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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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ace8883 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great pic
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FionaDevil Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nice beast
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dragonite12345 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist 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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