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Old 01-06-2015, 06:06 PM
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i think i can figure out a way you can incorporate the golden shower aspect
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Old 01-06-2015, 06:10 PM
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Design a Succubus that isn't just a woman with bat wings and horns wearing lingerie.
an attempt was made. It's a little bit nsfw
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Old 01-07-2015, 01:28 AM
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I feel that Zeus would easily fit in SMT
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Old 01-08-2015, 12:00 AM
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For the succubus what about a woman without bat wings or horns wearing lingerie
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:06 AM
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Pretend I wasn't too lazy to draw an otherwise blank body pillow with vaguely suggestively placed hearts.

Because, you know, creepy objectification fetish, generally of a fictional woman, which we're further dehumanizing by leaving out even the depiction.
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Old 01-08-2015, 04:49 AM
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How about a bat wearing lingerie but no woman attached?
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Old 02-11-2015, 12:50 AM
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This barely counts as a try, since I only got as far as a thumbnail sketch back then, but for a story I was writing the Persona (Hanged Man) Bisclavret would upgrade into Zeus-Lykaios aka "Wolf Zeus".



The epithet Lykaios ("wolf-Zeus") is assumed by Zeus only in connection with the Lykaia, which was the main Arcadian festival. Zeus had only a formal connection as patron of the ritual. In the founding myth, of Lycaon's banquet for the gods that included the flesh of a human sacrifice, perhaps one of his sons, Zeus overturned the table and struck the house of Lycaon with a thunderbolt; his patronage at the Lykaia can have been little more than a formula.

The idea coming from thinking of a freeze-frame during the moment Thanatos tore out of Orpheus for that one single time and never again, instead with a wolf of light and electricity, with a blood spewing mouth, popping out of Hot Zeus Dad body.

Both have Zio + HP/MP drain (tying into consumption theme* rather than vampiric) + Slashing abilities.

*(Bisclavret ate his betraying wife's nose in front of the king.)
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Old 03-01-2015, 12:08 PM
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Unrelated to the current challenges, but...

In the process of writing a Persona fic, a friend and I got to thinking just how poorly suited Surtr and Mada really are for representing the ultimate realization of "fulfilling one's potential and connecting divine inspiration with worldly creation" --that is, the completion of the Magician Arcana. Basically, we agreed that they only got the job because Magician somehow got linked to Fire-related deities and Meguro already had Surtr and Mada's resumes on file thanks to Nocturne.

So instead, after spending a few baffled moments wondering why Kaneko never went for this, we went with the archetype of all archetypes, the originator of the old wise mentor, Merlin.

And after a couple of hours of watercolors and pastels on physical media and then digitally enhancing, I came up with this very rough design:



It's still a work in progress and it's only due on Tue/Wed, so I'm still taking recommendations.

Mainly, I wanted the robes to look as if they're swirling into Merlin's form out of a flame, with the surface of the "cloth" fading into a cosmic vision. There will be a couple of suns and comets leaping out of the cloth in the parts where the cloth rips loose, and I still want to add some cosmic images on the left side of the figure. As for the design itself, I wanted to represent Merlin's "kingmaker" role, but I'm not convinced by how the sword in the stone turned out (as you can tell, the sword itself is a digital placeholder, since I didn't want to feature it permanently in watercolor if it didn't come out right). What can I do to fix the sword, but still have it as a prominent part of Merlin's symbology?

And for trivia's sake, the skillset we devised for this Ultimate Persona would be all four Ma*dynes, Mind Charge, Spell Master, Megidola to evolve into Megidolaon, and possibly Cool Breeze, Invigorate, or Makarakarn. Weak to Phys, Str/Elements, Null/Light, Wk/Dark.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:32 PM
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Heh, before reading your explanation, I kind of liked the complete incongruity of the placeholder sword, as while Merlin is tied to it, it is never his to wield.
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Old 03-03-2015, 10:34 PM
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Merlin's dad's an incubus, I wonder if that's helpful.

