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Satinette Pigeon Harpy

Satinette Pigeon Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Satinette Pigeons, and pigeons in general have a habit of puffing out their chests, which is where the concept for this beefy, bodybuilder harpy comes from. His beard is actually a satinette's unique fantail and his long sweat pants are meant to invoke the long feathers found on the feet of satinette pigeons. His face was particularly difficult to keep human like while also staying true to the silhouette of the pigeon, but I believe I ended up with a good result.

Secretary bird Harpy

Secretary bird Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Secretary birds have long legs and interesting plumage that translated very well to a human form.  

Cassowary Harpy

Cassowary Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Cassowaries are large birds notable for their dangerous talons. Their heavy set bodies are echoed in this harpy's shoulder plumage, which also brings to mind fancy fur coats.

Frilled Shark Mermaid

Frilled Shark Mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Frilled sharks can be quite menacing to look at, and while this mermaid's needlike teeth cannot be seen, She still retains the broad muzzle and extended gills that Frilled Sharks have.

Blobfish mermaid

Blobfish mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Blobfish are usually only seen above water, where they have a very distinctive look, but far beneath the water where they live they are far better at holding their shape. Despite that, I wanted the mermaid to retain some of the goofy splendor of the blobfish above water.

Seaworm Mermaid

Seaworm Mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

This mermaid is based off of a polychaete sea worm. Deep sea creatures like worms provide a great, unique perspective when designing mermaids.

Chimera Werecat Human Shift

Chimera Werecat Human Shift

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

I wanted to expand the rules of what makes a werecat, to make something really different. Chimeras are three parts,  but classically the lion part is the main body. For this specifically I wanted to focus on the fully human form, and hint at his mythical connections, with the ram leather jacket, ram horn earring and snake tattoo. Since the lion is his strongest part, his visual connections relate to his body rather than accessories..

Chimera Werecat Half Shift

Chimera Werecat Half Shift

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Part of my experimentation with a Chimera Werecat. My main focus was how the goat grows out of his back. In human form he has extra shoulder bones where the goat grows out of.

Lady Amherst Harpy

Lady Amherst Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

The elegant feathers on a lady amherst pheasant is only found on males, but gender roles apply differently to humans and I wanted to reflect that in this hybrid of human and bird. The idea occurred as a way of experimenting with facial hair (of which I have some experience) with the black and silver feathers translating easily into a mutton chop like beard.

Man o War mermaid

Man o War mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Man o wars are stunning in their colours and shapes, reminiscent of an elaborate gown. As a result, this mermaid looks more like an alien centaur, floating in the ocean like her animal counterpart.

Turkey Harpy

Turkey Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

originally made for Thanksgiving. Her elegant dress comes from female turkeys. One of my favourite parts when designing harpies is how their bird wings can be translated onto their human form.

Bhavya the Tiger Werecat

Bhavya the Tiger Werecat

Done in a painted style in Manga Studio using Frenden's Painterly brushes.

I wanted to design a graceful, heavyset character, and a tiger fit well for that design.

Kaiju Raptor

Kaiju Raptor

This harpy is modelled after Godzilla, with her wings making her resemble a dinosaur more than a killer lizard. I attempted to preserve Godzilla's unique facial shape and her dress has visual cues to the monster, including a neon blue tinted veil to evoke godzilla's glowing spine.

Satinette Pigeon Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Satinette Pigeons, and pigeons in general have a habit of puffing out their chests, which is where the concept for this beefy, bodybuilder harpy comes from. His beard is actually a satinette's unique fantail and his long sweat pants are meant to invoke the long feathers found on the feet of satinette pigeons. His face was particularly difficult to keep human like while also staying true to the silhouette of the pigeon, but I believe I ended up with a good result.

Secretary bird Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Secretary birds have long legs and interesting plumage that translated very well to a human form.  

Cassowary Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Cassowaries are large birds notable for their dangerous talons. Their heavy set bodies are echoed in this harpy's shoulder plumage, which also brings to mind fancy fur coats.

Frilled Shark Mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Frilled sharks can be quite menacing to look at, and while this mermaid's needlike teeth cannot be seen, She still retains the broad muzzle and extended gills that Frilled Sharks have.

Blobfish mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Blobfish are usually only seen above water, where they have a very distinctive look, but far beneath the water where they live they are far better at holding their shape. Despite that, I wanted the mermaid to retain some of the goofy splendor of the blobfish above water.

Seaworm Mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

This mermaid is based off of a polychaete sea worm. Deep sea creatures like worms provide a great, unique perspective when designing mermaids.

Chimera Werecat Human Shift

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

I wanted to expand the rules of what makes a werecat, to make something really different. Chimeras are three parts,  but classically the lion part is the main body. For this specifically I wanted to focus on the fully human form, and hint at his mythical connections, with the ram leather jacket, ram horn earring and snake tattoo. Since the lion is his strongest part, his visual connections relate to his body rather than accessories..

Chimera Werecat Half Shift

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Part of my experimentation with a Chimera Werecat. My main focus was how the goat grows out of his back. In human form he has extra shoulder bones where the goat grows out of.

Lady Amherst Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

The elegant feathers on a lady amherst pheasant is only found on males, but gender roles apply differently to humans and I wanted to reflect that in this hybrid of human and bird. The idea occurred as a way of experimenting with facial hair (of which I have some experience) with the black and silver feathers translating easily into a mutton chop like beard.

Man o War mermaid

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

Man o wars are stunning in their colours and shapes, reminiscent of an elaborate gown. As a result, this mermaid looks more like an alien centaur, floating in the ocean like her animal counterpart.

Turkey Harpy

Made in Manga Studio 5 using Frenden's Water Colour brush set

originally made for Thanksgiving. Her elegant dress comes from female turkeys. One of my favourite parts when designing harpies is how their bird wings can be translated onto their human form.

Bhavya the Tiger Werecat

Done in a painted style in Manga Studio using Frenden's Painterly brushes.

I wanted to design a graceful, heavyset character, and a tiger fit well for that design.

Kaiju Raptor

This harpy is modelled after Godzilla, with her wings making her resemble a dinosaur more than a killer lizard. I attempted to preserve Godzilla's unique facial shape and her dress has visual cues to the monster, including a neon blue tinted veil to evoke godzilla's glowing spine.

Satinette Pigeon Harpy
Secretary bird Harpy
Cassowary Harpy
Frilled Shark Mermaid
Blobfish mermaid
Seaworm Mermaid
Chimera Werecat Human Shift
Chimera Werecat Half Shift
Lady Amherst Harpy
Man o War mermaid
Turkey Harpy
Bhavya the Tiger Werecat
Kaiju Raptor