Undead Gryphon

Sci fi/Fantasy image by

Lauren Eaves (Leaves)

The animated, skeletal remains of a long-dead gryphon claw at the steep walls of some dark pit, endlessly seeking an escape. It dimly remembers a time ages past when merely a flick of its wings and a strong breeze would be enough to carry it to freedom, but that time is long since gone, and its tattered feathers won't be carrying it anywhere. This somewhat depressing picture involved a lot of time staring at diagrams of eagle and lion skeletons to get an anatomy that made some sense (ah, isn't perfectionism wonderful?). The skull, wishbone, and breastbone are all bird traits, the scapula is feline, to give it some muscle attachments for the foreclaws, and the claws/'hands' are composite: bird feet don't have a fibula, which means they don't rotate, and they don't have so many wrist bones. Ballpoint pen, colored in photoshop (LE).


Published More than a year ago

Category Horror



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