Sunday, June 25, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Jaculus

Jaculus is a small serpent or dragon, that is also known somtimes as javelin snake.
In Greek mythology, it is said to spring out at its victims, like a javelin, from its hiding places in trees. This is similar to an actual little snake in Madagascar, the fandrefiala.

Jaculus is also the genus of a rodent, the jerboa! So I had to do a quick watercolor sketch for it, as well.

Watercolor Rodents: Jerboa

I was working on my Jaculus for the Magical Animal Series, when I found out that Jaculus is also a genus of rodents that look very much like Kangaroo Rats. Jaculus live in deserts of Africa and the Middle East, while Kangaroo Rats live in deserts in North America. Looks like convergent evolution to me!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Ikaroa

Ikaroa, in Maori mythology, is the magical long fish that gave birth to our galaxy!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Hippogryph

Hippogryph (can also be spelled Hippogriff) is a half eagle half horse and is the symbol of Apollo, either through his connection to the Muses or as god of the sun. In some tradition, the hippogryph is a symbol of love, because its parents, the mare and griffin, are natural enemies.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Garuda

Garuda is a large bird-like creature in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. The brahminy kite is considered as its contemporary representation. By Hindu tradition, Garuda has brought nectar to earth from heaven.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Magical Animals Alphabet: Fenrir

I started with the one on the bottom, but I wasn't sure whether I should leave his face blank or fill it in lightly. Which version do you prefer?
Anyway, Fenrir is a monstrous wolf and the son of Loki in Norse mythology.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Ennedi Tiger

This cryptid is believed to be a living Sabertooth cat that lives in the Ennedi Plateau in the east of Chad. There are two different species, and the one below is more like the one that lives in the mountains, with a stubby tail.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Not-So-Magical Animal: Donald

Of course, when I said that there aren't many options for D, I didn't take into account The Donald:

The Donald is a non-magical animal that wrecks havoc wherever it goes. It likes to build walls and dislikes political correctness, poor people, and refugees. He especially likes to grab unsuspecting women with his tiny little hands.

Magical Animal Alphabet: Dropbear

As I continue my challenge, I find that some letters are easier to find animals for than others. 
Case in point is the letter D. The most common mythical animal is a demon or a daemon, or some derivative of that. This is way too vague. Also dragon. Way too predictable. But I did find this interesting variety of "magical" animal:

Now, I've never heard of this animal until I looked for a D magical critter. Turns out it is a part of a contemporary Australian folklore designed to scare tourists. It features a large and vicious carnivorous koala that live in trees and drop on the heads of unsuspecting prey walking beneath them.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Magical Animal Alphabet: Cthulhu

Continuing with my self-imposed challenge, here's Cthulhu:

Cthluhu was invented by H. P. Lovecraft in the short story "The Call of Cthulhu", and described as "A monster of vaguely anthropoid outline, but with an octopus-like head whose face was a mass of feelers, a scaly, rubbery-looking body, prodigious claws on hind and fore feet, and long, narrow wings behind."