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PostSubject: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Jun 23, 2016 11:09 pm

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After having created a topic about my drawings of favorite actors, I thought I could open another ones about my depictions of mythological creatures around the world. I am starting with two of them.

The first one is an Eloko (in plural, we call them Biloko). Biloko are one-meter tall humanoids who are from the folklore of Congo, Africa. They have extra large snouts with a stretchable mouth that can swallow a person. Grass grows on their head (and body) as hair and their nails are sharp claws. They always carry a little bell attached to one of their wrists. Biloko are malevolant beings. They are meat eaters and they particularily love human flesh. They have a voice like a crying child, which is a dangerous trap, because when we hear them, we can swear a child is in danger and that is when it is dangerous to let enter an Eloko into our home.

The second one is a Xuangui. The Xuangui is chinese. It is a turtle that lives in the Strange river, in the mountains. It has a very long body and, curiously, have a flexible shell that allows the animal's body to twist, so it is a lot swifter than any other chelonian. It is not malevolant, but it rather fears humans. Xuangui turtles are magical beings. Wearing a piece of the creature on a belt heals earing problems and calluses.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jun 24, 2016 1:49 pm

Oh I just love mythological creatures I love you It's so interesting to hear about them from all around the world. These are wonderful drawings, well done! That Eloko looks a bit scary, but don't worry, you've drawn it great! I'm looking forward to see more of your mythological creature drawings Smile

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:30 pm

I so totally agree with Julie ! Very interesting, and marvellous drawings Applause

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Jun 25, 2016 9:04 pm

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Thank you for your compliments! Here are two more.

The first one is Dip. Dip is from Catalan mythology. He is a Black Dog who is an emissary of the Devil. Dip sucks people's blood. Like other spirits who are associated with demons, Dip is lame on one leg.

The second one is a Whiwin. Whiwins are from the folklore of the Mosquitos, a tribe who lives in Central America. Whiwins are carnivorous horses from the water, with long canines. They mostly live in the sea, but they become dangerous when they come out of the water. On land, they hunt for people to feed on them. When a whiwin captures a person, it goes back to the water to drown its prey before eating it.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jun 28, 2016 1:18 am

Valérie, this is not only representations of your great artistic performance but also very interesting of reading, that first creature from the African folklore is quite interesting to me and sometimes it is funny to try to find the reason why these creatures are part of the immagination of that people. Interesting also the dog creature, something close from Portugal but I confess it is unknown for me. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:14 pm

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Thank you all for your compliments! To answer your question about the Eloko, Roger, I don't know what to tell you. We could answewr it with another qestion: why do werewolves are part of occidental people's imagination?

But let me introduce you to two more mythological creatures.

The first one is an Ugjuknarpak. It is from the folklore of the Inuit. Ugjuknarpaks are giant carnivorous rodents with a thick skin and a prehensile tail. Usually living in the sea (while, being rodents, I presume they can come on land; this is why I Drew my own on land), they throw kayaks in the air to drown their human prey afterwards, holding it with their tail, before eating it. They can therefore use their tail to simply strangle the prey like a snake.

The second one is a Quinotaur. Quinotaurs are occidental, as the animal is mentioned in the 7th Century "Frankish Chronicle Of Fredegar". Quinotaurs are half bull, half fish, with five horns. It is said that the five horns of the Quinotaur actually symbolizes the tips of Neptune's trident, as well as the two horns of the white bull that was supposed to be sacrificed to the ocean god.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 05, 2016 2:10 am

That's a good question Valerie! Very Happy I am sure that there is always something behind these creatures, not only official narratives but mostly popular beliefes. I am sure someone already studied them but it is always interesting to know. Very Happy Again your works are impressive and I am always learning with you, I had no idea that Aquatic rodents with constritor tails existed in this fantastic world. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:46 am

I am really loving this topic! Very Happy Great drawings and information!
Moorreeeee Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:07 am

Your drawings are very cool ! :) I love the Ugjuknarpak sunny sunny

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:28 pm

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Thank you for your interest! Here are two more.

