The Sphinx

Digital illustration of a sphinx with  breasts, angel wings and a halo seen in profile.

*Update: This design is now available for prints and various other products in my RedBubble store.

I was looking at the sphinxes painted by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Gustave Moreau, thinking the transition between human and feline didn’t look quite right. Which made me think it would probably work better if the Sphinx had the body of a hairless cat, also known as Sphynx cat. So I tried drawing it and this is what happened.

Sphinxes are described as having the head of a human, the body of a lion, and the wings of an Eagle. But there are some variations, and this type of variation where the Sphinx also has the breasts of a woman is sometimes known as a French style Sphinx.

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