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shirecorn · 2 days ago
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How to Draw and Design Gryphons and Hippogryphs by using photo references of eagles, lions and horses?
Draw everything individually, from multiple angles.
How to draw horses || How I practice anatomy || Gesture drawing
It's like juicing up for a very tasty dream by consuming your favorite genre, characters, settings, etc and hoping your subconscious combines them.
If the final result is your target, and you see your drawing arm as a gun taking aim, then references are your bullets. Fill the chamber with reference unless you want to play roulette.
Your first step in reference gathering is to be specific. Know what you want and stick with it. I searched specifically for African Lion and Gold Eagle. Being specific helps you observe detail more accurately, and it already puts you one step ahead of generic designs.
I'm only going to tackle Lion + Eagle today for simplicity, but you can use this advice to combine two, three, or dozens of animals including horses.
Get your reference, and start practicing. Keep it simple and undetailed, only drawing the essence of the photo, rather than exact position and proportion.
Use action poses to practice! Even though they're more challenging, they will infuse your final result with action as well. Look up things like hunting, fighting, walking, running, landing, etc to get action reference.
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Practice most on the creature you're having the hardest time with. That was Lions, for me. I even did a separate page where I studied the structure of their manes, since I wanted that in my griffin design.
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Remember: you can trace photos as part of study! This is helpful for correcting proportions and anatomy. Make sure you are tracing mass and bones, not outlines.
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Now that you're weapon is loaded with reference, you'll be able to design freehand without copying a photo. This is IDEAL because you won't be slowed down by anatomy. Now what we're here for: Design.
Creature Design Masterpost || Splice Vs Blend
This is going to be yet another visit to Splice vs. Blend technique, so strap in. Here's some guys I drew after I finished studying. No photos needed at this stage because I've eaten them all.
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The most common creature design technique is something I call Splicing. You take pieces of animals and graft them onto each other with stitches. Griffins are notorious for this with their bird talons on the front legs and lion paws on the back. That's a creature that was formed through magic, not evolution. This automatically makes your griffin less believable. And probably a bit awkward in the walking department.
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So here's a new challenge: Blending. Take bits of each creature and put them in a mixer, letting the ingredients land all over the place and amongst each other. What if we had a lion skull, with an extra-thick bird beak in place of the jaws? What if the lion chin was still there in the form of a tuft of fur? Maybe the tear duct from the lion, and the eyelids of bird? Let's give it lion ears with the furrowed brow so typical of raptors.
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It already looks like a new life form, rather than a photoshopped amateur hour of recognizable animals. I could cover it in either feathers or fur and it would still be distinct as a new species. I want the classic lion mane in some form, so I'm taking the shape and turning it into long, fluffy feathers.
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Don't stop there! Try identifying what traits make an eagle and eagle, or a lion a lion, and sticking them between each other.
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Keep combining! Challenge convention! Add and omit parts and pieces to your heart's content.
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Take this practice to all parts of all creatures. Throw new stuff in a blender instead of stitching it together. This especially includes color! You see a lot of spliced markings in novelty griffins, with a specific cat and bird. Artists get stuck on copy-pasting animal patterns because they're afraid the ingredients won't be recognizable, or they're just lost in the sauce of loving tigers they forget to actually have fun with it.
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It's still recognizable as tiger and peacock, but much more compelling, wouldn't you say? Go for something unique rather than staying with what feels "safe." There's a million griffin artists out there, but only one You.
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shiredded · a year ago
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I started drawing and I could not stop laughing
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mario-art · 6 months ago
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The Garden
buy a postcard | instagram
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pimsri · 2 months ago
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Tolkientober day 31 : Home
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khorazir · 24 days ago
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“The Woody End”
I started this watercolour some time back in 2003 and for some reason abadoned it. I found it again a few days ago in an old portfolio and finished it today, in time for JRR Tolkien’s 130th birthday. Happy Birthday, Professor :)
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nvd94 · 10 months ago
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Painting time!
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warriordork · 4 months ago
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Long time no see! Here’s a pin badge design I’ve created in conjunction with @/bittipins on Instagram! If you’d love to see this pin get produced please visit their account and comment on their post to show interest!
This will be a series and the more interest we gain the more we’ll design and make!
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fickes · 6 months ago
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[ID: a photo of a digitally painted tarot card depicting Sam smiling over a flower garden in front of a hobbit hole. 7 of the flowers are coins. The card border is made of vines, rings, and elvish writing, and is labeled: “VII of Coins” /end ID]
Lord of the Rings Tarot: VII of Coins: Sam tends the gardens in Hobbiton
☞ buy the deck
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finandnia · 8 months ago
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i really love the idea of bilbo just taking in nature and seeing all the sights while being completely oblivious to thorin’s suffering
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frodo-with-glasses · a month ago
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I guess it’s time I gave you guys an official Merry and Pippin! Bucklanders are river-faring people, so Merry is a Huckleberry Finn-looking son of a Brandybuck, and Pippin is just here to be pure and stupid and purely stupid.
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anotheralbatross · a year ago
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Little Shire sketch for a commission
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shirecorn · 9 months ago
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Harbinger
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shiredded · a year ago
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Post mortem
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secretmellowblog · a year ago
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At last, here’s Chapter Four: an Unexpected Party (Part One!)
First / Previous / Next Instagram/ Webtoons/ A03
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khorazir · 25 days ago
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While looking through old portfolios searching for some of my earliest pieces of Tolkien inspired artwork for my 30th Tolkien anniversary, I found this half-finished one. If I remember correctly, I started it some time in 2003, but for some reason I never finished it. But I’m going to do so now, hopefully in time for the professor’s birthday tomorrow.
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kathrinheierli · 7 months ago
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Drawing hobbits is my comfort food ^^ so have a comic about Belladonna Took and squabbling hobbits :)
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elanordraws · 4 months ago
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A long journey
Birthday painting for my brother of Gandalf’s journey to the shire.
This journey precedes the Fellowship of the Ring and is a scene from the books.
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fickes · 6 months ago
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[ID: a photo of a digitally painted tarot card depicting Sam and Rosie standing outside their hobbit hole. Rosie holds their baby daughter and smiles at Sam. The card border is made of vines, rings, and elvish writing, and is labeled: “IX of Coins” /end ID]
Lord of the Rings Tarot: IX of Coins
☞ buy the deck
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thetwstwildcard · 4 months ago
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Catherine: Aww I adore our new first years, Deuce Spade and *looks at smudged writing on hand* Ale Trampoline.
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solo-han-solo · 3 months ago
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Drawtober 2021 - “bloom” - flowers for the gardener
10-4
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