The first one is an Ovinnik. Ovinniks are from Slavik folklore. They are malevolent spirits of threshing houses, as they can cause trouble by setting fire to the grain. When we suspect an Ovinnik is haunting the threshing house, it is useful to placate him by offering him bliny (a kind of thin russian pancake). On New Year's Eve, the touch of an Ovinnik determines the fortune of a household. A warm touch from the Ovinnik means good luck, while a cold touch means unhappiness.

The second one is a Rompo. Rompos are found in the mythologies of India and Africa. Those animals have the head of a hare with human ears, the front arms of a badger and the back legs of a bear. They are quite dangerous as they feed on human corpses. They can be recognized by their habit of crooning softly as they eat.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:57 pm

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And here are two more.

The first one is a K'nei. The K'nei, which is also called "Kui", is from the chinese and japan mythology. This animal has the apparence of a sheep, but it stands on only one foot, with which it moves by hopping. The K'nei is of bad omen. Its appearance announces violent storms with huge winds and lightnings.

The second one is a Jerff. "Jerff" actually is a synonym of the Gulon. Gulons originate from scandinavian mythology. Those large and shaggy animals have a similar head to the cat's, with bear paws and a fox tail. The Jerff, or Gulon, is well known for its appetite. It eats so musch, it has the habit of pressing its stomach between two trees after each meal to help its own digestion. When its intestine has emptied, it goes for another glutonous meal and starts all over again.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:32 am

Very interesting again, the 2nd is clearly a wolverine based creature. Gulo gulo is the scientific name of the wolverine and that creature is a Gulon. Also the mix between a bear, a cat and a fox in Scandinavia region only can be a wolverine. Very Happy
In my country there is a funny legendary animal that people call gambozino, nobody knows the origin of that word neither how it looks. The sentence he is hunting gambozinos, means that a person is apparently searching something but in fact that person is not doing anything,, just lost without knowing what to do. Hard to explain in a foreign language.

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Jul 07, 2016 9:54 pm

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Very interesting again, the 2nd is clearly a wolverine based creature. Gulo gulo is the scientific name of the wolverine and that creature is a Gulon. Also the mix between a bear, a cat and a fox in Scandinavia region only can be a wolverine. Very Happy
In my country there is a funny legendary animal that people call gambozino, nobody knows the origin of that word neither how it looks. The sentence he is hunting gambozinos, means that a person is apparently searching something but in fact that person is not doing anything,, just lost without knowing what to do. Hard to explain in a foreign language.

Many mythological creatures actually originates from real things; the link between the Gulon and the Wolverine is obvious as well as predictable. Chinese dragons actually take their origin in Mamenchisaurus fossils and griffins are déformations of Protoceratops fossils. But others take their origins in psychology.

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But let's talk about two other mythical beings.

The first one is a Jokao. Jokaos are part of the Iroquois amerindian tribe. Jokaos were humans once. However, critical situations brought them to eat human flesh. As a result, they lost their humanity and became monsters: their skin covered itself with stone scails, their teeth became pointy and they lost 99% of their memories, now trapped in their constant urge of searching human preys to eat. There is only one thing we can do to make a Jokao become human again: it is to trick them with the meat of any animal but human. But it is extremely dangerous, as you can become the prey of the Jokao.

The second one is a Qalupalik. Qalupaliks are from Inuit mythology. They are humanoid fishes with a green scaly skin and long black hair. In the day, they live in the water, but they come out in the evening, carrying a bag on their back, searching for human children preys to capture and bring into their underwater homes to eat. This is why it is so dangerous for an Inook kid to stay outside at night; Qalupaliks are on the search for fresh human meat all night...
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 12, 2016 10:18 pm

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Jul 13, 2016 12:40 am

Maybe you're scaring everyone with these creatures! Laughing
I won't surely want that fish with black hair as a fiance. Wink Whatever is the thing you show, we can often see "your" stars and moons, there's an artistic language transversal to all your works. About the creatures featured, I tend to be more interested in less antropomorphic ones, though, I love to read about them. Also, I am sure other members are reading and enjoying your posts. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:39 am

This is an interesting topic !!! Most of them I never heard of !!! affraid

I don't know how I missed the last ones, but I surely enjoy them now cheers

You drawings are fantastic !!! You have a wonderful gift for drawing ( and the fantasy that makes the drawings extra extraordinary Applause Applause

