Over the past few years, I've done more versions of this character and image than I can count. It's an exercise in poor background environment planning. These are no different.
My idea for the Dimetrodon Sphinx goes back quite a ways, but at its root has to do with my love for blending mythology and prehistoric creatures, much like the chimaeric flying trilobites. If the Sphinx is an archetype of ancient tricks and wisdom, I thought a predatory dimetrodon is sufficiently old and strange enough to create a half-human with. I have some further ideas for her, and she'll be appearing in the ebook story I've started working on.
So here are a couple of versions of my Dimetrodon Sphinx drawing painted using Sketch Club on my iPhone 4; square ones were put through Instagram afterward.
|Pleased with the sky in this one.|
|Out of the four of them, I like this one best.|
See other versions here.
Here's the drawing I started from. Should have taken the time on the iPhone to highlight her lizardy feet and human hands some more.
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Original artwork on The Flying Trilobite © to Glendon Mellow
under Creative Commons Licence.
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