A is for Aspidochelone

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Finally, my first post of the year. We are three months into 2015 but anyway, Happy New Year!

I’ve realised recently that I don’t draw creature art often enough so I’ve decided to challenge myself by drawing an A-Z of mythical creatures (one creature for each letter of the alphabet). I got the idea after finding an A-Z of fantasy creatures in an old issue of ImagineFX so I’ll be basically creating my own versions of each creature listed in that (I hope I’ll be able to keep this up).

So without further ado, here is my rendition of an ASPIDOCHELONE.

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.

My rendition of an Aspidochelone, a mythical creature resembling a gigantic turtle, often mistaken for an island by sailors (produced in Photoshop CS2).

© Pamela Lokhun 2015. All rights reserved.

WIP shots of development stages.

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On closer inspection there is a ship… and on closer inspection, the ship’s crew have just realised that is not an island.

This probably took me between 7-9 hours to complete at 300dpi (over the course of two days, I lost track of time). I didn’t know what an Aspidochelone was before. It was described as a giant turtle big enough to be mistaken for an island, so with this in mind, I took inspiration from images of turtles and rocky coastlines and tried combining the two elements together. I practiced sketching a few turtles before starting the main image and mainly took reference from the “Loggerhead turtle” as a base. I also thought that if the creature is mistaken for an island so often, its skin might be exhibiting an earthy, rock like texture so I’ve tried to illustrate that in the image. Overall I’ve tried to depict the creature as less of a monster and more of an unknowing animal that’s just going about its own business. I hope I succeeded!

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