When I noticed this picture in its own box on your page it made me look deeper into your gallery to find it, just so I could add it to my favorites and comment on it. The Devil May Cry games (1 through 4) are one of my favorite video game series besides Samurai Warriors, and you've definitely made the showdown between Dante and Griffon more epic. It actually took me a few moments to recognize Griffon because he looks so much more intimidating in your painting than he does in the game, and at first I misinterpreted him as the Beastheads from the Devil May Cry 2 novel.
thanks! ^^ this painting is an old one that I made before I owned the DMC1 Graphic Edition artbook, so I think Griffon's face was more of a guess from small and blurry scanned concept arts I could find online at the time. I think his face is slightly different from that in the actual game (he might have 2 less mini beaks). hard to get a good look at him in-game. :>
You're welcome. It's a really good painting. Yeah, I think Griffon has only two mini beaks in the actual game, but I can understand how hard it can be sometimes finding good reference images of characters. When I've tried drawing Dante or Vergil before I find myself looking through my game booklets for anything close to what I want, and I will also scour the two Devil May Cry 3 manga volumes and Devil May Cry 1 and 2 novels for good references. A lot of times I ended up just guessing when I couldn't find anything in the books. It seems that bosses from DMC1 are hard to get good looks at in-game, except during the 30 second cut scenes introducing them or showing their death. ^^' Regular enemies are also difficult to get a bead on (at least in DMC 1 and 2 for me) except for the enemy files in-game.
it was hard getting a look at him in the game and the concept art in the book is kinda confusing too. I collected all the artbooks from the 'classic' DMC games and they come in useful if you draw fanart, (or like me sculpt) as there's usually some character sheets and enemy pictures for each type in them. ^^ but yea, there's guess work or improv involved most of the time. like with the shiyadou (shadow) sketch I did, the pictures of it are fuzzy and the marks on the body aren't defined even though they are supposed to have glyph on their skin. so I just drew my own version of it. xD