Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 36 - Recaps! Part

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 36 - Recaps! Part 1

Welcome to the thirty-sixth issue of my fantasy features news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!
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Due to my long absence (I was busy having a baby girl!), I thought I should reintroduce my articles for those who may not have seen them before.  So, between this week's article and the next, I'm featuring a few more gems from every creature feature so far!

From Wikipedia… :

Some mythical creatures have their origin in traditional mythology and have been believed to be real creatures, for example the dragon, the unicorn, and griffin. Others were based on real encounters, originating in garbled accounts of travelers' tales, such as the Vegetable Lamb of Tartary, which supposedly grew tethered to the earth (and was actually a type of fern).
Conversely, some creatures downplayed as just storytelling, have been rediscovered and found to be real in present times, such as the Giant Squid (the Kraken).
Often mythical creatures are hybrids, a combination of two or more animals. For example, a centaur is a combination of a man and horse, the minotaur of a man and bull, and the mermaid, half woman and half fish.
Other legendary creatures are thought to exist even today, but evidence is lacking. Famous examples are chupacabras, Bigfoot, Yeti, the Loch Ness Monster, and even space aliens. These are called cryptids by cryptozoologists.
In medieval bestiaries, legendary creatures are listed together with real animals. Throughout history legendary creatures have been incorporated into heraldry and architectural decoration.
Many legendary creatures appear prominently in fantasy fiction. These creatures are often claimed to have supernatural powers or knowledge or to guard some object of great value, which becomes critical to the plot of the story in which it is found. Dragons, for instance, are commonly depicted as perched on a gleaming hoard of gold which becomes the target of adventurers.
Legendary creatures have also been accepted into many facets of popular culture, most notably in fantasy role playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons, video games, and Hollywood movies.

Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:


Unicorn picture by Elfs-Toyshop 'Sigil' ooak unicorn by AmandaKathryn My Little Pony Custom Sonata by eponyart Unicorn by Konsuello Wind Unicorn by KelleeArt


The Mermaid by Viccolatte Princess Mermaid by Spectra22 Bathe in the Light by TheRealLittleMermaid moon white pearl shell by Elda-QD :thumb184714115:

Eastern Dragons:

Dragon Spirit by daxiong Eastern Dragon by drakhenliche Shenglong by GENZOMAN :thumb192680119:


Kitsune by NerdStitch The Autumn Kitsune by Pharaonenfuchs :thumb251848994: Ninetails II by avodkabottle


Tribal Alicorn by Katana-Tate Trade: Sky Goddess by Agaave Pony Trophy - Alicorn by KP-ShadowSquirrel Aashvi by sighthoundlady Nightmare Moon by Huussii


:thumb19424610: Gnome in a Teacup by nimani-confused Power Word: Shield Hearthstone by Miladymorigane gnome by atosekpapierosek :thumb18518763:


Tanuki by vantid Commission: TASHA TANUKI by miri-kun Tanuki by bunjikun Tanuki Tricks by VVjonez Tanuki and Chestnut with spike by enorapi


Little Colt by Peanuttie The Sorceress Centaur by CarolMylius :thumb150170407: Archery Lesson by saeriellyn The Last Centaur painting by dashinvaine


orc update by Cok3ster Orcs at the gate by SeeEffEye The Slave by kerembeyit Orcs by Dubisch :thumb253206038:


Sweet Green Dryad by Weiss-gatto Gift Sakimichan - Tree Light by Zolaida Tree Light by sakimichan :thumb40010949: Dryad by shley77


Samwise the Brave by Cynthia-Blair Halfling by Taurina LOTRO - Hobbits by Gorrem Halflings by JonHodgson Perin Shadowblade by aggettzz


The Eternal Forest by depingo Masquerade: Bluebird by Saimain Refreshing Rain by katiedesousa Traveler's Gift by Graysun-D


Lotus Fairy by ValliantCreations IMAGO CARDS - Faerie by Vandrell A Clockwork Faerie - color - by Claudia-SG make me some cute by maruhana-bachi Second Star to the Right by ToolKitten


The Vampire by Elda-QD Vampire Embrace by Tammara Another Vampire by hgjart Vampire by Saehral


Sphinx by GENZOMAN The Sphinx by hibbary Jean Sphinx by PookaWitch Elonia Rojelo by roan-aigaean Sphinx by Twisted-Existence


Gryphon - updated anatomy by MissChrysaalis White Griffin by VentralHound caught in light by hibbary


Phoenix by GENZOMAN Rebirth Flame by Vyrilien Phoenix Dust by tyreenya phoenix by phoenixlu :thumb111882901:


Thank you so much for viewing, and come back next time for a different inhabitant of the Realms of Fantasy and Myth!

