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The Piasa by Ashere The Piasa by Ashere
Serpent underbelly, eagle talons, antlered skull, human eyes. The Piasa of the upper Mississippi was once the terror of the native peoples, its black shape blotting out the sun as it soared above battlefields like a bloated vulture. It took children from the forests and women from the fields, and no hunter could stand against it and live.
Then it was gone. None could say where, or when, or even how. Slowly, the people grew less cautious, less afraid. But they carved a warning into the limestone above the turbulent waters. A dragon-thing, with the face of a man. Just in case.
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Dino-Mario Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks amazing!!!
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:icongeekspace:
....I have never seen anyone mate batwings with pinions like this. Clever chimeric effect, that. Plus, there's just enough human around the eyes & snout to make that gnarly antler-topped, pike-toothed maw seem especially fiendish. The twin-diamond tail-tip adds an exotic flourish, and your eye for talons remains especially sharp. And is that a theropod-analog pubic boot I spy? All told, this pic's a fine reminder that mythical bestiaries must needs not be stocked entirely from mainland Europe/Greece/Asia.
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Ashere Sep 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ah, what can I say? I've been on an American Indian kick recently. I've always liked the Piasa, given how utterly odd and shamanic it looks in comparison to the relatively more cohesive dragons of Europe and Asia. It feels very much more like a creature of the id, an Ur-Dragon, then a lot of current dragon interpretations. That ancient feeling gives it a real freshness, I think, and I'm surprised more people haven't done something with it.

Getting little hints of human facial structure into that thing was tough, too. I've never liked the "stick a human face on it" method of reconstruction for things like this. I think it being reminiscent of the same is creepier, personally. The pinioned bat wings are actually described in the original story and carving, so I can't claim credit for them. :)
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:icongeekspace:
It's rather depressing how much 'modern' myth-making seems to be derived from the last mass-market fantasy franchise, be it gaming, film or on the NY Times' Top 20 list. Too much room for old-school oddities to drop through the cracks there.

That said, it's clear I'd better crack open some more Amerindian folklore-and do you ever have a point when it comes to blending over flat-out mix-and-match.
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:iconkingbobthejoe:
I wonder where it went .......
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DeadloveCalling Jul 22, 2012  Student Writer
This is an amazing representation of it! I've always wanted to see a clearer depiction of it :)
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LordofNightsShadows Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
O___O holy wowza!


hey, is this the critter thats painted on the rock face near a river?
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Ashere Jul 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The very same!
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