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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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:icontawnya101:
This is incredible!
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Anoksunamun Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital 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:
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:iconskeletonbear:
I can never get enough speculative anatomy.
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Alpha-Eclipse Sep 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
May I use this to help me practice animation? I won't upload it anywhere :(
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DarkmaneTheWerewolf 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).
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Alpha-Eclipse 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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DarkmaneTheWerewolf Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Have a look at the rest of my tutorial videos, rather than giving you a base, i try to offer a technique to plan a wide variety of animations instead of just the one thing only.
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Greynose Aug 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really admire you for your patience, the flow, everything. It's just stunning what you did here. But. xD One thing really bothers me: If you based the back legs off a lion's, why are they so horse-like? There is that extra-bone horses have.. that makes the hind legs look kinda weak. Also the chest is kinda small. But I still love it don't worry 8D
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Laki10 Aug 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
WOW!!
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AdineArts Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Stop downing yourself and think about how great you are in your work!I know for a fact that i could never do something this unique and 'im shure that no one thinks this is a piece of crud.YOU ARE AMAZING!!
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