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Blood Scent by jflaxman Blood Scent by jflaxman
Most humans assume Vygar are merely unattractive scavengers, but the Targol of the northern steppes appreciate the better traits of these highly social animals. Unusually for carnivores, Vygar packs are matriarchal, and due to further quirks of nature, Vygar raised among humans respond best to female handlers – a trait that has given Targol clans their own unique character. When hunting, Targol benefit from the Vygars’ speed and sensory awareness; the Vygar benefit in turn from the Targols’ handheld weapons which kill large prey more efficiently. Some tribes attribute the Targols’ success to sorcery or shapeshifting, but it stems entirely from a bond more like an alliance than a master-slave relationship.
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
I like how the woman and the beast have a similar expression and intentness, they look like they're actually in sync with each other and not just two things that happen to be posing in the same picture.
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Dandabug Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Who said you struggle with character cultures?

This is a superb improvement on your cast of unique cultural backgrounds and societal backgrounds, and social structure, Flaxman. The two beings clearly reflect each other's origins and visually represent the strong, almost familial bond shared between them.While minimal in detail, the beast shows a keen intelligence and pride in its eyes, indicating it lives alongside its partner as an equal, not a servant. The warrioress, meanwhile, shows the dress and composure of one who is just as accustomed to the frigid environment as her bestial counterpart, and shares her friend's predatory resilience. In short, you've made a very convincing duo between an intelligent animal and a bestial human!
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
That's high praise from a worthy source! Depicting the dynamic between characters can be a challenge, especially when they're of different species. You've grasped my intentions here perfectly.

The "girl and monster" theme is very popular in fantastic art, but I was aiming for something more than a chainmail bikini-clad model inexplicably paired with a dragon. The concept for this picture draws on my interest in prehistoric animals and human cultures - it only takes a bit of tweaking to create an exotic but entirely believable world!
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the obvious influence from the hyena and how you've put it into a different climate.
You did a great job on the huntress's pelts and clothing.
Awesome work man.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
In prehistoric times there were lions and hyenas in Europe and Asia! Wolves proved to be better survivors, perhaps because they could hunt smaller game and co-operate with human beings (which is why we now have pugs and chihuahuas!) This picture started with a "what if" that inspired an alternate world. It's interesting to speculate how taming different animals might shape human societies.

Furs and pelts are very easy - I just lay down a base colour and use a small hard brush to add light and dark hair. I've still got a series of pictures that document this work in progress and can post them on DA if you want.
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JTHMFrAeK Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh really? I was unaware of that fact! That's quite interesting. I can honestly say that I'm glad you decided to go with hyenas, seeing as, even though I like them, wolves seem to be a bit cliche these days as sad as it is to say.

Oh well I would definitely appreciate having the reference at hand in case I needed to go to it at some point so if it's no trouble to you then yes, indeed post them!
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Nice take on the loyal beast and master.
And also I like how it's more like a hyena then a wolf.
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jflaxman Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
There's no shortage of wolves on DA already, so I thought I'd try something different!
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Nightbringer24 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2012
I'm not complaining.
It shows the more savage side of human nature.
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OffDead Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really great! I like it a lot
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