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Shantak-Bird Concept by Ito-Saith-Webb Shantak-Bird Concept by Ito-Saith-Webb
Description used as inspiration:
They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's. Carter knew that they must be the Shantak-birds of ill rumour, and wondered no more what evil guardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the boreal rock desert. And as he stopped in final resignation he dared at last to look behind him, where indeed was trotting the squat slant-eyed trader of evil legend, grinning astride a lean yak and leading on a noxious horde of leering Shantaks to whose wings still clung the rime and nitre of the nether pits.

Trapped though he was by fabulous and hippocephalic winged nightmares that pressed around in great unholy circles, Randolph Carter did not lose consciousness. Lofty and horrible those titan gargoyles towered above him, while the slant-eyed merchant leaped down from his yak and stood grinning before the captive. Then the man motioned Carter to mount one of the repugnant Shantaks, helping him up as his judgement struggled with his loathing. It was hard work ascending, for the Shantak-bird has scales instead of feathers, and those scales are very slippery.

And they whispered also that the rumoured Shantak-birds are no wholesome things; it being indeed for the best that no man has ever truly seen one (for that fabled father of Shantaks in the king's dome is fed in the dark).

He slipped wholly out of sight before Carter could speak to him, and sailors later said that he had come with a yak caravan from some point not well determined, bearing the colossal and rich-flavoured eggs of the rumoured Shantak-bird to trade for the dextrous jade goblets that merchants brought from Ilarnek.

— H. P. Lovecraft,”The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath’

This is four of eight creature/character that will be used later as a master reference for a series of compositions depicting scenes from the story ”The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath’ by H.P. Lovecraft. Not only is this the main project for my independent art study class but also has the intention that these could possibly be used for either the video game or movie industry.
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RZKesp600TheDragon Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Is look like horse, dragon and bird.
Melyssa1023 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
This is the best depiction that I've seen of a Shantak. Awesome!
TKR101010 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011
I like how these look, but they remind me of sea horses. :)
Ito-Saith-Webb Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Ya these are the first incarnations I have or more evolved version in my sketchbook pages.
AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Very nicely done! :D
Lieju Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Cool. Not at all like how I imagined them, but that what makes it fun.

I especially like the interpretation of a horselike head.
DaDonYordel Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010
good interpretation...
mandoron23 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010
Awesome piece! I am actually surprised no one else has commented on this! I really like the design, although the horse-mane spikes could potentially not fit. That said, I like the fact they look scaly without losing the feather look, and the multiple tails are awesome.
Ito-Saith-Webb Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
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