(( Been awhile since Wild’s tangled with the law, so here he is having a good ol’ fashioned standoff with Nathariel of Princess Luna’s Night Vanguard! ))
(( Dunno if you guys know of the NightVanguard tumblr, but the owner is an extremely talented artist and storyteller who needs more attention. Their artwork and characters are beautifully crafted and illustrated. I’ve been an admirer of their work since they started: you should be too! ))
I’m doing lines for a project KingSparta, aka DeltaBrony is putting together, and as payment he did a really awesome battle theme for Wild Card! I love this guy’s remixes, and it was really cool of him to do this for me. You can check out his Youtube here. Thanks again, bro!
My research turns toward the north horizons of the Known World, beyond Equestria frontiere.
The great Griffus is, from our knowledge, one of the oldest and most successful civilzation. Built in the War for Midgard, which last for millenias, way long before Equestria gets discovered. Griffin emerged victorious and claimed the norse lands as theirs.
From those ancient times, we’re told that griffin linked themselves to a legendary creature known as Fenrir, the Great wolf. He is ever since their emblem and symbolize their strength.
[Picture 1] A griffon is depicted as a multimorphologic being, they possess a felin lower body, and their upper is generaly the one of a bird of prey. Some think that hippogriffs and griffin are long lost cousins. Note that even if the lower body is cat like, they actualy lay eggs.
Griffin are hunters and fishers by nature and by necessity. Their cat body can’t sustain nor grow properly without essential elements found in meat.
From their heritage, three creatures are representative of the empire : The Wolf represents strength, the Lion inspires courage and the Eagle is associate to knowledge and cleverness.
[Picture 2] The actual Emperor of Griffus is named Or'Odrynn the 3rd, his reign started almost three thousand years ago. He personaly assisted princess Luna and Celestia during the last moments of the War of Discord to overthrow the Lord of chaos.
To give an idea of his stature, from my commanding officer witness, he’s by far taller than princess Celestia.
The Emperor is designated as the avatar of Fenrir, as such he disposes of tremendous mistycal powers to guide his people through this world. As long as an offspring don’t see the day, like Alicorns, the life span of an avatar is indefinite.
[Picture 3] Our half-cat, half-bird friends possess a lot of different features in colors and forms, but there is also some similarities.
The first family is the most common : Eaglegriffin. They usualy have an athletic body and are oftenly related to strength.
Then we have Hawkgriffin. they can be recognized easily by their complet lack of fluff from their feathering. They’re agile by nature, compared to the average. I’m going to make some ponies grumpy by this statement, but until today, hawkgriffin own the highest flying top speed records ever registered.
The last and rarest are Owlgriffin. They have the most peculiar body which make them easy to spot. They possess large ears and deep black eyes, their plumage is more dense and most of all, their talons are composed differently, 2 front fingers istead of 3, and 2 thumbs. Through the ages, owls were oftenly refered as wise advisors and knowledge keepers. Oh and yeah, they can rotate their head 270 degrees … creepy !
[Picture 4] Our last point concerns the military composition of Griffus.
You have to know that griffin are at ease on two and four legs. The most common guards that you will notice across the country are (1)Skywards, dexterous spear or sword users, their basic equipment also count a crossbow.
(2)Squalls are the templars of the Empire, heavy armored and weaponized, their trainning is way more instense than casual guards. Their duty consists to protect the Emperor and complet complicated missions from his personal call.
Finally, (3)Stormcallers are the magical cast of the army, even if unicorns are born with an inner talent for magic, other races know how to master it. Even if this gift is rare amongst griffin, close links to the wind elements have made those wizards masters in controlling the sky, which on the contrary to our, is wild by nature.
Late birthday gift for Keilink of the Night Vanguard Ask Blog.
I’m really happy with how this turned out. For this image, I interpreted magic looking differently than what is appeared as others. For examples, when you see an object levitated, the entire object would be glowing. How the magic would actually interact with the object is that it’s like a long thread wrapped around the object.
For Eos, since the body is under the influence of an animation spell, I thought that the magic would take the form of an animal. Eos had two tail-like streams that, to me, reminded me of a kitsune, so I gave the magic the form of a fox. The bottom version of the image omits the magic form in case it is more preferable.
Also, the script on the tome is ‘Morning Run’ written in Otherscript.
Those are basic references about how I construct anthro ponies, I would suggest to study human proportions in a first place to understand how the body, bones and muscles, moves.
The specific parts here are mostly the head and legs. Wings are classic from a bird point of view. The leg pattern I’m using is usualy a mindf*ck when it comes to make a character take certain poses, so artists usualy avoid it. Personally I love it too much, I’ve been drawing Draeneis since a long time so it doesnt bother me anymore. It’s sad when someone makes classic legs when the excitement of drawing an anthro should be to point out the differences with a human body.
I’ll show different level of anthropy(?) in the next update ~