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Pit Griffin by arvalis Pit Griffin by arvalis

I like the idea of alternative griffin concepts.  I call this a Pit Griffin.  They were bred for fighting in the pits and eventually became naturally featherless/hairless save for a few blood feather-like structures.  They are wildly aggressive and monstrously dangerous, though they have lost the ability for flight.   The large spur talons on the wrists are venomous, however pit griffins are immune to the venom and instead act as very dangerous weapons.  I took a lot of inspiration from the awesome artist Carlo-Arellano.

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Dr-XIII Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017   Digital Artist
They look so abused. D: Even MY Griffins have pity! The Silver Quad-Raptor by Dr-XIII
strong-1 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2017
Since it was bred for fighting and not flying wouldn't it be more beneficial to breed it to have atrophied wings that way they didn't get in the way or at least evolves claws so that they too could be used for fighting? It feels like the risk of them breaking in a brawl is a huge weakness.
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
this is a really cool design...
ScarletKnightReterns Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I feel so sorry for it. What happen to the knight? Looks like he got bitten in the groin.
TheWatcherofWorlds Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016
"Tis just a fleshwound"
ScarletKnightReterns Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Well that's a relief 
SacredSpirit123 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015
Poor griffin...
Kwanilla Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Shadsie Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
There's a description in an unpublished novel of mine of a baby gryphon hatching from an egg with bald wings and a bald head, inspired by seeing baby birds and how awkward and horrifying they look before they feather out.  This speaks to me - It's always interesting to see glorious feathered creatures stripped down to naked.   No fuzz on him, either.  Must be warm in the pits.  
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heh, interesting design.
epicazeroth Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
This looks more like a Keythong than a "true" Griffin.
VitaniAmkova Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I do not have any points, but can you create a griffin for me? Like one in chains or something. Thanks!
TornAroundtheEdges Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Just so you know, Arvalis is a professional artist who makes a living off of his paintings and artwork. He charges several hundred dollars for completed images. Asking for him to create free art of whatever you want is pretty disrespectful, presumptuous and wouldn't approach a professional movie director and ask "Can you make a movie about unicorns for me? Like one with sparkles or something. Thanks!" and expect them to start doing it for you.

In the future, if you want artwork from an artist, try to see if they have commission information listed in a journal. If they dont, send them a note and ask. These are real people spending real hours to create content and asking them to do that without any for of reimbursement belittles artists as a whole.
VitaniAmkova Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Oh, I'm terribly sorry I didn't know. Please disregard the message.
TornAroundtheEdges Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Thank you for being so understanding :] Have a great evening!
Decadia Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional General Artist
It couldn't be said better. :)
Acethebuttface Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
get away from it holy SHIT
forestmammal Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Student General Artist
Looks like one of the chickens from kfc xD

Gosh I like this alot!
Morodine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.. am I the only one who thinks they are kinda cute..
gavingavin123 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This helped me a lot when drawing a featherless bird wing. Thanks!
arvalis Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014
Glad I could help
Enneigard Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Would a Pit Griffin have stronger talons or a stronger beak?
MrSleepybear Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
How do you think gryphon would work in real life? I mean scientist have already a chicken with four wings(two pairs) a couple years ago, so it wouldn't be a stretch as science advances to someday genetically engineer an animal that is a chimera of both lions and birds of prey.
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student General Artist
Mmm, free range chicken T w,T
TFSakon Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
The are fascinating. It's the type of illustration that spawns a world in my mind.
yamabukiotome Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! Though the wings kinda remind me of a ... chicken... I don't know... But it's great!
zaba113 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Hey that not Family Dad.
But great i want game with that monster.
gentaldragon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Mourlie Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Student General Artist
I love it! Reminds me of the Colocals from Guild Wars 2:…
flaketom Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Terrific idea!
jdmann79 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love it!  Well done.
Alex321432 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
thats nasty... but well done!
Alberich-Fallowdeer Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Truly amazing
Dracowhip Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Astounding piece my friend, great creature featureLa la la la Nod 
EmaCamU Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
i can see a hero being forced to fight one or more in a underground arena
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Something interesting you maybe would like to know:
It is believed that maybe Protoceratops fossils inspired the greeks to invent the griffins:

also, pretty nice drawing and concept of a griffin man :D!
arvalis Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I did actually know that, and those are some pretty sweet pictures you linked.  I really like that idea, but I wanted to play with some cat anatomy for this guy ;p
Pyroraptor42 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Your welcome!
You really know a lot of animals ^^!

Also, I don't remember if I tell you before, but I really liked how you make your realistic Geodude, because the idea was amazing: Geoude is only a frog who looks like a rock with 2 arms XD.
So, I would like to know if by you are thinking in made Onyx sometime, because I would really love to see what idea you got for that one :)
FightingCrusader Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
That is very cool and imaginative! Please keep creating your epic art!
ArmerSchwarzerKater Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing work, it looks so cool! It looks really interesting, and it kind o reminds me of a vulture. 
Rodegas Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014
need more butter!
DyslexicGamer Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
KILL IT WITH BUYER!!! then blow up the fire!
LTDragoonIII Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Wow talk about dangerous.
Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The venomous barbs remind me of a platypus. I like it!
williamtheblue Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
this makes me sad, well doneWaaaah! 
SueaNoi Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are you sure having lots of blood feathers would be a good idea? I mean, if the blood feather breaks, the bird might bleed to death, unless the feather was removed.

I suggest that those might be "pin feathers", which is just another name for immature feathers. but not specified that there is blood in it.
LuccianaLoL Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014   Artist
Wow, amazing :D
Triphon Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I love the way your creatures look both alien and familiar. The Pit Griffin reminds me of a vulture, a baby porcupine and a lion while still remaining original and inventive in its own right.
Lady-Lumiya Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist
wow, this is a really fantastic idea! and awesome work as always! :love:
Miracleofthewomen Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
Miracle of women of the peach tree
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