We had a drawing class with the marvellous Maryclare in the British Museum. I spent time in the Islamic Art section and the Japan section. The drawing below is copied from a 15th Century dish. It was painted in a deep blue onto a white glaze. Some Islamic painting was really influential in the early stages of the development of my creature, so it was nice to learn more about it and see another graceful bearded animal.
Character Sheets for my quadruped creature Fahad. His has an arabic man’s name, that also means Lynx. There are elements of cat, dog, goat, deer and even bird in him. I really enjoyed going back to a paint brush, it really helped express something of the specific nature of this creature. At once ethereal, elemental and evanescent.
“A hint of dove-like and tiger-like
qualities shone in his dark eyes.”