Playing around with more anime–might follow up the dragon girl with another anthro-mythical type, in this case, a manticore. I remember when I was a kid, I had this book, Encyclopedia of Legendary Creatures (mentioned in Irrational Fears) which had the most spectacular illustration of a manticore by Victor Ambrus. But like gorgons, basilisks and chimeras–the original kind, with the goat and the lion and the snake thingy, not the random combination of peculiar species, which, while chimerical, isn’t quite the same as the multi-headed classic–manticores are dreadfully obscure beasties. Back when I was writing some of the worst prose ever hammered out by a pre-teen, I had an entire saga featuring manticores, but believe me, we’re all glad it’s lost to mankind forever and that I graduated onto bigger and better things. Like…err…chupacabras. Um. Right.
Anyway, I was doodling in Painter and that’s what I came up with. I’m getting wrist twitchies, so while I’ve increased the pressure sensitivity of the stylus, (I tend to drive it viciously into the tablet) I think this chick may have to stay in sketch form for at least another day or two so that I don’t lose a few days to a bout of tendonitis. Although for all I know, it’s all the damn clicking I do playing “Rins of Myth Drannor,” or typing long and furious rants about how fig wasps prove that any divinity designing life on earth approves of infanticide, incest, and family planning. (Don’t ask. Trent Lott would not approve of the fig wasp.)
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