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Hippogryph Skeleton run by DarkmaneTheWerewolf Hippogryph Skeleton run by DarkmaneTheWerewolf
Edit: Heh, i didnt think this would end up being so popular! Thanks a lot for the support! Keep an eye on my journal for more animation principles videos and such eh.

A few notes about the hippogryph design-
Most people think of the hippogryph as being definitively a horse's back end and eagle front end, but actually, the origin of the hippogryph was just as a joke- Griffins' main prey were horses so a griffin mating with a horse to create a hippogryph was a ludicrous idea! That being said, it can be assumed that a hippogryph, therefore, has the characteristics of both a griffin and a horse, i.e. Aspects of a lion, an eagle and a horse mixed together in some way. Nothing about a hippogryph being horse hind and eagle front is set in stone, my gippogryph here has eagle head and talons, horse body and front legs, and a lion's hind legs.

The Eagle wings were omitted just so it wouldn't be so messy and complicated since there would be so many bones around the chest area, especially if they were folded against the body.

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This actually kinda sucks =( Its just so complicated its hard not to make a mistake somewhere, but my real reason for uploading this is to try and promote my youtube channel stuff =p

The video associated with this: [link]

Anyway, aside from the hips morphing, the jumpy front legs and shifty neck, this turned out better than i expected. The skeleton itself is mostly based off a horse for the front, and big cats for the back, which may be why its so stupidly long >< The skull is also a mixed Horse with bird beak skeleton thing too.

24 frames, drawn in GIMP
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4TheLoveOfAnimation Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
omg...that is amazing *.*truly...spectacular!! :O how many references did you use?? 0_O that must of taken ages!! awesome!
raptorkil Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
That's a way to understand anatomy o_o
IndigoDragon456 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Student General Artist
omg omgomgomgoogmi*brain explosion*
jigsawmind Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Its very popular! I love it!
tawnya101 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Photographer
This is incredible!
Anoksunamun Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh me gosh! I'm such a big fan of your art and I love your tutorials on youtube! You're such an amazing artist :iconluvluvplz:
skeletonbear Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
I can never get enough speculative anatomy.
Alpha-Eclipse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
May I use this to help me practice animation? I won't upload it anywhere :(
DarkmaneTheWerewolf Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Sure =) That's what this and the associated video are for. As long as people arn't tracing frame for frame or outright taking this as their own, then theres no problems (Though please credit if you can).
Alpha-Eclipse Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Thank you! ^^' I've always wanted to animate... but I can't figure out how without animated bases(that I am allowed to use) Thank you so much :heart:
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