~Arah :heart:

Previous Issues:
Week 1 - Unicorns:…
Week 2 - Merfolk:…
Week 3 - Eastern Dragons:…
Week 4 - Kitsune:…
Week 5 - Alicorn:…
Week 6 - Gnomes:…
Week 7 - Tanuki:…
Week 8 - Centaurs:…
Week 9 - Special Edition:…
Week 10 - Orcs:…
Week 11 - Dryad:…
Week 12 - Halflings:…
Week 13 - Elves:…
Week 14 - Faeries:…
Week 15 - Vampires:…
Week 16 - Sphinx:…
Week 17 - Griffin:…
Week 18 - Phoenix:…
Week 19 - Djinn:…
Week 20 - Werewolves:…
Week 21 - Selkie:…
Week 22 - Gargoyles:…
Week 23 - Western Dragons:…
Week 24 - Drow:…
Week 25 - Yeti:…
Week 26 - Kirin:…
Week 27 - Satyr:…
Week 28 - Hippocampus:…
Week 29 - Manticore:…
Week 30 - Leprechauns:…
Week 31 - Pegasus:…
Week 32 - Lamia:…
Week 33 - Kelpie:…
Week 34 - Water Nymphs:…
Week 35 - Kraken:…
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Tammara's avatar
I'm sorry this is so late but, thank you very much for the feature.:love:
ladyarah's avatar
You're very welcome, of course! :hug:
IdaLarsenArt's avatar
Thank you for the kind feature!
Lots of gorgeus works here, I am honoured to be amongst them :love:
ladyarah's avatar
No problem! And I'm so glad you liked it! ^_^
Elfs-Toyshop's avatar
Wow, great pics, I Love them all!! So many amazing artists. ^_^ THanks so much for including my unicorn picture. ^_^ :hug:
ladyarah's avatar
Aww, you're so very welcome! :heart: :hug: :heart:
And I'm always in amazement at the talent here on dA, it's wonderful!
Zolaida's avatar
Thank you so much, such lovely features~! :heart:
ladyarah's avatar
No problem, and thanks! :hug:
ValliantCreations's avatar
Thanks for the feature. ;D
ladyarah's avatar
You're very welcome! :heart:
tyreenya's avatar
Oh mai! Thank you SO much for including my work in this! It's quite an honor ^^
ladyarah's avatar
You're very welcome! I absolutely LOVE your work, so of course I had to include you! :heart:
PookaWitch's avatar
Thank you so much for featuring my picture. <3
ladyarah's avatar
You're very welcome! :hug:
Cynthia-Blair's avatar
wow- Thanks!!
Great feature,'s wonderful to see such beautiful art from fantasy worlds, bravo!
ladyarah's avatar
No problem! I'm always on the lookout for awesome fantasy art, I've always had a special love of it. I'm so glad you enjoy it as well! :hug:
Vyrilien's avatar
Lovely feature! I ADORE mythical creatures and beings. They are amongst my most favourite subjects and there are many beautiful works here I hadn't seen before. I'm grateful one of my works was included. Thanks again :heart:
ladyarah's avatar
Thanks! And I've loved fantasy and mythical creatures since I was a little kid. I've devoted waaaaay too much time to studying everything from Elves to Chupacabra :blush:
Glad you found some new works here, that's the whole reason I feature them - to spread the love!
And of course, it's my pleasure :hug:
Vyrilien's avatar
So have I! :D I'm interested in all sorts of folklore so it's great to see such a comprehensive collection, featuring both popular and less well-known mythical beings!
ladyarah's avatar
Well, I aim to please ^_^
I especially want to feature the lesser known beings (cockatrice, just for example), but I have to wait until I can find enough art to feature. But I'm always on the lookout, so I'm determined to eventually shed light on all these creatures I've studied for so long!
Agaave's avatar
Beautiful feature! :heart:
Thank you for including my drawing in it! :la:
ladyarah's avatar
I'm so glad you liked it!
And you're very welcome :hug:
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