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Ratramnus and the Cynocephalus by redwattlebird Ratramnus and the Cynocephalus by redwattlebird
I was feeling kinda guilty I haven't uploaded much else except for comics and cartoons lately. So I whipped this up quickly. I wanted to draw something happy and impressionistic. <3 There are some things that really bug me but I did just sort of charge straight into it.

As a project for my holidays, I'm translating an old 9th century letter from Latin into English. It's called the "Epistola De Cynocephalis", or "Letter of the Dog-Headed people", and it talks about whether people who have dog heads should be considered a kind of human or not. And the writer says they should be treated like people. It's a bit of a surreal experience. xD

If you're curious, here's where I'm posting my translation as a go along: [link] I couldn't find any complete English translation of it, and I'm more used to translating Classical Latin, so if you have any knowledge of Medieval Latin at all I really welcome any advice/corrections that you want to give.
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Morianrhod Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that you've captured the essence of the statement well in a appealing and harmonious way. The way that the neck doesn't just stop abruptly between dog head and man's body has added to the character of the Kynokephalos well, it is a well designed character.
I'm in love with the paintstroke style here- something that really adds to the impressionistic feel here, which also adds a rustic feel as well.
Just a point I'd like to make- the disappearance of the man's left hand is a little intriguing, but does not immediately jump out to the viewer.
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redwattlebird Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you liked the brushstrokes, they're very enjoyable to lay down. And I like it that you said it has a rustic feel, because in his letter he does talk about how the Cynocephali are farmers.
Heh, I was a little lazy about where to place the man's left arm and hand. ^^; The perspective and overlapping are a little dodgy, but then I probably should have drawn a sketch of their pose first to work it all out.
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