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Dec122010

Critters Galore!

Hey crittermakers! the work here gets more and more jaw dropping everytime i visit! XD

here's some beastly work I've finished lately as a project in collaboration with Brynn and Allison:

Ruby Mere-runner: these guys would be medium-sized social predators, in this case a breeding female and her new litter, and that's a yearling female hanging out in the back - all the male young have been chased off into bachelor groups by now :P

Feathertongue Prowhead: i've been doing sketchies for alien critter worlds and i decided to have a family called Prowheads. Part of these went to become the Finlathian YinYang: [link]

but I wanted to diversify the family to include land-going elephantine filter feeders, and eventually other niches too!

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and some more work for the Alphabestiary blog:

The Catoplebas

The Catoblepas or Katoblepon is a rather melancholy monster whose name literally means "down-looking" or "heavy-headed." This beast has been mentioned many times in Medieval folklore and the Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder first described it in its home on the Nile river in Ethiopia.

The Catoblepas is about the size of a large horse or bull, it moves very slowly because of the weight of its head and enormous horns which are usually held low to the ground. In some interpretations it has the snout, head and tusks of a wild boar, while in others it has a more cow like appearance.

Although not vicious unless provoked, it has dangerous noxious breath, and eyes like a basilisk's which are able to turn any onlookers into stone. The Catoblepas' skin is covered in thick fur and protective scales. It is said to have a heavy mane of hair on its muscular neck and over its eyes. This monster is usually content to graze but if an intruder wanders into its territory its mane will bristle uncovering its eyes and sealing the fate of anyone nearby.

Today it is thought that the Catoblepas might actually have been based on second hand accounts of the Wildebeest, which have been greatly exaggerated over time.

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The Dobhar-Chu

Hailing from the rivers and deep lakes of Ireland comes a monster known as the Dobhar-chu. The name Dobhar-Chu when translated from Irish Gaelic literally means "Water-Hound," and is sometimes confused with its close cousin the Pooka (Puca) or "Water-horse."

The Dobhar-Chu has been described differently over time, but the general consensus is that it has a very sleek otter-like appearance, and an enormous dog-like head, with fins like a fish. In some versions of the myth, the Dobhar-Chu has a fish tail and shark teeth. In others, it's more like a huge wiry-haired dog with webbed paws.

In every version of the story, the Dobhar-chu is a maneater that can grow up to seven feet long. The beast has been said to overturn small boats and eat the unsuspecting fishermen inside. A Dobhar-Chu might be hard to spot in the water, but it is easy to hear: it emits a loud shriek that sounds like a young woman as it closes in on its victims.

Half-Dog and half-fish, this monster had its last reported sighting in 2003, but its legacy continues in Irish folklore and in the enthusiasm of cryptid hunters everywhere.

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all of these are done with copic markers, on different papers.

yay! more stuff coming soon :D

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Reader Comments (7)

such beautiful designs, thanks for posting these :)

the Dobhar-Chu is just EPIC!

December 12, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavi Blight

Fantastic designs. Love them all and hungry for more!

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterShreya Shetty

perfect mix between Terryl Whitlatch and Wayne Barlowe .
Very poethic and asthetic in the same time, just love it :)

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterPascal Blanche

Great designs and ideas!
the Dobhar-Chu is my favorite : )

December 13, 2010 | Registered CommenterMauro D'Elia Matheus

how much for one of the Ruby Mere Runner babies?
Awesome work!!

December 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike Corriero

Tiffany, Brynn and Allison?! Now that's what I call the Perfect Storm for some serious monster making! My pen is quivering at the anticipation of such inspiration. ( no innuendo intentionally intended :) Well done ladies!

December 14, 2010 | Registered CommenterDavid Melvin

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