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Kirin by M0AI Kirin by M0AI
Every now and then I simply must draw my interpretations of various legendary creatures.

Ink, markers, and digital colors.
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:iconkisssatsuki:
KissSatsuki Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
nice!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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TeaKayBlue Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013  Student General Artist
OH MY GOD IT'S AN OKAPI KIRIN!

I love how you combined the fur patterns of the okapi and giraffe, which are cousins. It also shows that maybe you did some research on the creature, since Chinese and Japanese people blieved Giraffes were kirins when they first saw them.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Lindblut Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love your interpretation! The colorful 'feelers' are a lovely highlight!
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:iconfreqking:
freqking Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013
Nice one!
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:icondpss1996:
DPSS1996 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2013
i love this interpretation of the ki-rin :)
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:iconyemayema:
YemaYema Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Lovelyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:icongilpires:
GilPires Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
THumbs UP! That's great!!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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thomastapir Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Really unique take on this classic beast! I'm digging the okapi stripes on the legs and flanks and the subtly iguanid quality of the (presumably laterally flattened) dorsal spines. At the risk of over-using terms derived from the word "spatula" this evening, I'm almost getting a floral vibe from those eyespotted spatulae near the terminal end of those trailing catfish tendrils...Like Venus' flytrap "jaws," perhaps, or were you going for something more like a chameleon's dewlap...?

Just out of curiosity, what was the inspiration behind the taloned feet? They look more mammalian than avian to me but I can't quite pin them down...Kangaroo, maybe?

Also, MO' MUSK DEER FOR THE WIN!!!11!!1!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks once again!

For those tendril disks, if I was thinking about anything it was probably just peacock feathers. And as for the feet, they're pretty similar to basic carnivoran feet once you take the fur off of them. Not that I've done that personally, but I've seen pictures.
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RedWingsDragon Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
Awesome work here
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A much belated thanks!
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:iconsantemilo:
Santemilo Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
This is so cool (:
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:icondeskridge:
deskridge Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012   Digital Artist
Cool!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A much-belated thanks!
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:iconsebdus:
SebDus Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Amazing work ! I really like the design and the way you treated the muscles...
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
A much-belated thanks!
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:iconguterrez:
guterrez Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
that is awesome man
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:iconiamsp00t:
iamsp00t Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
This is absolutely beautiful. Please do more of these dude!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I plan to!:D
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:iconshan-ahmed:
Shan-Ahmed Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconknightofspades:
KnightofSpades Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
I really like the sense of movment in this awesome picture. Great design!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot!
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:iconsandstormer:
Sandstormer Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This is the most original Kirin I've seen so far.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Glad you think so!
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:iconmustardofdoom:
mustardofdoom Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Wild and interesting!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconbensen-daniel:
bensen-daniel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
This is fantastic. I love the fish parbels and the neck spines. It really looks like a legitimate animal.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks much, Daniel! That was the intent!
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:iconsoldiertoger:
SoldierToger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist
A very very cool interpretation!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconsoldiertoger:
SoldierToger Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist
You're welcome!
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Ammonite-Amy Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Cool interpretation! I like his feather mustache. :D
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Gryphoniss Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The muscles and claws look awesome. The bright coloration on those whiskers are really neat too :D
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! This was fun.
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:iconsessav:
SessaV Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW AMAZING!!! :omg:
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
THANK YOU!!!
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commander-salamander Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the clawed feet and the peacock-feather-like tendrils/whiskers. Very powerful looking and active, like its going to spring off the page.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, Rachel!:D
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:iconjahoobafritz:
jahoobafritz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012   Traditional Artist
the raptor claws!
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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:iconjstater:
jstater Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
That is spectacular - the motion and the lines are stellar.
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:iconm0ai:
M0AI Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Digging the weapon silhouettes in your gallery!
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:iconjstater:
jstater Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012
You are too kind sir. They represent the limits of my artistic ability.
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BrynnMetheney Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I love this so much Cory. Such an excellent design and so beautifully executed! :D
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