Hippogryph 2023

I love mythological beasts, but I don’t have a lot of experience drawing animals? So I figured I should keep practicing.

A hippogryph is a mythological Greek monster, that is the head, wings, and forelimbs of an eagle with the hindquarters and legs of a horse. I was first introduced to the creature in Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, and thought it might be cool to do my own interpretation.

For most of this piece, I did the outlines for this backwards — I started with a big black silhouette, and then “carved” out the feathers with the eraser tool.

The background is entirely digitally painted. I learned some new techniques working on that background that I’m looking forward to employing in the future.

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