My submission for an art illustration competition. A combination of 3D modelling/rendering and 2d painting.
The creature is a Shantak from H.P Lovecraft's Dream-quest of Unknown Kadath. Below is the excerpt I designed it from:
They were not any birds or bats known elsewhere on earth or in dreamland, for they were larger than elephants and had heads like a horse's. Carter knew that they must be the shantak-birds of ill rumour, and wondered no more what evil guardians and nameless sentinels made men avoid the boreal rock desert.
—H. P. Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath