“You’re Aurum… not because your feathers are gold. Because you bring brightness wherever you go. A golden ray of light, more valuable than any metal.”
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Aurum is a very playful and sweet-natured young gryphon, just slightly bigger than the average housecat and twice as soft and squishy! He’s just a constant source of positive vibes and I like to think he has Catbug’s voice to complete his childish personality.
His design takes after the American goldfinch (Spinus tristis)! He’s an old character; I hardly did anything with him and he used to be a generic golden eagle/lion sort of gryphon for years until I recently decided to put the knowledge of mashing any feline and avian together for a creative fusion into actual practice. Needless to say, but I enjoy designing gryphons and I want to revamp more of my catbird critters!
Empyrisan riding and taming a seahorse-deer? beast! First lineart done for 2015! One of those illustrations where I tackle it without any real planning (thumbnail sketching), save for doing a quick gesture sketch I did when the idea popped up in my head.
Inspired by seahorse skeletons and cervine muscle anatomy. You guys can have this while I figure out the lighting and colors.