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August 30, 2009
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Xolo by velvetcat Xolo by velvetcat
My concept of Xolo - a dog who is accompanying the dead in their journey into eternity.
Loyal to every soul and fearless when facing dangers in the world of Death.

P.S. it's completely blind :oops:
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Valhalrion Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2012  Student Filmographer
I love how its blind!! awesome design
SeekerofAwe Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012
Hey ya! Dread Knight allowed me to use this concept for a 3D character.
Have a look at the results if you're interested:
-here: [link]
-here: [link]
-and here: [link]
Have a nice day! Thank you!
velvetcat Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sorry for the late reply.
this looks so cool! amazing job, I love it :heart:
was this concept difficult to model?
SeekerofAwe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Well it gave me some headaches around the head but I managed to get it done. Despite that, I loved the shape of the creature and the fact that it has no eyes, those was the main reasons why I had chosen go for the 3D model. Thanx!
purplend Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Student General Artist
more please.
ArisenDreams Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Ooh wow, fantastic creature concept with an interesting story :boing: really nicely done!
xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not actually a concept with an interesting story. It is a twisted (and very well done!) form of a real dog who is, according to the history of the peoples of Mexico and South America, who is said to accompany the dead through the underworld. The xoloitzcuintli is a hairless dog native to Central and South America that has been around for over 3000 years. When a person died a xolo was sacrificed and buried with them because, in order to cross the underworld, they needed the xolo guide.

There is a river (or rivers, I can't remember) that must be crossed and it is said to remove the sin from one's body. Butterfly xolos (the ones with the round white spots on their legs and bellies) are said to be the xolos who chose to come back to earth and those spots are from where the sin was washed from their bodies from the river.

With all that said, it is easy to see where the inspiration for this piece came from. It is weird and creepy and looks nothing like the beautiful xoloitzcuintli but it definitely has something xolo-ish about it and it is a great piece of art!
ArisenDreams Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Wow, I love myths and legends like that so thanks for this! :aww:
xTorchwoodx Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome :)

I come back to look at this piece often because, while an original concept, there is definitely something obviously xolo about it. It's wonderful :)
Vir-Norin Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like his profile, gesture and zig-zag lines.
I wish i could make so beautiful concept-art before make it 3D. Unfortunately I am a noob in a drawing
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