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    COW #320: Glamorous Griffin - WIPs Thread

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    COW #320: Glamorous Griffin

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    This week we are going to get extra fancy with our designs. I assume most creature enthusiats are well aware of the mythical beasts known as griffins. Most commonly interpreted as a hybrid creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body and legs of a lion. For the sake of this round I will not limit you to just those two animals, but keep the griffin's general appearance in mind when coming up with your designs. Basically avian head and wings, with a quadrupedal mammalian body and legs. Now in terms of fanciness I expect you guys to make this griffin as aesthetically pleasing as you can possibly make it. Think of the Birds of Paradise for example, the male individuals of the various species display a wide range of colours and features used in courting to attract mates. However your griffin may have different motives, but it's design should refelct a similar commitment to it's aesthetics. Let's make some fabulous griffins!

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    -Creature must be recognizable as a Griffin. You do not need to be limited to just an Eagle and Lion for your design but make sure you keep the general look of the griffin
    -Show us how glamorous your griffin can be, it must be the fanciest of fancy



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    This thread is the WIPs Thread, meant for uploading any wips, sketches, and ideas for your creature's concepts, as well as any crits, comments, reference images, and discussions relating to the topic! Please submit your final entries to the Finals Thread which can be found here, otherwise your entry will not be included into the poll:
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    If you have any ideas for a future topic for Creature of the Week you are free to add your own ideas and suggestions to the Topic Suggestion Thread!

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    Oh my gosh, seriously? First Pokemon, and now gryphons? You keep making challenges based on my favorite things!!! definitely will be entering this one!

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    That's a pretty great topic! When you're not restricted to animal type, especially on the bird end of things, some pretty amazing possibilities open up. Flamingos, swans, peacocks, cardinals... just think of all the options!

    I may have to try this round as well. Thanks for the great topic.

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    just foolin around early stage, wings obviously missing
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    omg, l've always wanted to draw a griffin ^ ^

    sorry couldn't finish my awesome luxray last comp, college final week kinda demanded all my attention. BUT NOW HOLIDAYS and nothing says holidays then a spiffed up griffin!

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    love it! going to enter this one!

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    I was thinking maybe a turaco/toucan and a zebra or tiger for my choice lolz
    still trying to decide

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    I hope you guys realise this topic isn't about just picking a pretty bird and making a griffin from it...I want you guys to be creative with your concepts and try to come up with something completely unique. Of course you can use real animals for inspiration but don't limit yourselves to just that.

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    Think I can jump in on this round too.

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    @Meteor Panda The colors and shapes of those birds show us a great sample of what is to come with the pieces. I can't wait to see the outcome.

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    Here are some initial sketches of possible griffin designs. I'm drawing inspiration from servals, secretary birds, and superb birds of paradise.
    I was toying around with the idea that this griffin has basically several sets of wings- one pair used for actual flight, and the other sets used for it's display.
    To hunt, it draws prey in with its ethereal singing and the hypnotic display of it's several wings to lure in the prey before it kills (I was thinking of a luring-hunting technique similar to something like an angler fish, but on land).
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    This will be fun because glamorous is a subjective word. I personally think bears are the most majestic animal in the world. My friend thinks they are kinda derpy looking. So I think and owl bear might be with what im going with on this.

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    Clarify no robotic griffins correct ? Just joking I just noticed its not in the rules.

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    Wow, that's a fantastic topic, giving some range with the animals will lead to a lot of great designs. Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!

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    Lines. Still looks pretty griffiny...May just have to consider this one practice. Got to try for something more original. See how it goes.

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    Also if anyone needs any avian anatomy help/redlines, just let me know! Bird anatomy is my specialty so I'd be happy to help with any wing/feather/beak/feet problems you're having

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    Wow Brenda, you're not kidding, you just earned yourself another watcher on DA. I'd be more than willing to humbly accept some of your expert advice.

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    thewomboldt: haha...yeah I added the no robotics rule to the rules thread, but I haven't yet had the chance to change the banner yet, but it does take effect from here on out, not that I'm expecting anyone to be designing any robotic griffins...the last round was the only round that it was an issue...

    scorge: looks awesome but definitely a bit more vicious than glamorous at the moment, one suggestion try to play with decorative feathers a bit more, what more can be added to it's crest? tail? back? wings?...

    Sid Bane: very neat start so far, the description provides a very good visual stimulus, game modellers and animators I'm sure would have fun with this concept...

    quick moodboard thrown together, there are lots of colourful birds out there, and others are just bizarre but in a good way! Also note how their feathers look as well....very showy, very GLAMOROUS...
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    Just a quick paint of my idea, its a Griffin made of the majestic Elk and an Australia Galah.

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    Rob Powell- Thanks!

    Here's another WIP, sketch. I changed the one pair of wings to more of a feathered fan structure.

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    Dave I love the lines, I can't wait to see how you go on colours.
    Rob, you're doing an awesome job. Keep up the killer topics.

    Did some drawing. A REALLY quick play with colour scheme to see how I wanted to go. I may go less flashy but more... gold.

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    well of course, just using my references to remind myself of the diversity of the bird kingdom in regards to the word 'fancy' ^ ^ will probably post colour schemes tonight

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    hey l have a galah, if you want any photos of a pose or anything let me know

    Odin is a photogenic galah.

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    I wasn't going to do this at first because of AP testing but ehh it was too tempting, here's what I got so far.Name:  griffon.jpg
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    Thanks Simon, glad you can join in on the fun!

    Some rough sketches, just feeling out the designs, also trying out different poses...having a look through a lot of reference images as well, soo many different birds almost makes me want to draw a hundred of these....but 4 will do for now seeing as I need to go to bed about an hour ago...
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    hey you should look at how cuttlefish hunt their prey! they shimmer like crazy and confuse them before gobbling them up, worth youtubing. your description is like spot on to what they do

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    I wasn't going to try another creature design but this is a great topic and I would like to improve on my last attempt.

    Starting with a reference sheet. I know, it's not pick a bird and make a griffin based on it, but this approach seems to be generating some interesting ideas, hence the Egyptian / king vultures. But, instead of looking to birds mating plumage and attractive feathers for inspiration, I thought about juvenile cats, most of which are cute and fluffy, then they mature and loose these attributes. My griffin, will try and retain these features to give it it's glamorous appearance, mixed with the colouring and features of a vulture.

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    Does a horse make it a Pegasus. Just want to know before I finalize any design?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thewomboldt View Post
    Does a horse make it a Pegasus. Just want to know before I finalize any design?
    I believe adding a horse half would make it a hippogryph, but due to the "quadrupedal mammalian body and legs" rule it may be okay. Rob Powell would have to answer

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