Chimera Picture

January 9th, 2009
Photoshop and drawingtablet

I don't know why, but I suddenly felt like drawing the Chimera. I think I've taken a liking to Greek mythological creatures, or something.
Anyway, the Chimera is was described as a lion on the front, a goat in the middle and a serpent or a dragon at the end. It's quite a vague description and most artists interpret it as meaning that the Chimera has the body and the head of a lion, an additional goat's head, which is often depicted sticking out of the creature's back and facing backwards (which I think is somewhat odd) or right next to the lion's head. And finally, the Chimera is often depicted with a rather small snake for a tail. I decided to tweak the design a little, but I'll get back to that later.

The Chimera is generally considered female (contrary to common misconceptions), so it isn't really supposed to have manes. She can breathe fire and any sightings of the Chimera are interpreted as bad omens. If I saw this thing coming at me, I'd take it as a bad sign too...
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