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Griffon - Avian Companion by Shadow-Wolf Griffon - Avian Companion by Shadow-Wolf
Commission for *botchiball! I actually finished this one a week or so ago while I was in Arizona visiting my dad, but I didn't have a scanner there, and when I got back to Colorado I forgot all about it! ><; Bad me. *slaps wrist*

This Griffon is a companion to a race called Avians. It is very intelligent and built a lot like a large heavy dog. Thi version of a Griffon cannot achieve true flight, but use their smaller wings and fan tail to glide. They have extra talons on each wing to help with climbing and manipulating objects when not in flight.

Had a ton of fun with the colour scheme of this one. Half dog half hawk colouring! Done with Markers, pencil (as in graphite) and a tad of acrylic paint.

Copyright to Katie Hofgard
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:iconleethcardoso:
LeethCardoso Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
cool :meow:
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:iconscgaming2002:
SCGaming2002 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful :D
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melody172 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I love it because it look so real <3
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sylversin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is not a gryphon. a gryphon is strictly a mix of feline and bird. period. this is a chimera.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is fiction.
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sylversin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so your implying that gryphons are real? Gryphons are from lore and mythology. some people would say that, that is fiction. I don't agree I think it's something completely different from fiction or nonfiction.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Just saying it's all make believe dude, so there's no real reason to get up in arms about it.  Just a drawing, you know?  But also, this drawing is 6 years old, and arguing semantics on a looooong finished piece is not something I feel like doing.  ;)
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sylversin Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I can understand that one yes. Lore and mythology says that all gryphons are a mix of bird and feline. most commonly they are eagle and lion. I just actually prefer when people draw something like this it is actually correct to the nature of the lore. I can't blame ya for being creative though.
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In this instance it was a commission, so I don't have control over what the client wants.  But I do have to say, I prefer variations on the lore myself anyway, so as to not sound like I'm passing the blame to the client!  I get wanting to see something that's accurate to the original though.  If I ever do make an attempt as a lore-accurate gryphon, I promise to do my research first!  =)
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sylversin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well at least you agree. Although when it comes to commissions you give them what their paying for... so
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YemaYema Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
How lovely! Also really well done!
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BeRabbit Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
fingers on the wings : what a great idea ! :D
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:iconarcadunato:
arcadunato Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
hoaly shit i could fly happy now. :)
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MoodDragon Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful! Great job on the feathers and the feet. :)
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Shadow-Crystol Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
what did you use!?!?! this is amazing!
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:iconthe-shiny-victini:
the-shiny-victini Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconnordlyset:
NordLyset Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, I just love it! And the details! :la: Awesome work!
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Nyght11 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
love it!
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theMirage-Prismatic Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
this is a fantastic design. I love seeing new concepts of traditional mythical creatures. The colors are definitely very nice - a nice offset from the traditional (personally, if i was the person using this, I'd make a new name for the species since is a dog/hawk hybrid but I'm not so Griffin it is) when I looked at the wings at first I question the wing talons but then I read the description and it makes sense. :) I also love the way you drew the talon paws - definitely bird but you can see how you manipulated it so the Griffin can walk on land. Excellent job! :D :iconiloveitplz:
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Chibi-Okamiden Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I love this! The design is beautiful. I love the way you drew the wings!
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Artofthebeholder Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011
This is super amazing! :wow:
:love: I love Griffons, I think you did a spectacular job portraying this marvelous creature!
I like how you approached it, seeing it as kind of a dog/hawk, the colors you chose too are believable & dazzling =)
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DestinedDisaster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
May i use this as a fur suit refrance? i love it :))
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry but you may not. This was a commissioned piece for a character design, and I can't allow anyone else t use the design, as it's already in use! You should create your own character from scratch, it's more fun anyway! ^^
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DestinedDisaster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm absolutly awful at drawing.... >.<
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Best commission an artist to do it then, or perhaps see if you can find someone who takes requests?
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DestinedDisaster Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah.. ty
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Inkcreation Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Writer
What kind of markers/colored pencils did you use? This is AWESOME
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I used prismacolor brand.
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Inkcreation Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Writer
hm...never heard of that before :P
sorry for asking so many questions-I am trying to train myself to draw. Originally I wanted to do computer coloring and such, but now I am leaning towards pencil shading and colored pencils
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Checkerthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student General Artist
wow good job
did you use photo shop, or something else?
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Check out the description. =)
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:iconcheckerthehedgehog:
Checkerthehedgehog Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student General Artist
oh hehe sorry ^^;
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joeboylenyc Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is very possibly my favorite rendering of a Griffon EVER. I love it to death.
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wolfboy13 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011
Man, Katie, I just love this to death!!
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DragonSumoner Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awww shummmmmm
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yubtseb Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
Amazing work mate, I love the amount of detail you added to it
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Kaia-Ulv Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I especially love the feet!
It's beautiful
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Wolfespirit Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Awsome o _o
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Edn4017 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
nice! i like the look.
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Duquess-Sabrina1992 Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I luv griffons
Great work
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Owlluver Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
this is amazing! I saw this on Artspots! I am new there, This so soo awsome! I LOVE the colouring! I think you should make a gryphon tutorial ;P How the heck did you do this with markers?!? Wait, markers as in like felt pens?
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phenom54 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010
did U drew dis?
i like it!(if u did)
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's in my gallery, isn't it? Yes, I drew this.
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phenom54 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010
wth jusaskin
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I didn't snap at you hun, it's just sort of obvious that if it's in my gallery, you see others like it in my gallery, then I drew it. =)
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart: Your gorgeous art has been featured! [link]
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Drageline Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Witty and cute looking, awesome work! :)
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Nighty-chan Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
This is great!! :w00t:
I like the way you draw feathers and wings. He just seems so soft...
And the coloration is awesome.
Griffins will rule the world. :XD:
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UnknownShe-Wolf Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
nice griffon! i love it!
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Xcrossfire753 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
very nice
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