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Jul 13, 2016 8:45 am

Funny about the "Jerff".
The name of a wolverine is "Jærv" in Danish "Järv" in Sweedish, "Jerv" in Norwegian , in German Vielfraß, in French Glouton, so this creature is clearly a superstition about the wolverine Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:14 pm

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OK, here are two more. Hope they capture your interest.
The first one isw a Jaculus. The Jaculus is part of the European Medieval Bestiary. It is actually a small dragon. It looks like a little snake, but it has bat wings and bird talons. It lives in trees and springs out on its victims. The Jaculus doesn't have venom, but the speed of its attacks is so extreme it causes serious wounds.

The second one is a Zuzi. The Zuzi is from Antique Chinese Bestiary. Zuzis live in the mountain "where the vines are matted". Zuzis take their name from their call: they cry out their own name. A Zuzi walks on hooves, has the face of a rabbit with small ears, and a horse's mane, the body of a monkey and the tail of an ox.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jul 15, 2016 1:29 am

Quite unexpectable the Chinese beast, that's surely not the most scary creature. I like the European, I've never heard that name before, I have to check if it has another name in my language. Again your works are beautiful and very interesting. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jul 15, 2016 10:49 pm

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I will continue then.

Here, the first one is a Puckwudgie. Puckwudgies are troll-like beings from the folklore of the Wampanoag Amerindian tribe. Puckwudgies are small and they have purkupine darts on their head and back. They have a grey skin, a big nose, big ears, big fingers and big feet. They use poisoned arrows and are able to use magic. They used to be friendly to humans, but since they have been betrayed by people, they tend to be mischievous to us.

The second one is a Kelpie. Kelpies are malevolent horses from Scottish and Irish mythology. White or grey in coat color, kelpies wait for tired travellers on road sides to come by. When a traveller finds a kelpie, he/she may think the horse being helpful. But once on its back, the traveller remains suck on it, while the Kelpie runs towards the nearest swamp, where its human prey is drowned and eaten by the demonic horse. After each meal of this sort, the Kelpie returns to the road side... to wait for its next victim.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sun Jul 17, 2016 1:41 am

Well, I wished you had more comments in your dedicated and very artistic thread. Your works are fabulous but Internet is full of kelpies and sometimes people get lost somewhere. Sad That horse beast is something truly fabulous. You may feel that you're writting and posting exclusively for me what I surely don't deserve but, I believe that there are some silent observers enjoying your work. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sun Jul 17, 2016 7:56 pm

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Well, I wished you had more comments in your dedicated and very artistic thread. Your works are fabulous but Internet is full of kelpies and sometimes people get lost somewhere. Sad That horse beast is something truly fabulous. You may feel that you're writting and posting exclusively for me what I surely don't deserve but, I believe that there are some silent observers enjoying your work. Very Happy

What do you mean by that? What do you exactly think I should do?

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Anyway, here are two more.
The first one is a Nimerigar. Nimerigars are from the legends of the Shoshone, a Amerindian tribe living in the Rocky Mountains. Nimerigars are little humanoids that are the size of little children. They are rather aggressive to people and use poisoned arrows.

The second one is an Ershu. Ershus are from the Ancient Chinese Bestiary, just like the Zuzi. And like the Zuzi, it lives in mountains. Ershus have the head of a rabbitt with small roundish ears, a spotted furred body and a long rat's tail. The tail of the Ershu is so swift, it allows the animal to practically fly.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 19, 2016 2:25 am

I mean that you are a super talented person and intellectually interesting. These works you're showing are an obvious proof of that. I wished you could receive a feedback that could give justice to the beautiful thread you opened.
What you do is your personal choice. If you enjoy posting your mythological creatures, much better, I'll surely enjoy it. If you think it doesn't worth the effort, I surely understand. Do what gives you joy. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:56 pm

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I mean that you are a super talented person and intellectually interesting. These works you're showing are an obvious proof of that. I wished you could receive a feedback that could give justice to the beautiful thread you opened.
What you do is your personal choice. If you enjoy posting your mythological creatures, much better, I'll surely enjoy it. If you think it doesn't worth the effort, I surely understand. Do what gives you joy. Very Happy

The fact that I do not receive much feedback for my work is something I suffer a lot from.Crying or Very sad  Not just here, I mean, but in all my overall life.

