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in winter by PrinceCiel
by PrinceCiel

While it can be seen as pretty well painted, it doesn't feel resolved or finished to me. The eyes do, but the rest don't feel nearly as...


D is for Dullahan by Deimos-Remus
D is for Dullahan
Name: Dullahan, 'Gan Ceann' (without a head)
Area of Origin: Ireland

The Dullahan is a headless rider, and being the most famous of its kind, was likely the inspiration for Washington Irving's Headless Horseman character. The rider was usually on a dark horse, carrying his or her own head. The decapitated head was said to have constant hideous grin, and its skin was the consistency and color of moldy cheese. The rider's weapon is a whip fashioned from a human spinal cord. In some variations, the horse was pulling a cart made out of bodyparts, like the spokes of the wheels being made from bones, or its cover being made from dried human skin. When the Dullahan stops riding, that is where a person is doomed to die, after which the rider calls them by name and takes their life. There is seemingly no way to stop a Dullahan, as all locks and gates open to them upon approach, though strangely enough, they are afraid of gold, and can be temporarily driven away by the mere sight of it. They also apparently do not like being watched, often throwing buckets of blood on those who dare to do so. 
C is for Cockatrice by Deimos-Remus
C is for Cockatrice
Name: Cockatrice
Area of Origin: England

The Cockatrice is essentially a two-legged dragon with the head of a Rooster's. It has become synonymous with the Basilisk, and though they are remarkably alike, Basilisks are typically portrayed without wings. A Cockatrice was said to be birthed by a cock's (male chicken) egg that had been incubated by a toad or snake. Cockatrices, like the Basilisk, could kill by simply looking at its victims, and alternatively by touching or breathing on them. It is oddly noted that the only animal immune to the death stare of the Cockatrice is the weasel. Even weirder still, the Cockatrice could die by hearing the crow of a rooster and according to legend, having the beast look at itself in a mirror would surely kill it. Cockatrices were also 'comparatively rare' in heraldry, but appeared in coats nonetheless. 
B is for The Beast of Gevaudan by Deimos-Remus
B is for The Beast of Gevaudan
Name: The Beast of Gevaudan, La Bête du Gévaudan
Area of Origin: The province of Gevaudan, south-central France

The Beast was purported to be a large werewolf that attacked the province of Gevaudan, reported to claiming as many as 113 lives and being the instigator for more than 200 attacks between 1764-67. Victims often had their throats torn out, and the French government spent a considerable amount of man-power to hunt the thing. It was described as having a large tail, a wide mouth, and red hair with a black streak across its back. Based on the eyewitness descriptions, modern day zoologists speculate that it may have been an Asian hyena, which don't exist naturally in the area any longer. The beast has since become a popular subject in the field of Cryptzoology. 
A is for Ammit by Deimos-Remus
A is for Ammit
Finally Kicking off this project! Been wanting to do some mythology-related work for a long time now, and while others have done basically the same idea before, I thought I'd try my hand at illustrating a creature/character for each letter of the alphabet. I haven't done anything strictly creature-based in a while, so I had a good excuse for it! I also want to go across a ton of different cultures, so most will be different, though some cultures like the Greeks and Romans have such a huge pantheon, including more than one couldn't be avoided. Most info on these guys will come from wikpedia and other sources. Some will be mythological, others will be from folklore, and others are cryptids. 

So without further explanation, here's the letter A!

Name:  Ammit, Ammut, Ahemait.
Area of Origin:  Egypt

With a name meaning 'Devourer' or 'Soul-Eater', Ammit was a female demon from ancient Egypt. The beast was comprised of the head of a crocodile, the frontal half of a lion, and the back-end of a hippo; the three largest man-eaters known to the Egyptians. Ammit lived near the scales of justice in the Egyptian underworld. There, Anubis weighed the heart of a person against the feather of Ma'at, the goddess of truth. If the heart was deemed un-pure, Ammit would devour it and the person would be unfit to continue their journey towards immortality. The person's soul would then be forever restless, likened to 'dying a second time'.  
W.I.P side project by Deimos-Remus
W.I.P side project
Some more w.i.p shots of yet another project I'm working on, alongside my main projects. It involves Mythology, but I'll leave it at that for now!
Got tagged by my long time buddy, :icondarkchapel666: to answer 10 questions he came up with, so let's give it a shot!

Rules are:
1. You must post these rules
2. Each person has to share 10 facts about themselves
3. Answer the 10 questions asked by the person who tagged you and make up 10 questions for the 10 people you tag
4. Choose 10 people and put their icons on your journal

DarkChapel Asks:
1. Who are your artistic influences?
I have so many, but if I had to narrow it down to the essentials, I'd say Jean "Moebius" Giraud, Frank Frazetta, William Stout, Mark Schultz, Paul Gillon, Frank Cho, 90s CAPCOM, Gustave Doré, and of course, my Dad.

