Drawing Beasts

Mythical Beasts from Egyptian, Chinese and Greek Mythology, including phrases from each region. It's been a fascinating learning curve working alongside a Doctor of Egyptology (So the hieroglyphs are on point!)

Egyptian... The Ammit

Demoness and goddess in ancient Egyptian religion with a body that was part lion, hippopotamus and crocodile, the three largest ‘man-eating’ animals known to ancient Egyptians. Gold and blue represent Royal colours in Egypt.

Do not be proud just because of your knowledge; instead, consult with the one who hasn’t learnt as well as the one who has. The limits of art cannot be attained; there is no artist whose skill is fully formed. — Ptahhotep

Greek... The Griffin

Mythological creature with the body, tail, and back legs of a lion, the head and wings of an eagle, and an eagle's talons as its front feet.

Every child is an artist ... The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. — Picasso

Chinese... The Lóngguī

A legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four celestial animals of Chinese mythology: the body of a turtle with a dragon is promoted as a positive ornament in Feng Shui, symbolising courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support.

The one whom says it cannot be done should not interrupt the one doing it. — Confucius

Drawing Beasts - Chinese Longgui
Drawing Beasts - Egyptian Ammit
Drawing Beasts - Greek Griffin
Photography by Simon Bernacki