Nuru and Aki

  Hi guys, today I wanted to introduce you to Aki and his tiny big sister Nuru. These two unlikely siblings will go on a long journey to safe their rain forest nation from the Serpent´s life draining powers and the forest spirits will guide them on their way through the thick twilight forest. I added a step by step break down to give you a glimpse into my process. Hope you enjoy the character illustration. :)

Kelpie Waterhorse Sally Gottschalk Fantasy Illustration Creature

Kelpie Steed

I have always found the idea strange that the northern water horse aka kelpie is supposed to look like an actual horse. Everyone who has crossed a river on horseback knows they can swim but they aren´t the best swimmers in the world and horses hate walking through muddy areas where their thin legs sink deep into the ground. I like the idea of him being a real aquatic predator, webbing between his clawed hands and feet, covered with scales and using his strong fish like tale to propel himself through the water like a crocodile in search for prey….

griffin creature illustration by sally gottschalk

Griffin Illustration

Today I want to share my newest illustration Griffin Mom with you. Remember if you ever find a huge nest with big blue eggs, don´t just walk up on it. Momy might be just around the corner. ;) Hope you like it! Below I added some steps for you, so you can take a closer look at my work in progress.