra talons on each wing to help with climbing and manipulating objects when not in flight.

Had a ton of fun with the colour scheme of this one. Half dog half hawk colouring! Done with Markers, pencil (as in graphite) and a tad of acrylic paint.

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TheadoraWolf's avatar
TheadoraWolfStudent Digital Artist
I wish I could "Like" this piece at least a hundred times!  I love everything about this picture: the colors, shading/lighting, and the ANATOMY!  I REALLY love the anatomy.  Other griffons usually get depicted with such skinny limbs and tiny feet!
Birds and big cats and wild canids usually have pretty big feet, ya know?  Beautiful piece.  Love this.  Heart Love 
SCGaming2002's avatar
SCGaming2002Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :D
melody172's avatar
I love it because it look so real <3
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sylversinHobbyist General Artist
this is not a gryphon. a gryphon is strictly a mix of feline and bird. period. this is a chimera.
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KatieHofgardProfessional Digital Artist
This is fiction.
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sylversinHobbyist General Artist
so your implying that gryphons are real? Gryphons are from lore and mythology. some people would say that, that is fiction. I don't agree I think it's something completely different from fiction or nonfiction.
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KatieHofgardProfessional Digital Artist
Just saying it's all make believe dude, so there's no real reason to get up in arms about it.  Just a drawing, you know?  But also, this drawing is 6 years old, and arguing semantics on a looooong finished piece is not something I feel like doing.  ;)
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sylversinHobbyist General Artist
I can understand that one yes. Lore and mythology says that all gryphons are a mix of bird and feline. most commonly they are eagle and lion. I just actually prefer when people draw something like this it is actually correct to the nature of the lore. I can't blame ya for being creative though.
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KatieHofgardProfessional Digital Artist
In this instance it was a commission, so I don't have control over what the client wants.  But I do have to say, I prefer variations on the lore myself anyway, so as to not sound like I'm passing the blame to the client!  I get wanting to see something that's accurate to the original though.  If I ever do make an attempt as a lore-accurate gryphon, I promise to do my research first!  =)
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sylversinHobbyist General Artist
Well at least you agree. Although when it comes to commissions you give them what their paying for... so
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YemaYemaProfessional General Artist
How lovely! Also really well done!
BeRabbit's avatar
fingers on the wings : what a great idea ! :D
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arcadunatoHobbyist Artist
hoaly shit i could fly happy now. :)
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MoodDragonStudent General Artist
Beautiful! Great job on the feathers and the feet. :)
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Shadow-CrystolHobbyist General Artist
what did you use!?!?! this is amazing!
LadyAnora's avatar
Wow, I just love it! And the details! :la: Awesome work!
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Nyght11Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!
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theMirage-PrismaticHobbyist Writer
this is a fantastic design. I love seeing new concepts of traditional mythical creatures. The colors are definitely very nice - a nice offset from the traditional (personally, if i was the person using this, I'd make a new name for the species since is a dog/hawk hybrid but I'm not so Griffin it is) when I looked at the wings at first I question the wing talons but then I read the description and it makes sense. :) I also love the way you drew the talon paws - definitely bird but you can see how you manipulated it so the Griffin can walk on land. Excellent job! :D :iconiloveitplz:
Chibi-Okamiden's avatar
I love this! The design is beautiful. I love the way you drew the wings!
Artofthebeholder's avatar
This is super amazing! :wow:
:love: I love Griffons, I think you did a spectacular job portraying this marvelous creature!
I like how you approached it, seeing it as kind of a dog/hawk, the colors you chose too are believable & dazzling =)
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DestinedDisasterHobbyist Traditional Artist
May i use this as a fur suit refrance? i love it :))
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KatieHofgardProfessional Digital Artist
I'm sorry but you may not. This was a commissioned piece for a character design, and I can't allow anyone else t use the design, as it's already in use! You should create your own character from scratch, it's more fun anyway! ^^
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