So I'm working on a beastie for my university course, it will be modeled in 3D so i'll need to consider every angle and the end result should be something that would fit into the Skyrim universe. I've been through a number of different designs and this one was the favourite, its something like a stocky horse with a lion-like head. I'm thinking about ways to make it look a little more intimidating and vicious but I still want it to keep somewhat of a friendly feel.
At the moment I'm thinking about colour, I'm hoping for some opinions on these colour palettes, which is your favourite and how could they be made better? General crit on anatomy, lighting etc is also welcome. I hope to end up with a number of finished or semi-finished paintings showing the creature from a variety of angles and poses. I really need to get rid of the cartoony-ness too :/