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Sphinx by GENZOMAN Sphinx by GENZOMAN
Hi there guys! here comes a pic Ive done in a stream several months ago, maybe you remember it :). Done for Fenix TCG, The Sphinx. hope you like it.... BTW, if you can, check the upcoming issue of Imagine FX magazine. I done a tutorial there and provided a couple of videos of the whole process, including character and backgrounds, PSD and work process.

bamboo/PSCS3/7 hours/Music: Therion - Seven secrets of the sphinx


A sphinx (Ancient Greek: Σφίγξ /sphinx, Botian: Φίξ /Phix) is a mythical creature with a lion's body and a human head.

The sphinx, in Greek tradition, has the haunches of a lion, the wings of a great bird, and the face and breast of a woman. She is mythicised as treacherous and merciless. Those who cannot answer her riddle suffer a fate typical in such mythological stories, as they are gobbled up whole and eaten by this ravenous monster. Unlike the Greek sphinx which was a woman, the Egyptian sphinx is typically shown as a man (an androsphinx). In addition, the Egyptian sphinx was viewed as benevolent in contrast to the malevolent Greek version and was thought of as a guardian often flanking the entrances to temples.

In European decorative art, the sphinx enjoyed a major revival during the Renaissance. Later, the sphinx image, something very similar to the original Ancient Egyptian concept, was exported into many other cultures, albeit often interpreted quite differently due to translations of descriptions of the originals and the evolution of the concept in relation to other cultural traditions.

Generally the role of sphinxes is associated with architectural structures such as royal tombs or religious temples. The oldest known sphinx was found in Gobekli Tepe, Turkey and was dated to 9,500 BC.

There was a single sphinx in Greek mythology, a unique demon of destruction and bad luck. According to Hesiod, she was a daughter of Orthus and either Echidna or the Chimera, or perhaps even Ceto; according to others, she was a daughter of Echidna and Typhon. All of these are chthonic figures from the earliest of Greek myths, before the Olympians ruled the Greek pantheon. The Sphinx is called Phix (Φίξ) by Hesiod.

The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travellers to allow them passage. The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.

It was said in late lore that Hera or Ares sent the Sphinx from her Ethiopian homeland (the Greeks always remembered the foreign origin of the Sphinx) to Thebes in Greece where she asks all passersby the most famous riddle in history: "Which creature in the morning goes on four legs, at mid-day on two, and in the evening upon three, and the more legs it has, the weaker it be?" She strangled and devoured anyone unable to answer. Oedipus solved the riddle by answering: Manwho crawls on all fours as a baby, then walks on two feet as an adult, and then walks with a cane in old age. An allegorical interpretation is also the development of man from a primitive state (four-footed animal), to self-sustained (two-footed) and finally to stable and mature (see tripod). By some accounts (but much more rarely), there was a second riddle: "There are two sisters: one gives birth to the other and she, in turn, gives birth to the first." The answer is "day and night" (both words are feminine in Greek).

Bested at last, the tale continues, the Sphinx then threw herself from her high rock and died. An alternative version tells that she devoured herself. Thus Oedipus can be recognized as a "liminal" or threshold figure, helping effect the transition between the old religious practices, represented by the death of the Sphinx, and the rise of the new, Olympian gods.
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Geminice Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Lockaut Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2014
she's beautiful!!
SamSamSSR Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
She looks so amazing :O. I thought she was a lamassu ( because of the wings)
eeveelover37 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
its beautiful...
ILuv2BSilly Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
she is amazing

can you look at my work and comment plz…
teeheeteepee Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
In old days her skin probably was pitch black, as was common for people from Nubia/Ethiopia.
Gzo78 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Actually tee you are correct. Most of the pantheonic culture/stories of Greece originated from their best minds traveling to Timbuktu and other "universities" to study in Northern Africa (Egypt {Kemet}, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq etc.) The nose of the Egyptian Sphinx was a full one and was shot of because of racial jealousy. STILL, this is a beautiful piece of art and I faved it because so. 
Shadowdancer12191993 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Really guys? You can't just comment on the beauty of the picture, you have to just focus on her breasts? The picture is stunning.
yarizui Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014
holy crap... that sphinx has some large jugs 0.0
xXCamper61Xx Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
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