Monster-a-Day - Chimaera Picture

Part of a series of paintings for my Water Media class this past semester. The assignment theme was "Everyday" leaving it very open to interpretation. I opted for a painting a day to fit the theme and allow me to paint things that interested me.

For about a week I painted one 8"x8" painting of mythological/folk creatures from around the world. I worked primarily from descriptions only and reference real world animals for the monsters. Some of the backgrounds are based on real places others are based on photos found online.

Here is the chimaera, a mythological beast with the body of a lioness, mane of a male lion, goat head on it's back, and a snake for a tail. I learned quite a bit more than I already knew about this monster (such as it's apparently always a female and is related to the Hydra. Then again, wikipedia could've lied to me ;3 ). Not one of the better executed paintings of the series but I enjoy the graphic quality of the stone.

Done with watercolors, gauche, and a little acrylic.
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