New Ink Art and Alphabeast: Q is for Qilin


Here’s today’s second catch-up Alphabeast art, for the letter Q. This is a qilin, from Chinese mythology, and something I found very interesting.

As a creature, a qilin is (from Wikipedia and others) a creature that’s described in a few different ways. Among them is a description of a beast with horns/antlers, more of a dragon’s head, and taller like a deer or giraffe even.

I thought it would be a good challenge to try and do this one a little differently than the creepy Peg Powler I created earlier (here). The Peg Powler relies on a lots of dark texture, and a sense of being in her environment. But I thought the qilin should stand on it’s own, and have more stylized, textured features.

As always, let me know what you think. It’s 5″ x 7″, ink and ink wash on 140 lb. Cold Press. Click on the image for a larger version if you’d like.

Here is Q is for Qilin:

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