My Spirit Creature

My Spirit Creature - student project

My art style tends toward the realistic, so this was a stretch for me. I only wish I had stretched a bit more. But this is a start.

My reference photo was a male African Lion in motion. My Spirit Creature - image 1 - student project

I did several simplification sketches, but they aren't that interesting - here's one.

My Spirit Creature - image 2 - student project


His name is Asad - he's an adult and inspired by an old friend of mine from Egypt, who wasn't a large man but had the heart of a lion. So this creature has a serious expression, but extra long legs, and hooves instead of paws - so he is fast and can STOMP anything in his path.

My Spirit Creature - image 3 - student project


I wasn't happy with this first version as I felt I hadn't pushed the fantasy elements enough (again, not my style, but I'm trying). So I gave him a new tail and put him into the heavens.My Spirit Creature - image 4 - student project


Great class! Thank you for the challenge!


Norma Jeane Vela
Writer, Artist, Mess Maker