I decided to try my hand and designing a chimera paper standee. I just about bite of more than I could chew :). The chimera is really four different critters all rolled into one and I struggled a lot with drawing the lion and dragon parts of the chimera. Before I started drawing the Chimera I hunted around the net for some inspiration in the end I used this picture along with D&D Chimera mini and picture in the 4ed monster manual to provide inspiration.
Then I started drawing, I ended up with piles of failed dragon,lion heads and wings. I followed quiet few tutorials over at Dragoart and in the end between their and plenty of practice I ended up with about 5 different okay looking drawings. I scanned these in and then traced them in inkscape. After assembling the drawings in inkscape I ended up with the below (colour was added just to stop me getting confused):
I had not digitized the wings or the tail at that point. I finished drawing a set of wings I was happy with and also lengthened the legs a little. I also changed the lion from having a close mouth to a roaring/biting mouth, The 2nd picture below also show’s the mini in an almost completed colouring state:
As you can see the colouring really helps make the mini look much better. There are plenty of things I’m not happy with on the drawing but if I waited until I got everything perfect I’d never get anything done, plus practice makes perfect…or so they say :). Once I had a front I was happy with I proceeded to create a matching rear. I do apologize for the spartaness of the rear side but I was a little burnt out after all the effort I had to put into the front of the Chimera. I decided to do a version of the Chimera rampant as well and below you can see the two types side by side. As I can fit 3 of each type to a page I have also done a blue and green dragon coloured version:
I pushed the brightness and contrast up a little after the above test ones were printed and cut as they seemed a little to dark on print out. The GSD and PDF’s are below you can also find the finished mini’s on the static papercraft page:
Also avaliable at 4shared as a zip:
If they print out to bright let me know and I’ll upload a more toned down version.