For instance, I wrote and drew a humoristic series of about twenty stories called "Tiny Tannik and Friends" ("Petite Annik et ses Amis", in french), where the English ocean liners of 1910's are personnified (Titanic, Lusitania and company with eyes and self-consciousness). My ships are all gentle, but they meet issues because of their lack of maturity. Jo Lympik (Jeu Olympik, in french), for instance, is the most playful and fun-loving liner of the group, but she is so dumb her crew lives in fear for her next catastrophic "brilliant idea". Tiny Tannik is the leader of the group since her accident with the iceberg, because she now uses her huge size and her experience to protect the others; this doesn't keep her from getting carried away, unfortunately.
Unfortunately, publishers are not interested here because all they say "it is not representative of the culture of Québec". In other words, all they want to publish are stories about our pioneer ancestors (I know what I'm talking about).  It is very frustrating.
I also wrote a whole book (not published, obviously) where I talk in favor of astrology. You see, when I was a teenager (and after), all my crushes curiously turned towards natives of the sign of Scorpio. Look at my drawings of my favorite actors and musicians: Burt Lancaster, Jack Elam, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Rock Hudson, Matthias Jabs, Alec John Such... Scorpios all the way. And it's been like that since 1988. So, I wrote a document about it where not only I tell my personal experience, but also explore the subject in many aspects: astrologies of cultures worldwide (which all turn to be the same, not so surprisingly), traditional arguments against astrology (which finally are relatively easy to contradict, by the way), even how to make the difference between a good astrologer and a phony one (yes, because bad astrologers give the discipline a bad name). The book has a little more than 300 pages. But once again, no readers...

All of it to tell you that yes, I have the feeling of being a dodo among rock doves...
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Jul 21, 2016 10:34 pm

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Anyway, I will continue with my depictions of mythological creatures here.

The first one is a Tikbalang. Tikbalangs are from the folklore of the Philippines. They look like anthropomorphic horses. It is told that they are the souls of aborted babies. They roam in forests, looking for revenge for having been abandonned. They lure travellers, making them walk in circles in the wilderness.

The second one is a Vis. Vis's are from the folklore of the Lakalai people, in Melanesia. Vis's are a sort of vampires. They are humanoid, but they fly with large wings and have talons on their feet. Their body glows like a star. They fly at night, looking for human preys. When a Vis finds one, it plunges on it, it blinds him/her with its talons. Being blinded and crazy with pain, the prey is now easy to kill and eat. Then, the Vis goes home... to look for another prey the next night.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jul 22, 2016 1:04 am

Petite Annik name is already itself a kind of satiric name once you're playing a paradox between Petite and Titanic and you use both words in a clever way for your character. Brilliant! cheers
I suspect it is very interesting and that we can learn about these Ocean liners and the International conjuncture of the first years of XX century in a very funny way.
I am not too much into Astrology, I confess! Maybe that's because of the phony ones, recently in a Portuguese tv program, a supposed astrologer, recomended to a lady, victim of domestic violence for 20 years, to keep obbeying to the agressor because his actions were her fault. That's incredibly shocking! Shocked I know not all astrologers are like that and the discussion around Astrology is probably not recomendable here. culturally, I find it an interesting phenomenon but that's all.
Our world is far from fair, I think that all the work I developed during these last 15 years, a very relevant social work, should result in something better than turning me in a unemployed man. But life is not always fair in the way we expect. Though, I think we shouldn't regret or feel wronged. Sometimes little things worth much more than a wide recognition or a finantial tribute.
You should feel very proud of your talent even you think you don't have the deserved feedback from others in your life.
Thanks once more for sharing these wonderful creatures under your personal interpretation and for sharing all your research about them with us. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jul 22, 2016 11:27 am

Amazing drawings !!!
I started from the top again, and realize that I missed several of them. Sometimes my connection is too slow.
So if I see no pictures, I think there is no news.

