This digtial painting was completed in March 2017 for a "mythical beasts" character design class. We determined the concept for the design by rolling dice: I ended up with "squid," "tank," and "WWI..." 

"After Springfield returned from his first mission, the team found the hatch to the Hellmouth sealed tight, and the portholes completely black. Guessing that Springfield had died inside upon his return, the engineers went home, leaving the Hellmouth docked. The next day, the it was gone. One more German destroyer was reportedly sunk by an unknown force, and then another, and another. Weeks turned into years and again, Britain reigned supreme. But surely Springfield had died, the engineering team reasoned, as there were only enough rations inside the machine to last him two weeks - magic or not..."

hellmouth
 

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