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30 Monster Girls - 02 - Centaur by Chaos--Child 30 Monster Girls - 02 - Centaur by Chaos--Child
Decided to do another 30 (insert topic here) challenge, this time it's the monster girl challenge, and rather than do one a day I'm taking my time with this one so they'll pop up a bit sporadically.

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Second we have the Centaur; another Greek creature. Interestingly enough they were originally depicted with a set of normal human legs and a horse's hind quarters sticking out the back. (basically a horse butt attached to your normal butt) They were later changed to the form we are familiar with, the human upper body attached to the body of a horse.

There are a few versions of how they came to be, from them having been the children of a cloud nymph and the king of a human tribe, to a man named Centaurus mating with a herd of wild horses. The name Centaur in fact is made up of the words for goad and bull, suggesting that they were originally cattle herders. The actual origin of the myth is a bit clouded, from mistaking a group of wandering nomads on horse back to be literally joined with their horses, to a myth involving the origins of another name from Centaurs, Kentauros, the word Tauros meaning "piercing bull stickers", in which a group of mounted archers slay a herd of wild bulls that was plaguing their country. Which may be why Centaurs are most often depicted being extremely skilled with spears and bows.

Female centaurs oddly enough are rarely mentioned in the mythology (though they are depicted surprisingly often on pottery) and are called Kentaurides (or Centaurides)

The version I've drawn doesn't really have anything to do with the myths aside from her skill and appearance. I referenced several animals in her design, primarily horses, deer, and gazelles.

Most obviously I've given her probably odd looking feet, I visualized her tribe living in the woods on perhaps a mountain, and large hooves are not often helpful on such unstable terrain, for their body size deer and mountain goats have small hooves. So with her obviously great size I gave her digit-ed feet allowing for easier movement. I've taken the design to her hands as well (though only one finger is visible so it may be hard to tell) instead of ending with a finger nail her fingers end in small hooves like her feet.

And unlike traditional Centaurs who ate meat (some depicted as eating humans) her species eats almost entirely plant matter, supplementing their massive need for protein with insects and on rare occasions small animals or fish.

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Scarecrow113 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I like the way you've drawn her. More horse than human, and with toes... sort of. It's unique.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D I quite like her design too
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Jack-Hoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Weird-Bug Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
That is by far the most original centaur I've ever seen!
I really enjoy your interesting takes on the other monster girls as well, but this one in particular has me captivated.
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I'm having a great amount of fun doing these. Hopefully I'll be able to get back to them soon.
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GeneralSnuggles Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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LedgendaryGnat Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
its different and i like it!
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Chaos--Child Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :D
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ShadowOfNights Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
That spear? D8 Is it made up of her own horns?
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