Any way to incorporate the bit where Merlin ages backwards?


Anyway, I'm not deep into it, but I think Arthurian mythology's pretty sweet under the usual stuff marketed for mainstream.
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Old 05-03-2015, 10:48 PM
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The word succubus is a 15th century invention a transformation of the original late Latin "incubus" because the authorities thought that the word was too masculine for what they believed was a "feminine" phenomenon. The late Latin word means nightmare and comes from a word mean to lay or press. If you've ever had a walking terror or walking nightmare you might have some idea of what the original word might have intended.

I tried to combine the original nightmare aspect with the late feminine version while trying to keep the nightmare part in there. These are just sketches though and also NSFW.

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Old 08-30-2015, 08:20 PM
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This is my first time ever drawing something on the ipad. Its weird.
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Old 11-02-2015, 09:20 AM
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I was glad to see folks still artin' and talkin' while I was gone from the boards, but the thread did turn into a bit of a free-for-all, so I'm gonna try to get things rolling again with a new Weekly Theme.

Whenever I revive this thread, I try to kick off with something fairly simple and iconic and well-known to get back in the groove before going for mythological deep cuts, so for now, the 'demon' of the week is...

THE SPHINX!

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The sphinx is definitely one of the most well-known mythological beasties around, because apparently something about a lion with a person-face is strangely intuitive to humanity. Not only have variations and local flavors of it spread to almost every world culture, but apparently the oldest known sphinx statue dates all the way back to 9,500 BC, and the creature is still a popular fixture today.

Its modern fame is due in large part to the Great Sphinx of Giza which makes sphinxes pretty hard to forget, but there are many other notions about what a sphinx is besides that one (also, because its male, that one's supposedly, technically called an...'androsphinx'? But we aren't gonna nitpick, your sphinx can be aaaaany gender it likes), and really, 'lion-body-person-face' is the only specific that really stays standard throughout them.

They are often portrayed as guardians (usually harsh but honorable ones) of treasures, tombs, or knowledge. Statues of them can act as symbolic guards, or as an artistic way of conveying 'if you don't belong here, GET OUT!'

The Greek version differs in that it's not a whole species, but a specific, one-of-a-kind daughter of monsters, often portrayed as having wings and a snake-for-a-tail. And while she too carries on the notion of 'guarding', in a sense, it's presented in a far more malevolent, bullying way. She would wait along the road to Thebes, and ask a riddle to anyone who passed by; if they got it wrong, she'd devour them. Oedipus, unfortunately destined to end up even more famous for something else, got the answer right, though, and the Sphinx was so livid she killed herself.

In the 15-century, sphinxes had a revival of popularity, beginning to appear frequently in European art at this time. This version of the sphinx, sometimes known as the French Sphinx, usually hearkened more to the Greek than the Egyptian Sphinx, though often skipped the wings and snake-tail, and frequently beautified the monstrous being. Also sometimes putting human breasts on her otherwise feline body, and yes, this may have been a weird direction to take her. But others kept with the 'ONLY her head is human, guys' take, as in this painting, which is very well done but which I find strangely hilarious.



Just something about their sassy faces gets me. Whatever. Sorry. Moving on.

There are oodles of other similar or adapted versions of the sphinx throughout history and across the world (seriously, something about a cat-body-person-face speaks to people, apparently, across all cultural boundaries), and feel free to go with any other variation on the concept, because there are plenty, each with their own quirks, and the various strains of 'Asian sphinx' would take up paragraphs more on their own.

But, to sum up enough details to go on if you just want to go with your own Egyptian or Greek one:

-Human face or head on a cat's body. The body's usually a lion or lioness, but as the very affectionate sphinx seen above proves, the Europeans thought cheetahs would be fine too, for instance, so feel free to vary it up.

-While the above is the standard, others further skew towards human-like in body as well (to sometimes alarming results), or go the other direction in making the sphinx more monstrous...wings, snake-tail, whatever.