It is very interesting that people all over the world have thought there were such strange creatures - mostly luring in the night study

Superstition about stillborne babies is also worldwide.
In the middle ages, midwives had the authority to babtize weak babies even during birth, so they could be buried in sacred ground.
Some places the family buried un-babtized babies right next to the outer wall or under the floor.
Then the dead babies would bring happiness to the family, and sometimes you could see young siblings playing together with them - invisible friends ! Shocked

This is a very interesting topic, and your drawings are wonderful Applause

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:15 pm

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Petite Annik name is already itself a kind of satiric name once you're playing a paradox between Petite and Titanic and you use both words in a clever way for your character. Brilliant! cheers
I suspect it is very interesting and that we can learn about these Ocean liners and the International conjuncture of the first years of XX century in a very funny way.
I am not too much into Astrology, I confess! Maybe that's because of the phony ones, recently in a Portuguese tv program, a supposed astrologer, recomended to a lady, victim of domestic violence for 20 years, to keep obbeying to the agressor because his actions were her fault. That's incredibly shocking! Shocked I know not all astrologers are like that and the discussion around Astrology is probably not recomendable here. culturally, I find it an interesting phenomenon but that's all.
Our world is far from fair, I think that all the work I developed during these last 15 years, a very relevant social work, should result in something better than turning me in a unemployed man. But life is not always fair in the way we expect. Though, I think we shouldn't regret or feel wronged. Sometimes little things worth much more than a wide recognition or a finantial tribute.
You should feel very proud of your talent even you think you don't have the deserved feedback from others in your life.
Thanks once more for sharing these wonderful creatures under your personal interpretation and for sharing all your research about them with us. Very Happy

I am a feminist and I despise men who are violent towards weaker beings than themselves! An astrologer who claims it's a woman's fault if she is beaten is NOT an astrologer, he is a PHONY. And a phony astrologer is like a phony doctor: they both give their disciplines a bad name and provide easy arguments to those who are against those domains of study.

Petite Annik is "small" in her own way, because she and her liner pals think like 9-year-old children; they understand the world in their own way, and not always the right way. For instance, Petite Annik is convinced that the torpedo that attacked her friend Lucie-Tania was made from a icicle that was broken off an iceberg by the Germans. And Lucie-Tania thinks Petite Annik has been torpedoed by a submarine just like she herself was. They are both absolutely unable to realize that the source of each other's accident was different from their own. As for Aqua-Tania, she was shocked when Nombritannik (the hospital ship and sister of Petite Annik) told her that humans were not created in construction sites like herself, but in their mother's womb. She also thinks humans eat coal, just like ships do. Despite her obvious ignorance, she absolutely dislikes being treatened like a beginner (although she is)...
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Jul 27, 2016 10:09 pm

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Anyway, I am continuing to show you my mythological creatures depictions.

The first one is a Fei. The Fei is from the Ancient Chinese Bestiary. The animal looks like an ox, but its head is white with only one eye. Its tail is very long, hairless and scaly. It lives in the mountains, where it thrives on plants.

The second one is a Negret. Negrets are black little elves from the Catalan mythology. When they touch a candle, they transform into coins.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Mon Aug 01, 2016 12:47 am

The ox seems to have a Chinese pangolin tail. Wink The negret is very interesting, Barcelona was a city of slaves trade and slaves were common there since medieval times. Navigators brought several dark skined people and used them as slaves so maybe it originated based on it.

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Mon Aug 01, 2016 9:00 am

I would certainly get a chock if I met a cow like that affraid

Hmmm....perhaps it would be a good idea to wear a candle when going to Portugal or Spain ?
Or perhaps it would be more fun to know a negret than to have some booring coins ? Laughing

Interesting thought, Roger.
It is amazing how few years ago people had a quite different view on others ....our brain has a place for empathy ( like whales have), but it seems that using one's brain is often too much work Suspect

BW, I LOVE your drawings, and I love this topic. I had no idea that there are so many mythic creatures study cheers

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Aug 03, 2016 9:40 pm

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I'll continue with my mythical animals drawings.

