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Grendel Ref Sheet by TsaoShin Grendel Ref Sheet by TsaoShin

So! After some reflection and lots of questions on why I have a "monster" for my user icon I decided to create a new oc to represent my artwork :)

The TsaoShin character has been my brand identity for about 10 years now and though its had a long history with me, I feel like it no longer represents the style or subject matter of my artwork (not that I don't or wont draw things like that anymore).

I created this new character based directly on my cat Grendel.  He was an easy choice since he is my muse and is always beside me while I work.

I'll slowly be changing my user icons, banners, and branding across my networks over the next week.  Not really big news but lots of work for me -_-;

See the ref sheet for my other OC Rivers here:
Rivers Ref Sheet by TsaoShin

A drawing of Rivers and Grendel together:
Grendel and Rivers by TsaoShin

Interested in seeing the real life Grendel in action? Check him out on YouTube: youtu.be/wUCjltrf7cs

Created with Adobe Photoshop.

Drawings of TsaoShin:

Escape by TsaoShinThe Duel by TsaoShinDaemon Sculpture by TsaoShinMetamorphosis by TsaoShin

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:iconlugia20711:
Lugia20711 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  New member Student Writer
Clap Clap Clap 
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner May 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
^^
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:iconoci59:
oci59 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015
Is there a chance you could give a professional's comment on my work?   Oci59
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'll take a look when I get a chance :)
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:iconvividiaaa:
Vividiaaa Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Adorable! :]
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :D
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:iconfern5223:
fern5223 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol i like that you said "foof chest" 
ima use that word,my language teacher will be like "i know she's weird ,  but how to she come up with that word" XD
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
haha XD
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:iconommaxie:
OmmaXie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is fan-art of Grendel and Rivers allowed? :'D
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Of course! ^^
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:iconommaxie:
OmmaXie Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AHH,
I'll add to my to-do list because these two are just precious. ;u;
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:icontokyo-kawaii-chan:
tokyo-kawaii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
its sooooooooo kawaiii desuuuu!!!! Junko Enoshima (Kawaii Blush) [V5] Yato and Hiyori (Snuggy) [V1] 
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icontokyo-kawaii-chan:
tokyo-kawaii-chan Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ur welcome :)
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:iconspidermonkey22:
spidermonkey22 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cute :3
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconspidermonkey22:
spidermonkey22 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome. <3
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:iconthe0nlybreadcat:
The0nlybreadcat Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
do you take ref sheet commissions?
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't done one before but I could try it :)
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:iconskyarchfiendmayler:
SkyArchfiendMayler Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wonder if grendel's breed is rare...I wanna get one of them XD so cute XD
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I don't think it's too rare but it's newish :)
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:iconskyarchfiendmayler:
SkyArchfiendMayler Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
well yeah it's not rare in that country...but what breed is he again? XD
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He's a Highland Lynx :)
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:iconskyarchfiendmayler:
SkyArchfiendMayler Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so much for sphynx XD anyway thanks for the help...XD
still cute as pokemon XD
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:iconbananaiguana101:
BananaIguana101 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, a six toed cat, I used to have a cat like that once but he got hit by a car.): Grendel is so cute! What a big fluffy kittie!^^
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah that's sad ><
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:iconbananaiguana101:
BananaIguana101 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah it sucked....How old is Grendel?
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He's almost 6 now :)
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:iconbananaiguana101:
BananaIguana101 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's great! 
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:icondonutmonsteh:
DonutMonsteh Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What's your cat's breed,he's so cute and fluffy! Those ears are adorable~
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He's a Highland Lynx :)  He's super cute ^^
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:icongreystar2000:
Greystar2000 Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Student General Artist
That's my cats name! :D
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oh awesome!
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:iconiunapaw:
Iunapaw Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh, he's so cute. I need to draw him sometime. 0w0
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner May 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
XD That would be awesome!
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LV-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
I think your cat is wonderful, didn't even know lynx-like cats existed.. But the tail docking seems a bit excessive and awful. I see no reason why animal's tail should be cut like that. Especially feline's, since they use it for balance and communicating. (First I thought they had natural bob tails, but then I saw images of same breed with long tail). What do you think of this? (I'm in no way shaming you or anything, you are the owner and know better, of course.)
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  Grendel and other Highlanders have naturally short tails so they aren't docked.  His tail is weird in that all the bones are super short which makes his tail really strong XD  Despite his tail being super small, he's still able to convey a lot of expression through it tail wagging, hard flips, and slow swaying.  I personally wouldn't want a modified tail through docking so I'm glad his is naturally mini but I'd love him even if he had a long tail (or no tail) ^^
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:iconlv-jeanne:
LV-Jeanne Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Ah, I see. Not much info of this breed was available, apparently it is so new.
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah it's pretty new :)  Less than 10 years I think 'o'
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Lilysplash Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014
Aw~! Grendel's just adorable. *w*
He's an adorable kitty in real life, too! If only I had a cat like that.
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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TradishMan Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
He is very adorable and happily, and quite an active cat! I would love to try and sketch him sometime. 
Mind if I do? He looks very fun to draw. I can develop new styles just by sketching your lovely cat, Grendel here:)
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!  I would love if you drew him! :D
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:icontradishman:
TradishMan Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Great! I can't wait to get started on him.
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:iconnuzzies:
nuzzIes Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ooo rad character yess
expect fanart soon
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! ^^
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:iconslappy-snifferdoo:
Slappy-Snifferdoo Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool design! :clap:
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much!
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:iconstar-sprout:
star-sprout Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
omg what a cutie!! i love this character <3
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:icontsaoshin:
TsaoShin Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much :)
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