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.
My four concept line works for my cat movement. Trying to decide which one to choose though lolz Wanted to do some action movement. Going to combine a tiger with a turaco and a toucan. Will definitely be fun to do.
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shecker15: try to upload smaller images if you don't mind, scrolling up and down is fine but scrolling side to side is a bit of a pain, plus the larger image sizes can actually slow the forum's loading speed down a bit...as an 'in general rule' try to make it about 1000 pixels wide or less
Another thing I'd recommend is to try to make some smaller thumbnails testing out different designs to quickly plot down your ideas...you want to use a tiger and turaco/toucan hybrid that's fine, try a few sketches with those ideas in mind but also try to explore different avenues as well, sometimes it's best to let the linework do the work for you by doodling randomly and let your mind mold together the different strokes by looking for shapes and squiggles that may form something interesting, look for 'happy accidents', after you get a decent set of thumbnails you can then try mixing and matching different pieces together...perhaps you like the head of one but the wings of another, but you want to use the body of a different one as well...possibilities are endless
for poses what I recommend is to look up some reference images and try some gestural sketching, with the main goal of laying down quick indicative lines to nail the pose...gestures can take about a minute or two to sketch but with practice you may even lay down some poses in 10 seconds even...this also trains you to sketch important details of the figure quickly without spending too much time on detail too early, and with more confidence...
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well I have some free time finally so I thought I would join in on this one. I tried a few different ideas out and this is the one I liked. Went for a crane and giraffe look since both had that long slender look. Some other ideas that I am still thinking of are a hummingbird/ mouse, snow owl/snow fox or leopard. I though why not push this idea of a griffin. Ps the humming bird and mouse was funny looking but the proportions wouldn't pan out so I scraped that one.