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I totally blame *windfalcon and her gorgeous gryphon artworks for this. Was inspired by this ([link]) wallpaper photo of a cheetah while hunting for a cool animal combination for a gryphon, so thought I'd use that layout, and swiped a little of it's background for this as the colours are just gorgeous.

A secretary bird and cheetah combo, I had to give her a name when she was done, cause she just looked like fun. Named for the shape she'd undoubtedly make while swooping in on prey. Picked this combo as my other half is South African and it's an awesome reminder of the time I spent in his country of birth this christmas gone by.

Photoshop and a cintiq, somewhere around 4 hours of work I think. Use download button for a 1900 x 1200 size version.
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:iconjademacalla:
jademacalla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
How did I miss this!?
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DarkWisp88 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW! this looks rather amazing i must say, you are amazingly talented and probably spent so much time working on your art to get to where you are today in it! :iconletmehugyouplz: 
i am so jealous right now XDDDDDD and this creature i love it~
and just after reading some comments
the first thing i noticed about this was actually the ears XD i actually love it with ears! im not sure why, but it kind of ties in the two different animals into one better, like they arent just cut straight in half but kind of mixed in, which i really like so..... A+++! :iconpapcryplz:
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asimbonanga Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Ohh, I love secretary birds. And cheetahs. You've combined them elegantly.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And thank you! They're definitely both awesome animals!
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:iconfluffytheartist:
Fluffytheartist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cute, and a little bit sadistic with his food hanging out, lol. Very nice composition!
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Kanis-Major Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012   General Artist
Like what ~SkarmoryThePG said, the ears don't seem to fit.
I think if you want to give her ears, probably make them long and pointy like the crest feathers. I know the back half's a cheater but she'll probably look better if the ears are pointy rather than round.
Everything else I like very much, particularly the cheater marking along her eye.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :) yeah if I get chance I'll probably either go tweak the ears to be more pointy or more likely take them out altogether.
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Mm. I do love this piece. Not fond of the ears, but love the overall feel.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You know, I was never fond of the ears either, but wasn't sure if she'd technically still be a gryphon without them? I should probably have left them out :)
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SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
This might be HoMM3 speaking but I never really saw my gryphons with ears. They just seem... somewhat out of place on an otherwise avian head, you know?
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DombiHugi Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a nice concept to use a cheetah for gryphon base, I like it.:)
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Rita-Ria Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
AWWW - I just love it!
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
woot beautiful design!
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Shiwolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She is absolutely beautiful. Great work!
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Moonstripe-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
Ooh, it's so pretty! Great job! :)
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Moonstripe-The-Wolf Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Student Filmographer
no prob~
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comixqueen Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is just so gorgeous! *_*
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Raineko-chi Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely awesome. <3
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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LostGryphin Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful - I love the coloring and the pose - and I love the jewerly - nicely done!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Very much inspired by the original wallpaper I linked, glad you like it
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RoxyCloud Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome idea and work :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Esevans Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   General Artist
Wonderful gryphon. Bet it is fast in the air as well as on land. Outstanding! :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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RobertCopu Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love this!! The skinnier design, and beautiful face colours. Great work!
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Lacrimiya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
OH GOD! A secretary bird-gryphon! My fav bird! :D
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay.. they're awesome birds!
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:iconlacrimiya:
Lacrimiya Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
Absolutely! Their heads are like I imagine a phoenix's head to be, and those long, elegant legs! Plus, they eat snakes.. that's pretty awesome :D
Lovely creation! x3
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:iconcdrice:
CDrice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!!!
I love the mix of the secretary bird and cheetah. It gives an original and elegant looking gryphon.

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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah you don't tend to see many 'skinny' gryphons for want of a better word, thanks for the kind words!
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CDrice Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! Keep up the good work :)
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
wonderful!!!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
you're welcome!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
:D very cool :nod:
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers m'dear!
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012
;) my pleasure Sam... cheers! :beer:
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Innovative! And absolutely GORGEOUS. What I wouldn't give to see her in flight!
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe I suspect she'd be pretty nifty looking in flight... though I do wonder how graceful she'd look running..
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AnajiNeff Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Student General Artist
Oooo, now there's an idea ^^.
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GriffinPyros Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Oh, love that griffin. Looks amazing. [link]
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Secretary bird! :D So gorgeous - I got that beautiful coloration in the face just right. I also love how you incorporated the cheetah eye-stripe. I know what my new laptop wallpaper is :3
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Zephyri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Secretary birds are brilliant.. they look so gangly, and damn those eyelashes O.o Yay for mutual inspirations!
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keight Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Gorgeous work, Sam. This is a lovely combination.
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