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Meretseger by thomastapir Meretseger by thomastapir
I am completely snowed in at the moment and going a little stir crazy, so I decided to unpack the watercolors and experiment a bit. This one started out as a completely free-form doodle that soon evolved into something vaguely saurian. At first I thought it might be a Retrodino or even a Counterdino done in the weird, washed-out style of George Solonevich's paintings from one of my favorite childhood dinosaur books, Dinosaurs and More Dinosaurs. But as it became increasingly divergent and fantastical, I decided to make it a mythological creature. I was thinking of a cockatrice or basilisk, and the "crown" fit nicely with the "King of Serpents" mythology, but with the crocodilian head and vaguely Egyptian stylization I eventually settled on the cobra goddess Meretseger (who is actually a type of dragon called an amphiptere, according to another one of my many juvenile mythology books). What I was originally thinking of as a hooded neck, as if she's looking over her "shoulder," also bears some resemblance to a stylized mane seen in profile, so I guess it could be Ammut as well--but then I'd have to compete with Commander Salamander's version, which is only about a thousand times cooler. The crocodile-headed god Sobek is another possibility, but that just feels a little too prosaic to me. So yeah, let's just call her Meretseger, Queen of Amphipteres (hey, I just made that up!), and call that good enough.
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Edited Jan 29, 2018  Student Digital Artist
:starstruck: Amazing job on the details! The meretseger looks like a hadrosaur with a unique crest and neck musculature.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018
Thanks so much, I'm glad you like it!  : D
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CartoonBen Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2018  Student Digital Artist
;) (Wink) You're welcome.
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
100 fav ^^
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man you react cool
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016
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TheDubstepAddict Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
i love it
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
Thanks very much, I'm happy you like it!
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oragamiknight Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome XD
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
wonderful water colors
and also a wonderful creature design here =)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2010
Thank you very much, I appreciate your kind words! :)
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dasAdam Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
no problem . i really mean it =)
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osandstorrm Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2009
She's got a conch on her conk! :D
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2009
And a snail on his tail! =P
[link]
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Darkainur Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's so odd but so great!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2009
Thanks, man!
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RPGComicker Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
What gets me is your range. I do a shitty job with watercolor. Your stuff looks alive enough without color, but then when you pull out the tools you've got, it just simply kicks major ass.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
This is what I wanted to respond to...I appreciate the feedback, but I wanted to clarify that I did *NOT* draw this and then color it; it really was just a big watercolor blob that I then refined into a face and added detail. When I try to actually draw something and paint it, the results are much more static, as in ([link]). I mean that's not some big self-deprecating "I suck, I suck" kind of thing, I'm just saying that there isn't usually a lot of initial conscious intent behind a piece like this; it's more a matter of working with the medium and seeing where it takes me, rather than starting with some initial vivid image and transferring it photographically to paper.
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2009
That is awesome watercolor style. I bow before your radiant glory.

The crown really does look like a uraeus. Did you consider the cobra goddess Wadjet? [link]
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2009
Hah, interesting! I didn't realize that Wadjet/Uadjet was itself (herself!) a deity; I thought it was just a symbolic motif. So there's another possibility.

Thanks, my friend, I'm glad you like it! It was a lot of fun and I got a pretty positive response on this one...I plan to do more like it in the future.
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2009
More Egyptian snake creatures? How 'bout Apep?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Interesting--he's another one I'm not too familiar with. I wasn't necessarily thinking only of reptilian deities, though there are a couple of others I'd dearly like to cover, such as Quetzalcoatl and Coatlicue. I'm particularly drawn to the more abstact and exotic deities like Charybdis, the ones that have body designs that are just difficult to imagine and leave themselves open to creative reinterpration. I've been thinking again lately about a more naturalistic treatment of mythological creatures, as if they are genetic chimerae left over from some prehistoric culture, ala my earlier Sphinx and Mandricore drawings...Some overlap there too with the Flea War's "Overculture."
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
Ooh, I see what you mean, and I like it. Charybdis is a whirlpool with something unspeakable at the bottom (I like to thing of it as some tentacled horror). Scylla would also be interesting - the seemingly conflicting descriptions of her (Homer's Odyssey versus Ovid's Metamorphoses) leave one with a very confused image. Itzpapalotl is also a good choice, speaking of Quetzalcoatl and Coatlicue.

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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
My friend, you are a bottomless well of monstrosity-related goodness, much like Charybdis herself. Itzpapalotl--NICE. I'm not even sure I've heard of her before, to tell you the truth.

I was just talking with Stahlhelm about the fictional and artistic potential in some of the old mystery religions...I should study up on the more obscure world myths in the interest of finding fresh monsters.
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Sphenacodon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Well, I'd better be. After all, I did work for years on a massive illustrated encyclopedia of legendary entities, and absorbed a huge amount of information on these creatures from references famous and obscure. Then I realized I had no way of making it work out the way I wanted with my limited time. I still have some 500 word documents on my laptop with entries from that. So right now, I know what's a Caspilly, a Nuckalevee, a Koutsodaimonas, a Velludo, a Hosenteufel, a Karnabo, and a Coquecigrue, but can't do anything with that. Yet.