The water serpent you see is a Wakandagi Pezi. This is a water dragon from the legends of the Mohawks and the Omaha Amerindians. The Wakandagi Pezi dwells in the lakes of Missouri. It is a dragon with antlers and hooves. They are rarely seen because they are shy. However, they are aggressive and territorial. They attack canoes by spitting out water bombs that explode. To avoid the damages from these waterballs, it is advised to throw those as far away as possible before they explode into your face... and boat.

The animal that looks like a sphinx is a Yayu. It too is a chinese mountain-dwelling creature. Yayus have the body of a bovine, a horse's tail, horse hooves and a human face. Its coat color is reddish. It is a dangerous carnivorous being and it climbs down the mountain to the valleys to look for human preys. Their bite is venemous, so is their skin. You cannot eat yayu meat because its flesh is poisonous (personal thought: I wonder what would happen if one of these met a manticore...)


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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Aug 03, 2016 10:28 pm

Beautyful drawings of horrible creatures affraid

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Aug 04, 2016 2:16 am

Incredible how human features help turning the creatures even more bizarre. Wasn't it supposed a human to find human features the most natural?
I think a Manticore could easily kill an Iatu once it is not an elephant! Laughing
I really love the deer dragon, mooses and other deer bulls are shy and very territorial. At matting season they're surely more dangerous than dragons. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Aug 04, 2016 10:29 pm

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Incredible how human features help turning the creatures even more bizarre. Wasn't it supposed a human to find human features the most natural?
I think a Manticore could easily kill an Iatu once it is not an elephant! Laughing
I really love the deer dragon, mooses and other deer bulls are shy and very territorial. At matting season they're surely more dangerous than dragons. Wink

The Yayu is as large as a bull. But yes, I imagine a manticore could kill it. However, it will die of food poisoning if it eats it. So, both would perish from such a fight...

I think we humans find human features on creatures because it is our identity that is questionned when the case happens. This is why we think it is so bizarre, in my opinion.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Aug 06, 2016 2:01 am

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Incredible how human features help turning the creatures even more bizarre. Wasn't it supposed a human to find human features the most natural?
I think a Manticore could easily kill an Iatu once it is not an elephant! Laughing
I really love the deer dragon, mooses and other deer bulls are shy and very territorial. At matting season they're surely more dangerous than dragons. Wink

The Yayu is as large as a bull. But yes, I imagine a manticore could kill it. However, it will die of food poisoning if it eats it. So, both would perish from such a fight...

I think we humans find human features on creatures because it is our identity that is questionned when the case happens. This is why we think it is so bizarre, in my opinion.

That's a good observation! Very Happy
Who told you that a manticore would eat the beast? It could kill it easily with its tail. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Aug 06, 2016 9:07 pm

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Manticores are known for eating their preys until there is nothing behind them!

I am continuing with my mythological creatures drawings.

The first one is a Llamhigyn y dwr ("water leaper"). It is from welsh folklore. Water leapers look like large frogs, but they have no legs at all. Instead, they have a set of bat wings which they use for leaping out of water (hencing their name) and a long tail with a stinger at the top. They live in fresh water. They are blamed for snapping fishing lines and feeding themselves in livestocks. They even eat fishermen.

The second one is a Mamlambo. The Mamlambo is a 67 feet long (20 meters) water serpent from Zulu folklore. It has a horse-like head, a snake's neck and short arms. Its skin shines in a green light at night and its lower body is this of a fish. It lives in the Mzintlava river, near Mount Aylif, in South Africa. It is known as the "Brain Sucker", because it has the habit of eating the faces and sucking the brains out of their preys.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:50 pm

EEEEEKKK affraid

Those are truely scary Shocked
I hope it is too cold for them in my little lake pale

Wonderful drawings again cheers

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Aug 06, 2016 10:56 pm

I believe you have a knack for finding unusual creatures from myth and bringing them terrifyingly to life on paper. You will forgive me, I hope, if I request they stay caged thusly, please? :)

