New animal artist Bethany Berg is done with the first official animal of Swordsfall, the Shivasteed! It’s utterly majestic!
The Shivasteed is one of the tallest animals on Tikor, and yet also one of the most gentle. They graze amongst the oldest and deepest parts of Western Garuda, casually gnawing on the top brush. Legends say that a Shivasteed got its name from the only being to ride one, the ancient deity Shiva.
I love all the subtle detail on this animal. The way the light blue flows across them gives them a magical but grounded look that I just love! My goal in Swordsfall is always to have the animals have the same kind of individual flair as humans. But also not just make them look “strange” for no reason.
Also, talk about getting bashed to death, lol. Would NOT mess with one.