After doing some field work in Oman, I came back to school really interested in exploring Persian folklore. So for my 3D character class, I created a variety of designs based on mythological creatures from Persian legends. The design I went with is VERY loosely based off the Manticore. Loosely because the Manticore is most closely similar to the Egyptian Sphinx. But I wanted the character to be more mysterious and shadowy, so I made him more lion-like. I also remember being really into Shadow of the Colossus at the time, so that influence is there too.