First off, I'd like to thank Rockerbot on DA for creating an RSS feed for LJ. For thanks, I've drawn you a few sketches of your griffon character.
Of course, I had to take advantage of this for the first serious entry in the blog, so I posted both tries in sketching the character. Here is the first try:
In evaluation of the character, I made a general sketch concerning his design. Normally, whenever I try to jump into drawing a character, it turns out less lively than if I had continued with a brand new sketch. The first step is simply exploration, what works and what can be exaggerated. I also think of ways to show personality and how far I can push the design in mechanics.
However, there are many cases where there is only time for a first sketch,
With all of this in mind, the first try of the character was truly a practice run. After exploring te character's design, I was able to draw a much better picture:
You can easily see how much more motion is included in the second try. I decided to take advantage of the griffon's wings for a sense of movement(notice the fold on the tips). The griffon is excited as well, appearing to enjoy his or her flight through the sky. Perspective is used as well to develop a 3D illusion.
In conclusion, I've made a note to myself: always try a second time, a third, or even a fourth if you can. Always explore your options.
Lastly, I hope that Rockerbot enjoys the finished sketch!