The island spools out beneath the moonlight. We gallop parallel to the cliff edge, and beyond it I see a flock of white birds keeping pace with us. Gulls, perhaps, soaring and gliding on air currents that send them violently upward as they get close to the rocks. This is Thisby, I think. This is the island I love. I suddenly feel I know everything about the island and everything about me all at the same time, only I know that it will go away as soon as we stop. ―The Scorpio Races, Maggie Stiefvater
this was just supposed to be a sketch but then I got carried away….a lot…but anyway I think this is the final design for my take on a Kelpie. I wanted it to be more monster like than they are usually depicted since they are demons that….disembowel children. At least in most cases. There are some nice ones in legends too so I wanna see how far I can take designing maybe like, different forms of them and stuff. As well as HOOMAN forms?? I dunno we’ll see.
Samshin-Halmang (삼신 할머니) is the Korean goddess of life and childbirth.
She was once a human girl, but after winning the flower-blooming contest (flowers symbolize life in Korean mythology) between her and the Dragon Lord’s daughter, she became the Goddess charged with pregnancy and delivering of babies. She protects babies and mothers from harm, and is the patron of midwives. It is said that after midwives die, they become spirits called ‘Samshin’ and help Samshin-halmang.
Atalanta, in Greek mythology, was a renowned and swift-footed huntress, a favorite of goddess Artemis. Abandoned in the wilderness as a baby, a she-bear suckled her to health, and she was later raised by hunters. She swears an oath of virginity to Artemis but is forced to marry when reunited with her father. Her marriage to Melanion is a short one and ends with the pair transformed into lions as a result of laying in a sacred temple of the gods.