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Greek Sphinx by DragonsLover1 Greek Sphinx by DragonsLover1
. . .Technically a Sphinx isn't part of the 50 Fantasy Creatures Challenge. Which is why I'm not adding it to the list.

Actually I was looking up Mummies and Pharaohs and the like when I inadvertantly found myself in the Greek Sphinx section of wikipedia.

About an hour later and this is done. . .and I'm now in the Naiad section. :XD: Boy I could use some Ridalin. . .

What started this was the fact that, despite Sphinxes having plenty of sculptures and showing up in a lot of paintings, it's never shown in flight.

It's also depicted as having a woman's torso ever so slightly as well; just enough to show some boobage. :O Those poor Greeks. . .

For this, I tried to stick to a Greek painting style in the face and the flow. And God knows Greek paintings f-ing flow.

(c) Moi

Man it was hard figuring out how to categorize this.
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masonday Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
THHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNKS!!!!!!!!!! :giggle:
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this in "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 16 - Sphinx", you can find it here: [link]
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
Oh no shit?! Well hot damn, that just made my day. :D :hug: Thanks a ton. I never thought I'd see my stuff in a gallery like that. :w00t:

Also there's a ton of really great pics selected. You're great at that, methinks. ;)
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks! I do a news article on a different creature every week (or close to it, I sometimes have too many computer problems, like last week -_-)
I work all week, on and off, selecting art from several different categories. I always have a reason for every one that I choose. For example, I chose this one because of her expression. So calm and peaceful, despite the fact that her kind are ruthless killers. I also liked how you took a more Grecian approach, while most people only draw the Egyptian sphinx.
Anyway, sorry for the long comment, it just makes me so happy to know that you got enjoyment from my article ^_^ Keep up the awesome work!
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
So it appears. Right now I don't have time to peruse those articles, but it's definitely on my list. ;)

I don't mind the long comments. :lmao: I have a lot of very talkative friends. And you haven't seen a long comment until you get one that takes up the entire page. :O

Honestly the Greek Sphinx comes to mind first when I think of them. In fact I had to be reminded of the Egyptian version. :lmao: I searched wiki about them before drawing this, and my main two goals were to make her look Greek, and to make her a bit different from all the pictures and statues.

And her kind may be ruthless killers, but the Sphinx in the Oedipus story was honorable enough to keep to her word. (Even if she did commit suicide when she lost the riddle. . .)

Let's make it a deal, shall we? I'll keep up the good work if you do. ;)

(Also if you plan on doing a week about Gargoyles. . .you'll find plenty to choose from in my gallery. :lmao: )
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's one thing I love so much about the Sphinx. They'll strangle their prey to death, but only after giving them a chance to save themselves. It makes them less monster, more... human-like, I suppose,
Hmm, a week of Gargoyles is planned for sometime in the future. I think I just may have to take a look ;)
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
"Solve this riddle, and you can go on your way. If you don't, I'll kill you."
"Uhh. . .is there a. . .third option?"
"The man who orders it has no use for it --"
"I just --"
"The man who makes it doesn't need it --"
"But you --"
"And the man who uses it doesn't know it!"
". . . ."
"TO DEATH WITH YOU!"
"AAAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHUUURRGLE!"

. . .That's just one of the many men who lost their lives to the Sphinx. Thinking of it, I don't think the Sphinx ever killed women. Then again, that might just have to do with Greek Mythology as a whole. :shrug:
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
That's because women know that there are actually two answers to everything in the universe:
Chocolate and Shopping.
Any Sphinx would surely accept either of these wise answers. And then go shopping with the woman. For chocolate. Which tastes a lot better than Greeks.
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009
Really? The answer to my riddle just now was a coffin.

Although granted the first guy did buy it. :lmao:

You make me wanna go to the mall and eat chocolate. :| Thanks a lot. :XD:
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PublicEnemyNo357 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Student General Artist
Your mermaid will be awesome. I can tell...it'll also be man-eating with a fish head. You like those things that could eat you, I know it. The hair is awesome though; Greek sphinxes don't get enough love!!
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
:lmao: You get many karma points for knowing what I was thinking.

Yes, a man-eating sharklike mer-person was among my ideas for merfolk. Still under development though. ;)
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PublicEnemyNo357 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Student General Artist
So that makes my total karma points...five?