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sun Aug 07, 2016 9:54 pm

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I believe you have a knack for finding unusual creatures from myth and bringing them terrifyingly to life on paper. You will forgive me, I hope, if I request they stay caged thusly, please? :)
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They are actually in scrap books I gave to my friends. You see, since 2011, I started to make mythology scrap books to each of my friends; one creature per alphabetical letter. Each friend has 26 mythological creatures described (descriptions actually are a lot longer and more complete in those scrapbooks than here) and pictured (18 color copies from Internet/books pictures, 3 black-and-white copies and 5 drawings I make myself) and each one of them has different creatures in his/her own scrap book. For example, for the letter A, Helen has the Alphyn; Sophie has the Aigicampos, Michel has the Alicanto, Sylvie B. has the Androsphynx, Sylvie L. has the Amarok, Angela has the Al-Mir-Aj and Hyacinth has the Amphisbeana. Unfortunately, it happened a few times when I didn't have enough time for me to scan all my drawings before their birthdays or Christmas came; so, there are drawings I cannot show you because of that. For example, for Michel, I drew Iratzoak (little men who work at night) from Basques folklore, Alicanto (bird with feathers of gold and silver) from Mexican folklore, Harionago (female vampire with barbeled and prehensile hair) from Japan, Rokh (giant bird) and Quetzalcóatl. Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to scan them on the computer before his birthday... Sad

Today, I am making one for Sébastian, a childhood friend, who invited me on last Christmas when he visited his mother. That means I will have five more drawings to show you here when I finish them: among them, the Qinyuan and the Fei Yi. alien Before that, there are two more left in my Photobucket to show you. You will see them during next week or so.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:53 pm

Ohhh! You should make photos/scans of the drawings before giving them away affraid

What an absolutely fabulous gift to give to friends Applause

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:25 pm

Using these magnificent draws in scrap books seems to be a very good idea. I love the green shine of your last creature, if it was real, I'd love to see it for sure! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Aug 31, 2016 8:15 pm

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Here are two more that I made. Both are said to live in chinese mountains.

The first one is a Luwu. Luwus look like tigers, but they have nine tails and their face is human. I made one as a figurine, which is seen in the "Homemade models" thread.

The second one is a Ranyi. Ranyis live in lakes close to the yuan river. They are fishes with six legs, a snake's face and horse ears. It is as long as the height of an adult man. Anyone who had the chance to eat ranyi meat was protected against blindness and malevolent forces.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:45 pm

Uhhh! That Luwu is scary ! Really creepy *shudder*

I wonder how they knew that met of the Ranyi was good against illness ...well, nobody could prove otherwise Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Thu Sep 01, 2016 8:40 pm

Thank you! A self-made figurine of the Luwu can be seen in the "Homemade Models" thread. If you go thgere, you will see I also finished my Zhar-ptitsa.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Sep 03, 2016 2:06 pm

Nice to see your draw version of Luwu but I find the Rany really amazing! Actually, it looks a sensate creature for me, I just have to forget these ears. They seem to represent the transition of a fish to a repltile with extra legs. Really nice draw, showing rany in a beautiful movement and with a lot of friends in the background. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:04 pm

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Here is a drawing I made of the Fei Yi. Fei Yi is part of chinese mythology. Just like Luwu and Ranyi, it lives in the mountains. Seeing a Fei Yi is of bad omen, because it is said that it announces drought.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:54 pm

I admire your way of giving these creatures a feel of motion by the way you draw splashing water and kicked up dust and stones around them.
Your drawings are very dynamic and colourful.
I like them a lot.

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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:22 pm

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Thank you for your compliments!

Here is now my drawing of the Zhujian. Zhujians, like Fei yis, Luwus and many others, are mountain dwellers from chinese mythology. The Zhujian looks like a leopard, but it has a human face with one single eye, ox ears and a tail so long the creature needs to hold it in its mouth to avoid hitting it in the environment.
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PostSubject: Re: My drawings of mythological creatures   Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:20 am

Mountains are unavoidable in Chinese culture. Meaning it literature, religion, mythology or even their admiration for Nature in general. Mountains are the biggest expression of power and life so it is more or less expectable that they also created these Mountain creatures clearly inspired in their fauna. It is a joy to read and watch them in your own artistic expression. Even Canada is highly influenced by Eastern Asian culture once Bering Strait is a bottleneck without cork. Laughing

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