Menqilin is a rarely sighted legendary creature, considered by folklorists to be the “companion to the gods”. Its solitary horn is a powerful electric conductor, channeling lightning from the clouds, which it can release in powerful bursts. Menqilin often come to the aid of creatures in need but never seek out conflict. The creature’s molted scales are prized possessions amongst those who indulge in folklore. Menqilin have never been sighted when not running.
character design was difficult this week because my mind kept telling me it was titan ae fanart time
no but really
the assignment was to research and appropriate a nonwestern culture to create a protagonist and antagonist without playing dress-up with the traditional clothing of that culture. I went as far back as I could think of (Sumer and the Akkadian Empire) so I wouldn’t feel like as much of an ignorant jerk for screwing around with it??
but basically after researching and sketching forever I overthought it and ended up throwing patterns everywhere. I’m only happy with these because they remind me that I really need to finish Ico