B is for Basilisk

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It’s been months since I’ve completed my ‘Aspidochelone’ piece so I thought it’s about time that I’ve completed my BASILISK!

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The Basilisk is the king of serpents that is born from the yolkless egg of a seven year old rooster, hatched by a toad. Because there is no definite look to a basilisk I drew inspiration for it’s design directly from the creature’s background.

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To get an idea for the visual look of the basilisk, I did quick study sketches of related animals from looking at photos on the internet.

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Initial design sketches of my basilisk. I wanted to avoid giving it the characteristics of a dragon.

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Secondary ideas. It’s the ‘King of Serpents’ so even though I quite like the legged versions, in the end I opted for the more snake-like design.

The basilisk has the ability to turn anyone to stone with just one glance. I don’t know if that’s on eye contact or if it can turn anything to stone just by looking at it, but personally I think its either by eye contact or at will. As this creature is the king of serpents I decided that I’d really like to include the rooster crown to symbolise it. I think the final design works rather well but the fun thing about this creature is that there is no definitive look to it and you could really take its design into many directions. I’m not sure how many hours it taken me to complete the illustration as I’ve been working on it on and off but I might try alternate versions of this basilisk in future.

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