2. What was your greatest artistic achievement?
Not sure if I've had one of those yet! ;) 
There's been certain pieces that I've worked on that have been game-changers for me, pertaining to style or exposure, but I'm not sure if I'll ever create that one sole "Masterpiece."

3. What was your favorite artwork and why?
Favorite Artwork of mine? Currently, my Tron piece. I liked going a bit rougher and sketchier than usual. 

If this is for Favorite artwork of someone else's, hmm... Frazetta's Conan the Destroyer is one of them. Perfectly composed, excellent anatomy, posing, color, action, drama... Also, Rembrandt's Heads of Christ portraits. Saw them in person and was awestruck, the paint application and technical aspects were perfect, but the emotional range they displayed was phenomenal. 

4. What genre of music do you listen to when you work. And does it affect your workflow by any chance? Any other band/music recommendations are welcomed.
I have a varied taste, I listen to a lot of 80s music, some contemporary alternative stuff and an occasional bout of Classically styled music and soundtracks. I wouldn't say it totally affects my workflow, as I can work without music, but I definitely like having it on in the background.

Lately, I've been liking CHVRCHES, The Fratellis, MS MR, HAIM, and always listening to my favorites like Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Simon & Garfunkel.

5. What are your artistic guilty pleasures?
Not sure if this counts, as most artists like it, but I do enjoy drawing naked people. ;)

6. Is it just a me thing or do you also place cryptic and subliminal messages in your works. In my defense they serve as tiny uneditable watermarks, I guess, but go on with your explanation!
Sometimes when its appropriate, I may inject some subtle satire or commentary into a piece, but nothing too cryptic. 

7. What was the greatest lesson you've learned so far and when and how did this life changing moment happened? Did the angels ascended from the skies, Was it as magical as fuck?
Greatest lesson I've learned is just to actually work. Hard work can pay off, but you have to be willing to actually put in that work. I've always tried to do my best, but I think when College started is when I kicked it into gear, as I had some really tough professors my first semester. I've never had to worry about my grades or losing my scholarship, and my work ethic alone has gone noticed and appreciated throughout my department. Don't know if I had that magical moment, as working hard always felt like something I needed to do. 

8. I wish there weren't as many of these questions. I'm running of things to ask. Oh yeah, what was your favorite movie? It could be either animated or an actual movie-movie (with actors, actresses and stage designs and shit).
Definitely Alien (1979). Everything about it is perfect! Other favorites would be No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Paths of Glory, The Big Lebowski, Back to the Future, Apocalypto, The Thing, The Fly... Next to art, which is my livelihood, film is my biggest hobby.

9. If you could bring back one dead artist (painter,poet,musician) in exchange for a currently alive one, who would it be and why?
That's a tough one. I'll cheat and give it a three-way tie between Frazetta, Moebius and Stanley Kubrick. Frazetta and Moebius, because I never had the opportunity to meet them, and their artwork will always continue to inspire. Then Kubrick because he was one of the only truly genius film-makers, would just love to see more films created by him.

10. Wasn't that fun? It sure as hell was because now it's your turn to tag someone else so THANK YOU, maybe?
Oh, I guess so.

My ten questions for those that are tagged:

1. What are your favorite books to read? Put down maybe a maximum of 5-10 books. 
2. Favorite character designs?
3. Top 5 favorite games?
4.Favorite piece of art from your favorite artist?
5. Favorite comics?
6. Top things that inspired you as a kid?
7. Least favorite style/trends in art?
8. Favorite filmmaker/director?
9. Dream job?
10. Is there an artist(s) that you used to like a lot, but don't anymore? Why?

I know it sounds like a copout, but I tag anyone who wants to go though with it! This goes for all watchers and visitors!
:iconzebes: :iconsilvre: :icondannycruz4: :icontimkelly: 
  • Listening to: CHVRCHES
  • Reading: Count Zero by William Gibson
  • Watching: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Playing: Halo trilogy


Nathan Anderson
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Illustrator, designer and concept artist. Loves good 80s films, reading European comics and collecting goofy action figures.

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Ammotu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
totally awesome gallery you have here :)
really like your style!
Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, much appreciated!
Ayej Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Student Filmographer
nice gallery! +watch
Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch!
Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
Retro-Death Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem!
SirChristopher Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015
I favebombed you and I'm sorry! You have such a wonderful style though, a strong grasp of vintage aesthetic but something unique and original too. Your Zelda stuff especially enthralls me!
Deimos-Remus Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Ha, no problem at all! Thanks for the faves and the kind words!
NiteOwl94 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you like to do a collaboration? 
It would involve some concept art, and it would be about Doom.
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