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Hippogriffs

This is an unfinished digital painting I’ve been working on, and a quick sketch of a Hippogriff. I’ m trying to get a feel for this creature. Each individual part is easy, but putting the whole creature all together is a nightmare!
I am planning to do Hippogriffs as Windstone sculptures, either as Paint-Your-Owns, or as production pieces. After doing one rough clay of a lying mare, ( she is pictured here, in my gallery http://www.windstoneeditions.com/galleries/displayimage.php?album=16&pos=46 ) I am finding that this is the fantasy animal whose proportions I have the most trouble with. Hippogriffs have some unresolvable conflicts of proportion when you combine a lion and horse body with an eagle’s. The horse hind legs are long and thin, the eagle/lion front legs are shorter and thicker. No matter how I do it, the horse hind end ends up looking too small and weak. I have gotten around this issue with the one hippogiff I have done so far ( The candle holder, pictured here: https://www.windstoneeditions.com/shop/hippogriff-candlelamp.html ) by having him sit up with the troublesome eagle paws held up, So you can’t really tell how big they are in comparison to the horse legs !

8 Responses to Hippogriffs

  1. ghostndragon February 16, 2009 at 9:14 pm #

    I am continually amazed at your talent, Melody. Have you tried using draft horse legs instead of thoroughbred legs?

  2. kitsunelady February 16, 2009 at 10:25 pm #

    I was thinking the same thing. =D Or just give it slenderized lion legs in the front? The one in your gallery doesn’t look bad. o.o

  3. Greater Basilisk February 17, 2009 at 6:13 am #

    The painting is beautiful. I love the way you “equinized” the raptor head with those large cheekbones. The lighting is perfect too.

  4. Lokie56 February 19, 2009 at 12:10 am #

    That digital painting is beautiful =] Did you find it difficult to transition from the physical mediums in making art to digital?

  5. windstone February 20, 2009 at 6:10 am #

    YES! I have trouble with everything.

  6. windstone February 20, 2009 at 6:11 am #

    It would need “my little pony” legs to make it seem balanced!

  7. ghostndragon February 20, 2009 at 7:40 am #

    Hehe. Little bent, rubberized columns. THAT would do it.

  8. stasher-dragon February 20, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    Make the horse end a thick, meaty draft horse.

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