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Simurgh WIP(?) by Osmatar Simurgh WIP(?) by Osmatar
Today I wanted to see if I still could do something as complex as digital painting. I didn't really expect to accomplish much at all, I just let my hand do the work and see where that would take me. Roughly an hour later, I had made this. It's rough. It's not that great in many places. I didn't even use any references until I started doing detail work on the head, and redid almost half of it as a result. 

I didn't know I could even do something like this anymore. I was needlessly sloppy in places because I didn't expect to produce something presentable. But when I finally ran out of steam, I knew I had to share this with everyone. I'm calling it a WIP although I'm not sure when or even if I'll finish it. Hopefully I will. Two weeks ago I didn't know I'd be doing any digital painting ever. Who knows what the future brings.
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raptorialhawk Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This. Is. The. Most. Awesome. Thing. Ever.

Very inspiring. And awesome.
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really good, but how come you've done the simurgh like this because it's described as having a dog's head on a peacock's body?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
There are many reasons. The obvious one is that if I followed that description, I simply would not have a simurgh in Aren. In fact originally it was supposed to be just the rukh/roc, until I learned of the connection between the mythical simurgh and the rukh, as well as the origins of the simurgh in an ordinary bird of prey. On top of that, the legendary simurgh does have teeth as did my simurgh even before I associated it with the legend, so simurgh felt more fitting than rukh. And this last one may seem a bit silly, but medieval illustrators did have a habit of putting dog heads where they didn't belong, including on snakes, so it didn't feel like much of a stretch anymore.
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fair point. It's just that themorlock.deviantart.com/ did a realistic take and I thought it seemed to match the description more
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013   Traditional Artist
I see. Well, it's a clever alternative solution, but it definitely does not have the body of a peacock, or any bird for that matter, so it's far from a perfect match as well.
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, but I mean look at Hyrotrioskjan's take on the Mokele Mbembe!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013   Traditional Artist
Um... your point being?
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DesOrages Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well its just that it seemed a bit odd. However I do love it, well done! :)
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indigomagpie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Dog's heads on snakes???? Did anyone ever figure out what inspired that?

(Talking of which, did you read Tim Morris's Cryptozoologicon tribute? Very nice hairy viper there)
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Gorgosaurus Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
You're good at these- keep it up.
Spike.
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