Karkadann - Concept Sketches

Posted Mar 1, 2010, 10:34:23 PM UTC
Completion Date: 01-20-10
Time Taken: 1 hour
+ 05 Mechanical Pencil (HB Graphite lead)
+ Watermark added in Photoshop CS2
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Finally got around to doing this lol~
This is my version/interperitation of the Karkadann from Eastern mythos, who inspired my species of god beasts the Uyali (who are currently undergoing refining).

"The Karkadann (Persian: كرگدن "Lord of the Desert") was a mythical unicorn-like creature said to live on the grassy plains of India, Persia and North Africa. The creature was quite similar to a rhinoceros. Upon its horn was an engraving with the head of a man.

Ibn Battuta in his travelogue, calls the rhinoceros he saw in India karkadann. The karkadann was an extremely ferocious beast, driving away from its territory animals as big as the elephant. It is said it would fight an elephant and kill it. It would then hoist it above its head in triumph using its horn, before going blind as the elephant's fat flowed into its eyes as it melted in the sun." - Wikipedia

My karkadann is nothing like a rhino in appearance! XD Instead they look more equine, which works for what I'm planning on doing with them and the Uyali. I tried to do a few things to give them a rhino feel, such as the feet, build, and double horns as opposed to one. So far I like where its going in these sketches and I think I might have a solid design soon. :D

Artwork, Karkadann (this version) © 2010 P. Lolla (*souls-poison)
Do not use without permission. Artwork and character copyright P. Lolla (*souls-poison); All rights reserved. Do not alter, copy, and/or redistribute under penalty of law.

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