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Northern Sea Griffin Skull by Zhon Northern Sea Griffin Skull by Zhon
Interesting skull of the Northern Sea Griffin (also spelled Gryphon or Gryffin), also known as the Common Sea Griffin.

Let me tell you the adventurous story!

I went to Scotland in search for the elusive Loch Ness monster, and after many failures, I decided to have a bit of an adventure scoping out the rest of the country. I hired a Scotsman by the name of Neill Hawley, and he was my guide through the wilderness that the land had.

On my trip along the coasts of Stonehaven, I tripped along some large rocks and accidentally fell into a nest. A rather large nest at that! And soon, I came face to face with it's owner. A female griffin. Granted she was no bigger than a small mountain lion, she came equipped with razor sharp talons and a beak that seemed to be made of blackened steel! She was in a blind fury that I had landed near her two black flecked, ivory eggs... and began her defensive, motherly attack.

Gladly, Neil was there and prepared. Armed with his crossbow, he had to act fast, and put her assault to an end with two bolts. Unfortunately, one bolt had passed through her head, shattering her bottom jaw...

Sad to see this magnificent animal go to waste, she became our lunch... well.... more like supper.... Lupper?
Imagine the mixed taste of turkey and a sweet porky/beefy flavour. Prepared with a nice blend of wild herbs and spices, along with a few berries to add variety. Very tasty!

Neill was nice enough to give me the skull while he took the pelt (after which his clan presented him with a feast in his honour, and he became known as a supreme hunter... It's gotta be a guy thing...).
The two eggs that I fortuantely didn't crush went to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where they will be taken care of and hatched under official care.

So the skull passed through US customs and is now posted for everyone to see! ;)
Enjoy!!!
:D
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:iconkeirrwolf:
KeirrWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
I thought this was real...I went on google and tried to look for pictures of it and was very confused why no images came up. very believable!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol! Yay! I try to make things look as good as I can (unfortunately I made this one just a little too smooth for me to believe)
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KeirrWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
yeah, when I looked at it I thought that where the bone met the un-real bone it looked a little off but figured the edges may have been painted over with white to cover something up but never thought it might be fake.
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miserybahamut Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Why in the hell haven't I favorited this yet?
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DragonRider788 Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
wow this is amazing! what bird was the beak from and what animal was the skull from? your series of these Fantasy skulls are great i cant wait to see more.
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The beak is pure sculpture. The only bone used was a bobcat/lynx cranium.
:D
Thankies!
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DragonRider788 Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
oh cool!

your welcome!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The story behind your image makes it all the better. I agree that it's not as strong as some other pieces, but it's still nice. Heh, I wonder how many people take your stories seriously :)
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
ROFL! I had quite a few believers on the Cragback skull.
But my next griffin will definately have more thought into it.
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Falconsong Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hmm. Generally your fantasy skulls are good and look pretty seamless, but this isn't one of your better works. I think you need to work with birds more, this one doesn't work well at all.
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah, he is a bit rough around the beak (which isn't shaped well to begin with as it was pulled over a broken lynx skull)
Perhaps my next one will look better!
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awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
wonderful work, again :clap:
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're so nice!
Thank you!
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:iconawsmdragonqueen:
awsmdragonqueen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008
lol, no problem ;)
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:iconzen-art-gallery:
Zen-Art-Gallery Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Student Photographer
oOoO i looove it! i want 1 :)
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
xD
Thankies!
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:icondarcum:
Darcum Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Awesome =D You like your mythical creatures, don't you?
[link]
My first doodles of skulls =P
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol! I love Mythical creatures. Ever since I could remember I loved dragons (probably because my mom's chinese)

Neat skull sketches!!!
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I-grab-butts Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Wow Lee quiet the travler there.
Intresting story I love how you can go to Scotland and be back on the same day hurray for time!!!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yay for the invention of the teleporter!
All of Neill's friends want to meet you. Yay scotsmen! :XD:
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I-grab-butts Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
LOL I can't wait to meet them
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Eloquent-Censored Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Beautiful ^_^ <3
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Why thank you!!! :giggle:
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Maquenda Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Amazing stuff you make <3
Do I see a cat skull? because it looks like my cat skull... :)
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yep!
There's a lynx or a really big bobcat behind it! xD
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angstmonkey Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
as usual, fantastic work, you've done a fantastic job blending the skull into the beak! I salute you on your catch!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
xD
Thankies!
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MorRokko Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
because lee is just that cool...
lol
This seriously looks awesome lee, like i love how these things flow. They look real! =D
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
xD
Thank you!!!
:dance:
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bear48 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional
sweet
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D
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malkie13 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Looks like some sort of feline skull? Yes? No? Maybe?
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
yep, there's definately something feline in it! :D
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dragontrap Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional General Artist
LOL Dude you are having loads of fun making this neat skulls.

Wanted to let you know I should be having plenty of time this month to do the drawing of which you asked me to a while ago (The compass thingy)
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol!
LOADS of fun!!!! So much fun I can't believe I'm neglecting commissions!!! :slamhead:

Hahah, take your time with it! :XD:
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dragontrap Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional General Artist
Heh isn't that the point XD?

And once I get the lineart done (sorry it is taking so long, school is getting in the way), I'll send you a note and find out how you want the colors and what not.
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
okie dokie! :D
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LoneDireWolfess Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
is that a cougar skull? you did an awesome job love!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's actually either a really really big bobcat, or a good sized lynx. Found it as a broken skull and this is what became of it.
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LoneDireWolfess Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
really? where do you find that stuff? lol my boss just gives me mine =P
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
At the studio the guys throw out skulls that aren't perfect. I also know of a native trade shop that sells broken trash skulls for crafters.
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LoneDireWolfess Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh very cool.
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EatToast Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
that's delightful. you do a great job putting these together!
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hahaha!
I'm having waaaaaay too much fun with these!
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EatToast Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
it shows
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Silver-Comet Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008
Awesome story, xD. What animals did this latest get donations from?
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The beak is sculpted (I will get better photos soon) and the cranium came from either a lynx or a super big bobcat.
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Silver-Comet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Super big, xD. Excellent work, as always. Love your myth-skulls. Ever consider making an entire skeleton? xD.
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:iconzhon:
Zhon Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm going to try and attempt making a cerberus skeleton since now I have a whole coyote and a few skulls... just need some extra vertebrae and I'll be on my way! :D
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Silver-Comet Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2008
Sweet.
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