Kelpie

The Kelpie stories originated in Scotland.  A Kelpie is a horse-like creature that lives in the seas.  It also has the ability to take human form.  It is said that this beast is mostly malicious and not one that you want to cross in the wild.

For my depiction, I wanted to show the more majestic side of the creature.  I originally did the colorful and vibrant version, and then decided to try the black and white version.  Which one do you like better?  Leave a comment!

Kelpie Kelpie B-W

 

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Horse- http://www.photoshop-php.ru/img/855/dop/hourse.jpg?PHPSESSID=03ab76a85ff7851c6171187b6fdc8e9a

Waist- http://www.deviantart.com/art/Happy-Betta-Fish-355312584

Tail- http://photography-vlm.blogspot.com/2012/04/whose-tail.html

Spikes- http://www.taxidermy.net/forum/index.php/topic,148382.0.html

Fins- http://www.sanjuanorcas.com/uploads/1/7/8/9/17890941/1024788_orig.jpg

Sky- http://maryrows.com/wp-content/gallery/home-page/slide2.jpg

Water- http://image6.tuku.cn/wallpaper/Animal%20Wallpapers/10845_1680x1050.jpg

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Fairy Battle

Fairies are well known in the mythical stories.  Tiny people with wings that try to stay hidden from the human realm. Legend says that circles of mushrooms are indication that fairies have recently gathered there.  

But fairy life is not just fluttering and dancing.  They have their own societies, and sometimes those different groups may have disagreements.  Below I have depicted a fairy dispute that has escalated to full on war.  

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Background
Female Models
Male Models
Fire
Wings

 

Arachne

The myth of Arachne is not as well known as other Greek mythology. The tale is of a young woman who had impressive weaving skill.  So good in fact, that she thought she was better than the gods. She challenged an old lady in a weaving contest (the old lady turned out to be Athena, the Greek Goddess, in disguise). Arachne weaved scenes of Zeus being unfaithful to his wife, and Athena was enraged. Realizing what she had done, Arachne tried to hang herself, but, having pity, Athena changed her rope to a cobweb at the last moment, and Arachne transformed into a spider beast.

Below I have created what I imagine this beast to look like hiding in her cave. Click the image for a larger version.

Spider Lady final

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Model – Background – Spider Abdomen – Spider Legs

Wampus Cat

The Wampus Cat is a Native American Legend from the Cherokee tribe.  The story tells of a woman who would disguise herself in the skin of a cougar to be able to observe the “male-only” rituals performed by the tribesmen.  When she was discovered, a curse was put on her, combining her body with that of the cat.  She is said to be a ferocious animal that still terrorizes the wilderness in Tennessee.  Here is my depiction of what this mythical creature would look like in real life-

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For any who are interested, here are a few of the steps I took along the way to creating this beast-

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The last rough draft.  Scroll up again to see the finished image.

Jinn

The Jinn are (according to arabic mythology) one of the three sentient creatures of God, besides humans and angels.  They have been described as a smokeless fire.  My version isn’t smokeless, nor firey, but rather a variation of classically portrayed Jinn (more commonly known in American culture as genies).  

Jinn, like humans, can be either good or evil, and contrary to popular belief, they actually have free will, and are not meant to be a wishing well for a fortunate human.  Thus I have portrayed this Jinn to be escaping his lamp prison on his own accord, mixing the Eastern and Western ideas of Jinn.

Here are a couple earlier depictions of Jinn-

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Hungarian stamp representing a jinni from the One Thousand and One Nights.

And here is the Western interpretation from the popular Disney film, Aladdin.

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As usual, my interpretation varies from both of these.  I thought a Jinn who had been imprisoned in a lamp and escaped would be scrawny and angry.  Here is my Photoshop-

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Basilisk

This week I have created a Basilisk.  The legend of the basilisk has changed overtime, and had several variations from the original concept.  The most common concept of the basilisk today was created in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, and was depicted as an enormous serpent.

The traditional idea of a basilisk is a creature that came from a serpent’s egg, but hatched by a chicken, thus having both qualities of both a rooster and a snake.  Here are two olden-day depictions-

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Woodblock Print of a basilisk from Ulisse Aldrovandi, Monstrorum historia, 1642 

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The basilisk and the weasel, print attributed to Wenceslas Hollar.

My concept was simply a combination of what I might imagine would be the offspring of a chicken and snake.  With a hard beak, two snake-like front legs, and a long serpent body, my basilisk hides in caves, and going along with tradition, a gaze into it’s eyes could end one’s life instantaneously.

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