I just found a website called Alphabeastiary, which has a pretty cool art challenge going on where every two weeks they post a creature and you draw it before the new one gets posted! You start from A and goes through Z until...well I guess that's it! You can apply to have your beast appear on the site as the challenge goes on, which I'm going to do, but I'll follow along with the challenge regardless.
For the first round over at Alphabeastiary the creature is the Angha! Here be mine.
I quote from the first post:
"The Angha is a Persian monster also known as the Simurgh (and other variations of this spelling)
The Angha is said to have the front head and body of a dog, the wings and tail of a peacock and the claws of a lion. This monstrous mesh is often said to be gigantic enough to fly off with an elephant or a whale clasped in its talons.
Showing up in Iranian art and literature, the huge dog-bird is a dangerous beast with a varied history. Benevolent in nature the Angha always lives near water, and one of the most famous myths surrounded a particular Angha (a female) claiming it as a protector of the tree of life. It protects the tree from people looking to steal it's wisdom without first earning it."
This was fun!