-Either solo or in pairs or more, often guard places, people (often DEAD people...of course dead people still need guarding!), or knowledge. Often portrayed as very wise and REGAL guardians. Except, perhaps, for the Greek one.

-The Greek variation is usually a unique, specific entity, and is traditionally a very mean lady who takes her riddles seriously.

-The later European revival dolled the shinx up, emphasizing their feminine qualities, as well as sometimes further giving them jewelry and some clothing. Classy cat-ladies.

-There is some debate as to the meaning/origin of the name sphinx. Initially thought to mean something along the lines of "squeeze"/"tighten up" (perhaps a reference to the way a lioness kills by clamping their prey's neck,. and--wait, squeeze, tighten up, that's totally the origin of the word sphincter, too, I'll bet! Huh!), it's also been suggested that it is instead a corruption of the Egyptian term for 'living image', and that the word should then specifically be used to refer to the statues themselves, rather than the creatures they represent, or maybe implying that the statues themselves ARE the creatures themselves...perhaps dormant, but ready to awaken if needed? Possible food for thought in your design.


My own two designs:

The bloodthirsty Greek Sphinx...


A more dignified keeper-of-knowledge Egyptian one...
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:41 AM
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These are both great, but something about the posture of that guy on the road juxtaposed with the sphinx's excitement is killing me.


Look, we go through this shit every day. We've all read the same 1001 Riddles book you found and I've got places to be, so can we do this thing later? I need my coffee.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:30 AM
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For this one, I decided to go with a masculine sphinx, and based on the riddle aspect, gave him the look of a wizened old sage, monk, or philosopher. The hands are for extra freakiness.
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:40 PM
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This version of the sphinx, sometimes known as the French Sphinx, usually hearkened more to the Greek than the Egyptian Sphinx, though often skipped the wings and snake-tail, and frequently beautified the monstrous being.
People act like we're heading down a bad road these days by making classic monster designs prettier for the sake of sex appeal, like recent takes on vampires, witches, werewolves, and Medusa. But stuff like this shows that, no, this is nothing new. People have been doing this for hundreds of years.
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There is some debate as to the meaning/origin of the name sphinx. Initially thought to mean something along the lines of "squeeze"/"tighten up" (perhaps a reference to the way a lioness kills by clamping their prey's neck,. and--wait, squeeze, tighten up, that's totally the origin of the word sphincter, too, I'll bet! Huh!),
Sphincter : Late Latin sphinctēr, from Greek sphinktēr, from sphingein, to bind tight.

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The bloodthirsty Greek Sphinx...
Wow. That Sphinx has a really crazy expression on her faces.
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Old 11-04-2015, 11:14 AM
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A Cheshire sphinx. I like it.
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It's a little known fact that it's actually not the Sphinx that enjoys riddles for a living, but the snake on her tail. The Sphinx wanted to make a name for herself via a career on Broadway and auditioned several times for The Lion King. Alas, it was not to be.

The wings are metallic and an extension of her necklace!
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Atlus has been putting out some rather lackluster demon designs lately, with the worst example being their egregious take on Demeter for the upcoming Strange Journey remaster:



And a slightly less unjustifiable but still pretty dumb Zeus:



It seems to me that some PROFESSIONAL demon design is needed here. Here's my attempt at making a slightly more thematically appropriate Demeter (an admittedly incredibly low bar to clear):

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Atlus has been putting out some rather lackluster demon designs lately, with the worst example being their egregious take on Demeter for the upcoming Strange Journey remaster:



It seems to me that some PROFESSIONAL demon design is needed here. Here's my attempt at making a slightly more thematically appropriate Demeter (an admittedly incredibly low bar to clear):

Demeter? I hardly know 'er!
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It seems to me that some PROFESSIONAL demon design is needed here. Here's my attempt at making a slightly more thematically appropriate Demeter (an admittedly incredibly low bar to clear):

weirdly that gives me a Wind Waker Fairy Queen vibe.
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Not bad! Also we should probably move this thread to the creating subforum eh?
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