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Uploaded: February 25, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Intermediate  Intermediate Skill Level
Steps: 5
Updated: February 26, 2008
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Hello, today we will be drawing the Black Gryphon. In this brief description, I will be explaining and telling the history of this creature. What is black gryphon? Is it just a gryphon that is black and has white legs? No, there is much to learn about this creature. Travelers mistook a black gryphon as an evil fiend, but they are wrong. This type of gryphon is actually friendly towards people. Fables tell how these noble beasts were cursed to have a blackened coat and monotone legs. Most black griffons are tortured by trolls, goblins, and ogres. As a matter of fact, these beautiful creatures are becoming extinct due to cruelty, slavery, and being killed for their glorious coats. The coat of a black gryphon feels like bunches of cotton. One of these coats can range up to two thousand shillings. Like most griffons, this species live in groups or packs, kinda like wolves. A mother gryphon can be very aggressive when roaming with her young. So if you’re near a mother and she has cubs, be sure to run for your life. Otherwise, you will be torn to shreds and fed to her young. On the other hand, male griffons are mellower. They fly towards harmless random travelers and give them rides as transportation to places. Sometimes they may hunt for you if you are low on supply. Some travelers have told stories about random black griffons becoming companions for a long time. These beasts make great companions because they stay true and loyal. A lot of famous warriors have black griffons as their familiar or companion too. They’re known for saving people, fighting against evil and becoming kings or queens. A black gryphon can grow up to seven feet tall and twenty feet long. The average wing span is about thirty feet long. They can live up to eighty to one hundred seventy years. Yeah, that’s pretty long for a griffon to live…especially black griffon's. An average gryphon can only live to eighty years. To find out a black gryphon’s age, just simply look how dull the coat is and this should give you a pretty good idea. If its coat is a grayish black, that means that it is really old. Usually one hundred and fifty years old. Unfortunately, male griffon's live shorter then females. So, I hope this tutorial will help you out. I drew the gryphon on a regular sketchbook and then redrawn on Adobe Photoshop CS. The coloring and background was also done in this program. I hope you enjoy this tutorial!

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Step 1. How to Draw a Black Griffon