I did this painting as a fun personal portfolio piece. I studied plenty of water and waves references from a surfing magazine. The creature is a cross between a dog and a bird hence the name "Gryphterrier". The difference between the Gryphterrier and the Gryphon is that it doesn't have wings! At least for now.
They both were trying to swim across the dangerous waters but were ambushed by those ferocious red eyed monster piranhas!
Done completely in Photoshop. Thank you for viewing.