Itzpapalotl is really cool, IMO. An obsidian butterfly-jaguar-sphinx can only be awesome.

Mythology just keeps turning up good stuff. I'd like to know what those mythologists were on, and then I'd like to know where I can get it.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
Did you seriously?? Was this just a personal project...? That's quite a bit of effort to devote to the topic...I'm impressed!

Spooky coincidence--would you believe that I just yesterday learned of the Nuckalevee? Somebody who faved one of my pieces had one on his page.
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PippinIncarnate Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
amazing! the crest at the top of the head fascinates me. to me at least it seems like some weird secondary mouth, or even a..seed pod? XD crazy i know, but nonetheless, the crest has this energy about it...it feels like it should open, and that there's something cool inside, and i just want it to open and see what it is XD

(even though there's prolly nothing really there except for blood vessels or nasal passages ^^)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2009
Whoa, that's a really cool idea! I just immediately flashed on some sort of symbiotic relationship--perhaps the sac conceals a vegetable organism that plays a pivotal role in feeding, display, defense, or reproduction. Maybe it bursts open and sprays spores at attacking predators, or produces an alluring pheromone...Maybe it disseminates the DNA of host and parasite in the form of a cloud of seeds sent aloft on the wind. The possibilities are endless...I'm fascinated with symbiosis and commensalism, so that concept really appeals to my creative sensibilities.

Thanks for the cool comment and the fave!
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PippinIncarnate Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009
oh you're very welcome! I guess I did find out what's really inside the crest--a treasure trove of creative possibities!

glad I could help!
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DSil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2008  Student General Artist
Great! Bizarre but believable, and really cool rendering style. I like the details in the face.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Thanks, man! I've gotten some pretty positive feedback on this one; it makes me want to experiment further with watercolors.
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Kiba-no-Dairokan Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Wowwwwwaaa.... *o.o*

Just one thing : beautiful work... !
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
Thanks very much, I'm glad you like it!
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BrokenMachine86 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man... someday I got to practice in watercolors.
Great painting! It feels so fresh and spontaneous, but also so meticulous and detailed. And the design is fantastic, as always. :)
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks very much! That's high praise indeed coming from someone as talented as yourself...Man, seeing what you do with pencil, I can't even imagine what you would accomplish with paint! :omg: I hope to find out someday. :)
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DeineAngel Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Oooh, I like the a lot!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thank you! Meretseger, Queen of Amphipteres, bears your approval with a lofty lack of consideration for mammalian regard.
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Giggarex Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Awsome!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks very much! :)
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Hdladkfadl! 0.0

I... am stunned and amazed. Watercolor is like the one medium that I absolutely adore but have no real skill in.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks, Darcie! Gosh, now that I think about it, I guess I haven't seen any analog paintings from you...It's funny because I always think of your stuff as painted, but I guess it's usually computer-colored. Have you ever tried anything like acrylics?
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Doodlebotbop Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I did a painting with those once, saddest fat tree you ever did see.

Once I did a nice watercolor, it's in my gallery somewhere... with flowers and fairies XD

And you are very welcome!
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Abstract-o-saurus :? :laughing: Seems like you just let the brushes do the thinking, which is always a very healthy thing. I feel no need to interpret this image literally. IMO, the triumph of this image belongs to an overall pleasing composition; balanced and spontaneous. :thumbsup: :D Imminently frameable. Might be a nice Holiday gift for the little nephew?

Now, get out there and shovel! Been battling the elements for the past three days.. long driveway+no snowblower= broken back. But feels kind of good afterwards.

Did the opposite of you... used snow as an excuse to procrastinate art. ^^;
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks, Rob! Hah, that's a good idea, I know my nephew would love it...He's a big creature fan, due in no small part to his uncle's influence, or so I like to think. :)

Yep, got out there and shovelled! As you say, backbreaking, but it feels good when you get it done. I think it's the most exercise I've gotten in over a week! :lol:
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Rob-Cavanna Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Imagining being a kid, I think I'd be psyched to get such a thing from my uncle. On the other hand, kids these days... maybe he'll be crushed it's not an mp3 player or something? Better get a 'safety' gift as well.

Yeah, I feel the same way about that exercise. Might be the perfect way to break the lazy spell. Good intense burst of cardio to wake up the hibernating physique. Dare I ask... how many inches you got over there in the northwest?
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Yeah, I have to say I had a lot more energy this afternoon! I didn't even take a nap, as is my custom during these long, dark winter days trapped indoors.

Let's see, according to the paper the Portland area got 13" between Saturday and Monday morning, which is the most accumulation we've had since 1980! I know that's not a lot compared to many other places, especially the northeast, but it's very unusual around here. Still waiting for the thaw... :|
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Furgur Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
This looks beautiful..Is it made in Aquarell colours on paper?
I like this medium because it feels so alive and playful..Lovely colours...Such a wonderful creaturedesign.
Your designs always seem to have a realistic feeling.
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2008
Thanks very much, I'm happy you like it! It was just Winsor & Newton sepia and Grumbacher Chinese white on some fairly inexpensive watercolor paper. That in itself was a bit of a change for me--for my more polychromatic pieces I usually use cheap-o Prang watercolors on cotton resume paper. :)
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