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June 9, 2012
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Arrow by Zephyri Arrow by Zephyri
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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jademacalla Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
How did I miss this!?
DarkWisp88 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Student Traditional 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:
asimbonanga Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
Ohh, I love secretary birds. And cheetahs. You've combined them elegantly.
Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
And thank you! They're definitely both awesome animals!
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!
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.
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.
SkarmoryThePG Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
Mm. I do love this piece. Not fond of the ears, but love the overall feel.
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 :)
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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