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Grimataur, reaper of innocence

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Oct 8, 2015 | 1:54 PM EDT
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My submission for the October 2015 Jazza's Challenge Of The Month, a Grimataur.

Grimataur is a cryptozoologic beast, belonging to the Grim genus. Like its cousin, the Grimreaper, the Grimataur will harvest souls using a soul orb and a scythe. Unlike the reaper, the taur will leave its victim alive, though changed.
Grimataur lives off the innocence of children, and will harvest the souls of children in the night. They will replace the harvested soul with one from which it already sucked out the innocence, what most would call an adult soul.
Grimataur is the reason we "grow up".

About the art:
I had a lot of fun modelling this, and it was quite challenging. I decided to go with 3D art for this, as the vision I had was a bit too hard for me to draw. It took me about 10 hours from concept to finished product, using a variety of techniques. Most of the work was done in Blender, with touchups in Gimp.

I came up with the idea that the Grimataur is what takes the innocence of children when they grow up right away. I don't know why I thought of it, but it felt like a cool concept. After that, the build of the creature itself sort of just came into my head. I made the model based on a muscular human, with severely exaggerated muscles and deformed facial features. Some parts of the body was squashed, others extended, until it looked more like a creature than a man.
I wanted it to be a mix between a Grim Reaper and a Minotaur, just like the name suggests.