Anyway. These books are so cool. Not only do they have some awesome creatures, (some of which, *gasp* not even I had heard of...) they show you how to draw them! If only I had more time on my hands at the moment, I'd be sketching away like a crazy woman!
|[Nandi Bear by Finlay Cowan]|
I think it is a particularly cool cryptid anyway.
Secondly, the next creature from these books to catch my eye, and one that was completely unfamiliar to me - was the Underwater Panther, sometimes called Mishibizhiw. This creature originates from Native American mythology particularly the Odawa, Ojibwe, and Potawatomi nations around the Great Lakes area of the US and Canada.
|[picture by Finlay Cowan]|
Personality varies, sometimes benevolent and sometimes malevolent - to possess a hair from it would bestow great power.
|[Picture by Finlay Cowan]|
The Alkonost is, according to Russian folklore, a creature with the body of a bird but the head of a beautiful woman. She makes sounds that are amazingly beautiful, and those who hear these sounds forget everything they know and want nothing more ever again - which you'll agree is very smiliar to the Sirens of Greek mythology. The Alkonost however, is generally benevolent towards humans. However, when lays her eggs on a beach she then rolls them into the sea and upon hatching a thunderstorm will ensue. The thunderstorms are so fierce that the ocean will become so rough no one can sail that day.
The name of the alkonost comes from the Greek demigoddess, Alcyone. In Greek mythology, Alcyone was transformed by the gods into a kingfisher.
Don't you just just love how mythological creatures are transformed from culture to culture? I do.
Anyway, if you are looking for a particularly interesting set of books about mythology with the added bonus of drawing thrown in - two of my favourite subjects!) I thoroughly recommend these books for inspiration! Rest assured I'll be pawing over them for years to come.
Here are the links;
Fantasy Artist's Pocket Reference - Dragons & Fantasy Creatures
Fantasy Artist's Pocket Reference - Phantastic faeries
Fantasy Artist's Pocket Reference - Incredible Characters
Have a wonderful weekend.