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.