I'm a mind reader; it's my job. Or so it says on my busniess cards.

OoOoOoh, interesting...will wait and see.
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
Damn straight ye shall wait. :evillaugh:

The ideas are becoming clearer, if that helps. :D
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PublicEnemyNo357 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Student General Artist
:plotting: Patience is a virtue. Pity I don't like it that much...

Awesome. Anymore seemingly innocuous deas that'll become flesh-eating monters?
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
You already know the answer to that! :noes:
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PublicEnemyNo357 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009  Student General Artist
...yes? Just a guess here.
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
I was pointing at the fact that by the time I replied, you'd commented on the Merfolk pic.

:| Clearly my point was missed.
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The-G Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
:iconnoesplz:

How dare you recently claim that I am better than you...and then upload this which all on it's own clearly contradicts your claim! :shakefist:

I feel a bit sorry for your list...because you're off doing awesome stuff like this...and the list doesn't get to have it. =(

Actually I don't feel that sorry for the list.

Sucked in. :mwahaha:
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I. ..er. . .shoulda used reference and didn't?

:confused: On that note, you NEVER use reference, do you?

Maybe I'll add an "Inspired By But Not A Part Of" to the list. :D
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The-G Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
I sometimes use reference. :nod: Mostly for outfits on characters that I can't remember and cityscapes.

Animals too...if I can be bothered.

Which I usually can't be. :sleepy:
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Of course not. :petting: You're just a silly Aussie who shouldn't be relied on. :D
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The-G Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
:lmao:

Couldn't have said it better myself. 8-)
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BLIvorySS Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Love the hair and the wings, and the shading's awesome. :D The neck/shoulder area looks a little off, like maybe the neck is too long...but since I am anything but an expert on sphinx anatomy, I really can't accurately judge. ;)
-Liss
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
The neck/shoulder thing can burn in hell. :X

That's where it was spawned from anyhow. :disbelief:

There is no expert of the Sphinx. :slow: Your opinion holds as much weight as anybody else's.
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BLIvorySS Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2009
:rofl: I loathe anatomy in all of its various forms. As you can probably tell from my gallery. XD

Hmm...so it would be pretty easy for me to become the leading authority on sphinxes, eh? :plotting: Now all I need to do is find a sphinx...

-Liss
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009
Search Sphinx on wikipedia. :P There's plenty of images if you hit the right page. :nod:
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midnights-eclipse Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
i agree with Dakt37. Couldn't have said it better myself!
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Thanks. :D
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Dakt37 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist
i LOVE her hair!! and the eyes. holy crap... :ohnoes:
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
:iconblushplz: D'aww. You're just sayin' that.
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Dakt37 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist
nu-uh! they're PURTY! :giggle:
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
Personally I think sphinxes are freaky as hell. :|

But hey, she wanted to fly. :shrug: What was I gonna do, NOT draw wings?

Pffffft.

Yes I meant to sound like you-know-who just now.
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Dakt37 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009  Hobbyist
it depends, for me :\ i think the kind with the ruff of fur around the neck look cool and less freaky, because it's almost like a mane... :D
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
Ah but that would mean a male.

And only the Greek Sphinxes had wings. All the others are without.

Plus the opposite of a Sphinx is a Manitcore, who sometimes had spikes on his tale he could fling at enemies and could breathe fire. :| HE had a mane.

ZOMG and I just learned than in Greek times, it was believed that lions couldn't mate with each other -- only with leopards. :lmao: Those guys had a grasp of nature, didn't they?
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Dakt37 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009  Hobbyist
not necessarily; i don't mean an ACTUAL mane, just a ruff of fur, like a foxfur scarf-look, that makes the transition from lion body to human head less odd-looking :nod:

i wonder where they thought regular lion and leopard cubs came from then? :lmao: or did they think ever litter just had a few of each? XDD
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DragonsLover1 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
I wish that were possible. :XD: But all of the Sphinx images I found were. . .without fluff. :slow: Sometimes I wonder if the Greeks and Romans had an ancient version of Photoshop to help them with their mixed-animal creations.

Dunno, it just said they couldn't mate. :XD: Atalanta and her husband (whose name changes a coupla times) were said to have boinked in Zeus' temple (which happens a lot apparently despite repercussions) and as punishment, he turned them both into lions so they could never be together. :P
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