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!
-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
Friday May 23, 11:59:59 PM EST (GMT -4)
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: http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...55#post3811855
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!
Last edited by Rob Powell; May 20th, 2014 at 11:07 AM.
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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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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.
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).
BLAH BLAH BLAH GRIFFINS!
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.