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Winged Elegance - A Cheetah Gryphon by lapis-lazuri Winged Elegance - A Cheetah Gryphon by lapis-lazuri
This is for the International Cheetah Day Challenge.

Yeah, not exactly a cheetah. But a fantasy cousin of cheetahs. I hope they don't remain in only our fantasy and memories. It would really be a shame, and such a pity....
It depends on us and us alone.

Important links:
International Cheetah Day! Journal here on dA
Cheetah Conservation Fund - I strongly recommend you visit this site, there is a lot of information there which needs to be read and popularized.


I was still in my little cheetah period when I started this. I had lots of fun while working on the body structure and color patterns. Tried to combine different elements based on the cheetah coat, and it kinda worked. I like how it turned out, and I think it would also look good in color. So yes, I'm satisfied. So, here it is - a cheetah gryphon! I wish I had only come up with a proper name for it. I'd accept suggestions!


HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, 8B on A4.
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drosera-sundews Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh it looks awesome :D Very lovely design ^^
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfaustshikari:
FaustShikari Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaaaa!!Griffon!
For serious.THAT LOOKS GREAT!Really, composition is beautiful!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist

Thank you! :)

I might wanna do some more gryphons some time soon, you're right they're gorgeous and I haven't drawn one for a while now.

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:iconfaustshikari:
FaustShikari Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:D Now you see, that sounds awesome!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
:dance:
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:icondarkmoonx-1yb:
DarkmoonX-1Yb Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...the wings O.O

Can you give me some tips how to make a sketch of the wings? It is my weakest point in drawing birds/gryphons...
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, I can try.

First of all, you have to know their anatomy. The bone structure is fairly simple (and similar to a mammal arm). Keep in mind that every feather has to attach to that arm, even the big ones - like this: [link] Then the shape of the feathers. They vary between birds but the general scheme is similar in all: [link] Note that they are different in size and form because they have different functions.

Drawing wings at some particular angle is the more complicated part. Start from the arm, solely, mark its position. Then try to picture the entire wing as a flat structure extending from the arm. The feathers come last - try drawing a simple scheme first, like this: [link] Then add the individual feathers. This way feathers of similar function will be uniform in size and shape.

Another thing that helps me a lot: study art from more experienced artists that draw wings. Here are a few of my favorites, to begin with: :iconnambroth: :iconwindfalcon: :iconharpyja: :iconsilvermoonnw: :icondarknatasha:

Hope that helps :)
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DarkmoonX-1Yb Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY MUCH THANKS :D
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
;)
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silverybeast Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   General Artist
Nice work! I love the head, wonderfully designed. And great anatomy :)
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :) Actually now I wish I had drawn it bigger so that those details would look clearer. Next time!
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silverybeast Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   General Artist
You're welcome!
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Fantastic perspective on the wings and I love the pattern of ears and feathers on its head. Lovely work on the shoulder joint (it's a hard joint to portray!) but I am just floored by the wing perspective.
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thank you! Very kind words, I'm glad you like it so much :hug:
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SilverGryphon8 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
You did an amazing job :D
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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Jaypearl Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
Wow, stunning!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot!
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow great integration of all the parts O_O And the angle of the wings is incredible.
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!
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RabeaUmbra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This reminds me of an old doodle of mine, except this is 100x more awesome!
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Glad you like it then :)
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GladiusIlluminatus Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
oh my gosh this is awesome
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:iconlapis-lazuri:
lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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