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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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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
Nice, this reminds me of a made-up dino in the novel "Dinosaur Summer" :)
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014   Traditional Artist
I've heard the title of the novel but I've never read it. I'm curious about it though. What was the fictional dinosaur called?
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
Stratoraptor, here's an artist's depiction of it here: absentarthropleurid.deviantart…
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow, that is weird. It's eeriely similar to my Simugh. Since I wasn't inspired by him and he certainly wasn't inspired by me, I have to wonder if there's something that inspired us both to create such similar creatures.
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014
I think it's more like great minds think alike or that it's a common great idea :)
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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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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Looks great :)
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AaronDoyle Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent, I like the subtle detailing on the head
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It looks wonderful, and ever more so for what accomplishing it must mean to you :)
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electreel Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
It looks great! Good job! :)
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bubblekirby Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
This is great! In some ways (particularly the feather textures) I'd actually go as far to say that it's better than your old work.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013   Traditional Artist
And I tend to agree, at least where it came to feather textures. I'm still relatively new to digital painting, and when I last tried doing something with feathers I wasn't even sure if I should be painting true feathers or hair-like filaments. The act of creating something new should always be about learning something, so that you improve with every new creation, rather than becoming stagnant, or worse yet, regressing. So to me hearing that I've improved is the greatest compliment I could hope for. :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Really neat!
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Rancherion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
great work.

what do you think about doing some realistic creature designs as commissions?
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013   Traditional Artist
I think that hopefully that will be realistic one day, but it would be irresponsible for me to promise anything yet. I'm still far from being out of the woods. 
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JackRover Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ain't a dinosaur.. it's a Simurgh!! it's amazing to see your world being fleshed out little by little! I love this painting, especially the wing and neck area.. i like the colours and the pattern you choose for this fierce predator..
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Evenape Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Ah, wonderful, this seems to become a awesome animal :lol:
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Saberrex Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful work. glad to see that you feel better in this way.
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