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"Harpy" by Ryan Bourret

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Beasts and monsters roam the land, one of the most terrifying being the dreaded Harpy. Mindless creatures they lure adventurers close with their mimickery of human woman.

15 Jun 200445 Steven; a fan of sci-fi art
I think your Harpy is fairly close to the original greek myth discription with the exception of the wings. In classic greek myth their wings were supposedly bat-like. The feet you gave this one are very acurate. In the myths I've read they had the feet of eagles. But they were far from mindless. On the contrary, they were notoriously clever and noted for stealing children. The word 'harpy' actually means 'to snatch'. Some scholars of greek mythology believe that the harpy legend is meant to explain some women's impulse to abduct children away from their true mothers. You gotta love those greeks, they had a myth to explain almost everything about human nature, both bad and good.
16 Jun 200445 Anon.
For the above comment on greek mythology;
So you would call abducting another woman's child intelligent?
The methods may be smart, but the act is still fundamentally mindless.
That's why i like this picture, it portrays a basic primal mindlessness for destruction we all have...wether it is brought on by tragedy or other...
24 Jun 200445 BuNni3
i would like to agree with Steven, Harpys wings are said to be similar to bats wings, and also said to have talons on the wings as well. And before i continue i do want to say the drawing is very very good, but i do have to stand up for Harpys and say they are far from mindless also. Yes the name stands for snatching but that does not make them mindless. They are very clever and manipulative. Their roles in Greek myths were to punish the criminals. Mainly those who committed crimes on women. The stories on how they punished tend to be gruesome, but were not mindless. They had reasons behind what they did. They were doing what they were made to do.
26 Jun 200445 Lizy..... Lizy the Great
Kind of humorous, I was looking at your 'Nature of the Beast' one a moment ago, then thought it would be awesome to see a creature who's arms turn into wings at the elbow.
Wow.. must read my mind.
But damn, this is really well done.
I've always imagined harpies with a sort of grungy, vulturish look, but you really pull this off. She's simply magnificant!
6 Aug 200445 Toasty__Souls
Absoloutely amazing. I love her expression. Is she screeching?
10 Oct 200445 Anonymous
wow cool
16 Jun 200545 Anonymous
thats so awsome. I always try to draw harpies but i don't no how.you rock. out of everything harpies are my favorite.
27 Aug 200545 Anonymous
it takes my breath away its so good...AWSOME!!!!
15 Jan 2008:-) Der Freischütz =)
are you familiar with gustave dore? divine!... well...
10 Jul 2012:-) Avasa Patel
amazing work capturing the raw emotion on her face
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 • Created by: :-) Ryan Bourret
 • Copyright: ©Ryan Bourret. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Bird, Harpy, Woman
 • Categories: Demons, Imps, Devils, Beholders..., Lycanthrope, Were-folk, etc, Magic and Sorcery, Spells, etc., Woman, Women
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen
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 • Resolution: 549x700

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