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The basilisk is a european monster, said to hatch from an egg laid by a rooster and incubated by a lizard....
Another animal, called a Cocatrice, is seemingly almost interchangeable with the Basilisk, though the Cocatrice is hatched from an egg laid by a lizard and hatched by a rooster... Both can turn men to stone with a look, curdle milk and whatnot. Supposedly the only creature able to stand up to them is the Weasel, because of it's smell!

Sometimes a Basilisk is depicted as more lizard-like, or without wings, but often the basilisk and cocatrice are identical and the words are used interchangeably. Thought to be more of an alchemical creature- meaning it wasn't necessarily believed to be REAL but used as a metaphor for some chemical/magical transformation.

Not to be confused with the real live Basilisk lizard which has a frilled collar flap and took it's name after the mythical beastie, I believe..
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Celestialhost Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really good Basilisk drawing.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I reall really thank you :)
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's fine, your drawing is very amazing considering that I was on a basilisk picture hunt and it was one of the only ones I really liked.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:)
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's a very detailed and awesome drawing. I like how you sort of put the basilisk in a frame, and FINALLY someone has come along that knows what the real basilisk looks like and hasn't been so strongly influenced by Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Never read hp, but I don't think that new interpretations are all bad, necessarily... I just like to draw my inspiration from some historical points. The book will be out in December, with a little more info on each and more drawings, to be sure.
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Samuraibot Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What, what, what, what, what, what, what. You mean to tell me that you have not read a single sentence in the vast vineyard of sentences in the Harry Potter Series?

PLEASE SHOW A JOYOUS FACE IN REPLY TO CONFIRM SPOILER-NEED, FOR I HAVE BEEN ITCHING TO JUST SPIT OUT SO MANY FACTS THAT I KNOW.
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
err.... I am FAMILIAR with the HP stuff, I just was never interested in reading them.. When they came out their target audience was really a much younger crowd. I like the idea of them, they certainly got a lot of kids reading, and interested in magic and mythology. So win for them! I just have a hard time wanting to invest my reading hours to a book that was meant for teens and tweens. I read a lot of nonfiction and history, or when I get around to fun stuff I will read modern fantasy, like Patricia Briggs or Charlaine Harris (and no, I don't watch the TV versions).
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SilverVulpine Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
You don't see too many Cockatrice's in art today.

Nice work, my friend! :)
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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Recherche-Misfit Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
This is incredibly detailed, and I admire every touch of finesse and style you've drawn in this. It reflects an older style, like what you'd find in the early century and is perfect to represent the mythological creatures from that era.

The feathers and scales have varied depth and I LOVE that. You've done an amazing job! :clap:

I believe the basilisk lizard is also called the "Jesus Lizard", because of its ability to run like a biped across the water with its light body weight -for roughly 5 meters, then it sinks and swims :) I love those little guys <3

*Ahem* I digress. I love this artwork, excellent job!!
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felixxkatt Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks!
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