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Mishibizhiw by KatePfeilschiefter Mishibizhiw by KatePfeilschiefter
Creature concept for practice.

The Mishibizhiw is a mythological creature from the Native American societies around the Great Lakes region of the U.S. and Canada. It's both a creature of the water and the underworld; behaving much like an alligator or a crocodile by dragging men and women into the water to devour.

I was looking up native american mythological creatures to see if their bestiaries included draconic creatures. I thought this guy sounded a lot like a native american version of a wyrm.

Edit: Been wanting to do a rough touch up of this guy for a while. Changed his face a bit, added more contrast, reworked the lighting a tad. Now onto new things!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Professional
cool
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ace8883 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great pic
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NicciLennie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice beast
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MercenaryBuster Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
catfish!
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KelloDraw Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Love ur fusion of a kind of feline/amphibian like creature,u rlly did catch the water/underworld creature motif well too nd that jst makes it look so majestic nd like a tru predator all at the same time. I also love the way u showed him emerging frm the water in a way that had water droplets coming off his tail nd as always love ur use of colours nd ur detail wit the scales iz real kool as well.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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KelloDraw Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ure welx!! Srry for the LAAATE reply.
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realTurtleNipple Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
that's a Suicune
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dinodude0091 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
Nah, Suicune is based on the Kirin, which is a peaceful animal with a temperament that has led to the nickname of "the Chinese Unicorn."  THIS is a beast designed purely for murder.  
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Boeb44 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Hello you have great drawing talents, and im a writer and this picture catches my eye, i want to incorporate him into my book. I am creating a new book with lots of different characters and i just wanted to ask if i could use this picture in my book with out copy writing it.
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry no, this is a personal piece. Only available for print if payed for.
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Boeb44 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Are there any that i could use of your art pieces ?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Not with paying for reproduction rights.
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Boeb44 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Ok well its disappointing to hear but i have to obey, if you ever want any of your drawing in a book just write me ok?
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merrypaws Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013
American grendel. That's the first thing that came to my mind.
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swyattart Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Amazing work, love the colour scheme.
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GaleHollows Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Yay! Water, cat, dragon, alligator thingy! Awesome
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Boomagoo Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
CAT FISH!!! OMG!!!!
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aimeezhou Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow, I really like this design, especially the face/ forehead is very cool :)
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kaburninator Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
what was the update?
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Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ha ha, he looks a bit more... evil, now. :D Lovely work!
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jacob-reddinger Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is awesome!! :) amazing drawing! :D
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CamaroLp Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hm, updated... I see that something is changed and he looks more interesting now, but can you tell me what did you do?
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I mentioned the changes in the image description. Upped the contrast, went over the lighting on the critter, fixed some things in the face. Minor changes really but I think they help the image.
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CamaroLp Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mm, understood. Thank you for answer:)
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Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Professional Artist
Spetacular work!
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MetalSnail Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome work, I love those scales!
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Bobjot67 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Student
This looks amazing. Very intriguing mythological, thank you for sharing.
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AnimeWzza121 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
8D Hey look a real cat fish...*RUNS SCREAMING LIKE A BANSHEE*



This thing is utterly terrifying...:iconfaveplz:
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Etomo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ahh very neat! I like all the creatures you've drawn inspiration from, they all come together to make something rather unique. He definitely looks quite fierce. I particularly like his tail and the scaling texture you did.
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BlackFireLight Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
O.O I thank you for presenting this! I'm always wanting to know more about Native American mythology! And I ESPECIALLY LOVE Mythological creatures. :D
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, and ditto, I want to try and paint more in the future. There's tons of interesting critters out there aside from the ones featured in the more popular Norse and Greek mythologies.
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BlackFireLight Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I know! >.< I just have such a hard time finding them. XD Ironically, I actually asked my friend for my birthday coming up on the 3rd to get me a book on mythology...one not pertaining to Greek or Norse.
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Kennycloyed Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2013
Simply amazing :D
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my favourite rendition so far..
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Neondragon94 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
so cool!
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DoorStop1227 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012
this is awesome
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Anche gli indiani avevano i draghi :secondo gli Cherokee nel fiume Valley c'era un drago sanguisuga grande come una casa con strisce bianche intersecatisi sul corpo cremisi che spruzzava un liquido alle vittime le trascinava sott'acqua e gli strappava naso e orecchi,a volte cacciava sulla Terraterma. Nel origine degli apache si parla di un drago privo d'ali senziente che impugna un arco,gli Illini avevano il Piasa un uccello drago, con quattro zampe, coda di serpente che termina con doppia pinna ,ali coriacee e una parodia di un volto d'uomo, gli occhi erano color cremisi le narici di scimmia, nella bocca vi erano file di denti affilati,sul mento gli cresceva una barba di dure setole.potrebbero essercene altri.....
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AesirMaster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
literal catfish out of water, Lol
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daedalus725 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
cool
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
anche gli indiani avevano i draghi ,secondo gli Cherokee nel fiume Valley c era un drago sanguisuga grande come una casa con strisce bianche intersecantisi sul corpo cremisi che spruzzava sulle vittime un liquido le trascinava sott'acqua e gli strappava naso e orecchie. Nel origine degli apache si parla di un drago privo d ali in grado di impugnare un arco e gli illini avevano il Piasa un uccello drago con quattro zampe coda di serpente c che termina con una doppia pinna ali coriacee e una parodia di volto umano gli erano color cremisi file di denti vi erano nelle fauci narici di scimmia sulla testa aveva corna di cervo e nel mento cresceva una barba di dure setole e potrebbero essercene ancora ....
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VincentRinehart Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This, oh man. I would KILL to be able to have this as a massive framed print on my wall. That face, the scales, the fins, THAT TAIL, all of this is just so amazing. ;u;
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Xuruki Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I Lové all your Dragon sketches, they inspire me and i want to get into it too, as i love Dragons and love to draw em on paper !
They Fascinate me !!
Thanks for sharing ! :love:
It Looks Wonderful~
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FredBrach Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice :omg:
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MatthewWTaylor Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome!
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Jinshin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Reminded me of a real-life Vaporean at first. =D

I'm loving it either way. Beautiful!
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VideoGamesSW Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my god, I love this and I want one.

I wish I could draw these creatures like you do. I could fill a planet with your fauna.
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NekoNinja13 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
AWESOME!
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Shima-Games Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
wow this is really dope... native mythology...
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0verwatch707 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Absolutely amazing! I love the detail of the water dripping off it. The creature's backstory reminds me of a similar creature from Mesoamerican mythology, Ahuitzotl.
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