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Dobhar-Chu You Can Too by tiffanyturrill Dobhar-Chu You Can Too by tiffanyturrill
yet another entry for the [link] Alphabestiary blog! and D is for Dobhar-chu, the nasty water-going Irish lake monster. I took some liberties with him, but i'm trying to make the critters for this project as biologically sound as possible. (ie no random human parts, they look like they could be a real holotype for a species)

the whole time while making this, I had Blue's Clues songs stuck in my head. XD

learn bout heem:

Hailing from the rivers and deep lakes of Ireland comes a monster known as the Dobhar-chu. The name Dobhar-Chu when translated from Irish Gaelic literally means "Water-Hound," and is sometimes confused with its close cousin the Pooka (Puca) or "Water-horse."

The Dobhar-Chu has been described differently over time, but the general consensus is that it has a very sleek otter-like appearance, and an enormous dog-like head, with fins like a fish. In some versions of the myth, the Dobhar-Chu has a fish tail and shark teeth. In others, it's more like a huge wiry-haired dog with webbed paws.

In every version of the story, the Dobhar-chu is a maneater that can grow up to seven feet long. The beast has been said to overturn small boats and eat the unsuspecting fishermen inside. A Dobhar-Chu might be hard to spot in the water, but it is easy to hear: it emits a loud shriek that sounds like a young woman as it closes in on its victims.

Half-Dog and half-fish, this monster had its last reported sighting in 2003, but its legacy continues in Irish folklore and in the enthusiasm of cryptid hunters everywhere.
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blancheneige32 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014
Grenat !
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:iconwitchofcrimsonfire:
WitchOfCrimsonFire Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
makes me think about a great white.
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ShenaniBOOM Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
That's really cool looking!
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:iconfujoshi-sama801:
fujoshi-sama801 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2013
I believe in creatures unknown to science, but this is beyond anything I've ever heard of... It's BEAUTIFUL!
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tchokun Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
impressiv! you are skilled :)
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:iconmammothoner:
MammothOner Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm lovin' the creativity you put into your creatures. Great work!
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Rahnal Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I love this take on it. Whoever is pulling that fishing line is in for a treat. As in being the treat.

The blend of characteristics is superb. I can't tell if it's more fish or aquatic mammal.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
thank you! i love blending families, and even orders of animals to create completely news ones! :3
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:iconcheddarofallcheese:
cheddarofallcheese Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Its like a super mega awesome version of Nessie :D
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Dinogrrrll Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011
Fantastic!! Truly magnificent creature design- love it!!
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:iconjackalope841:
Jackalope841 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011
Very interesting version of this water monster, I especially like the anglerfish lure on the jaw and the feathery-looking fins.
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:icongryphonix:
gryphonix Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011
love it
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:iconmarmot-of-doom:
Marmot-of-Doom Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are that feathers on the tail??
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:icontiffanyturrill:
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
no, not feathers - they're fins. just wanted to give him something extra at his tail end. :)
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:iconmetromoanium:
Metromoanium Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The face reminds me of the Goblin Shark ^^
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:icontiffanyturrill:
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes!!! I think they're so awesome, I try and slip 'em into every design I can! XD
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:iconmetromoanium:
Metromoanium Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yah, they are pretty awesome. They happen to be my favorite shark, is why I noticed the mouth in the first place. So unique ^^ ya just gotta love em.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh, definitely! In addition to being completely fascinating, I'm of the opinion that they transcend 'ugly' and come back around the spectrum into 'adorable'! :D

I also did little cartoony paint sketch of one a few years ago, check it out: [link]
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Leopard-of-Time Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love your aquatic scenes... the colours are spectacular!
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:iconcaessaes:
Caessaes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
Great monster! I really like me this kind of critters.
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Sch1itzie Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Absolutely stunningly awesome!
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:iconluminous-sentinal:
Luminous-Sentinal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
stunning creature, would love to have one in my aquarium :)
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I really love the look of all his fins. I definitely see a lot of shark in him.

If you don't mind me asking, what tools did you use to make this?
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
hey there! it's Copic markers on smooth Bristol board, with a bit of Photoshop thrown in for niceness :P
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KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Feh, I've badly wanted Copic markers for so long. I'd love to be able to do stuff like this. They're expensive, but more and more lately I've been thinking of fessing up for some.
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kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
You have done an incredible job!
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DSil Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student General Artist
I love the bizarre head design, never seen a jaw quite like that.
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:icontiffanyturrill:
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Professional General Artist
based on [link]
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mikrd Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really original, I'm really liking your work.
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fnook Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Filmographer
This is really cool.. Your composition is really leading my eye around the image. Great colours too.. ^_~
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wolffuchs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
wow OMG so cool!
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Dubisch Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011
Awesome!
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
awesome!
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Hemlock-Sholers Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
It's cool and all but it's prity much an earth whale with a make over

But that is really good art considering it's not digital
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Also, if art is digital, it does not necessarily mean it's better. I prefer to think of the media as separate but equal. They each have their strengths and weaknesses, and it's up to the artist to tease out which methods best fit their application and concept.

Sorry to rant, but your comment struck me as small-minded and dismissive, and got under my skin. Hopefully you didn't mean to come off that way.
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
This person is also dismissing the fact that whether or not the art is digtal you still had to imagine and concieve it, design it, draw it and paint, not to mention knowing the basics of art such as color, anatomy and perspective. Paper or digital, those things still remain necessary for any art. Digital is just another tool.

And,uh, I've never seen an Earth whale like this.
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
:icongetdownplz::iconhigh5plz:
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lenlenlen1 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
lol
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Hemlock-Sholers Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
I can understand how it might have sounded that way

I just ment that it can often be hard to make good art, like yours, on paper
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tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
it's an earth folklore creature. thanks for looking!
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kenfreelance Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011
Verrry nice!
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GuthrieArtwork Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2011   Digital Artist
The colors you used are absolutely beautiful and I love the goblin shark-like mouth anatomy.
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FlammablePerson Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
This is RIDICULOUS :O
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SineSquared Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Love it!
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BrynnMetheney Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Love this! The way that set of teeth comes down from the jaw there is just great! Gorgeous work lady! :D
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Soulslayer317 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
this is awsome!!!
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:iconianuchu:
Ianuchu Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
it is so beautifull...
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:iconevanjensen:
evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Channeling Axolotl, and northwest Native American iconography?
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:icontiffanyturrill:
tiffanyturrill Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional General Artist
the former, definitely! the latter wasnt really involved, but i can kinda see where you get that :D
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evanjensen Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Neatness.
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