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Alphabeasts: C is for Cynocephaly and Cwn Annwn!

Do two shitty drawings equal one good one? I sure hope so!


The condition of cynocephaly, having the head of a dog — or of a jackal— is a widely attested mythical phenomenon existing in many different forms and contexts. Cynocephaly was familiar to the Ancient Greeks from representations of the Egyptian gods Hapi (the son of Horus) and Anubis (the Egyptian god of the dead).

In Welsh mythology and folklore, Cŵn Annwn (“hounds of Annwn”) were the spectral hounds of Annwn, the otherworld of Welsh myth. They were associated with a form of the Wild Hunt, presided over by Gwynn ap Nudd. Christians came to dub these mythical creatures as “The Hounds of Hell” or “Dogs of Hell” and theorized they were therefore owned by Satan.

I fell behind last week due to some out of town wedding action and some ATL works stuffs. I did these two as warm ups, but decided to throw some color on them anyways. The dog doesn’t look too bad for being done straight in ink, but the the Cynocephaly just looks terrible. Just look at that left leg….Gugh! Can’t win ’em all I guess.

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3 thoughts on “Alphabeasts: C is for Cynocephaly and Cwn Annwn!
  1. You’re too hard on yourself, I’d love to be that bad on my best day! ;] I think they’re great. I love the extreme color and textures in both.

  2. Thanks for the props Kort! I am pretty happy with the coloring. It’s just some really basic flaws with the drawings that bother me. I think it’s important to not let your ego get in the way of being critical of your work. Picking out what’s wrong with a drawing is probably the most important skill an artist can have. It makes it possible to correct things and forces you to solve problems that a lazier artist might not.

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