I admit I haven't worked on this as much time as I should have. But my visions are always a little messy and here goes my enterpretation of Blackshade's hell hounds.
(forgive me for the messy paper I draw on)
1) first of all, what is a hell hound without something demoniac in it? Bones' n' horns are the first thing that came to my mind and inspired me.
Indeed I wanted to put into their bodies more metal: chains, gears and prosthetics so I happened to research the anatomical body of a real hound.
But at the end I kept it simple, since everytime Blackshade came with his hounds, I figured out that they were actually simple in their shape and....interiors.
2) So here I came out with a final outcome of how I picture the hell hounds in my mind. This is actually an Elite Hound, probably the most majestic and sneaky.
(I haven't figured them as powerful beasts but I preferred to keep them more silent and slim)
I also pictured them in animal traps because I like the idea of them sleeping inside....completely fearless. (I already fear people saying that it's a mixture between a goat and a horse *laughs*)
3) And here comes my favorite part : I pictured them relaxed during their free time playing hell-chess, looking at the time and waiting for their master to come.
And the pups! Once in a while Blackshade comes with his hell hounds and pups and I always feared them and stayed alert. But I was encouraged to pictured them in the most harmless way possible.
So here came the inspiration for them to be so.....cute :rolleyes:
I attached to this message a bonus : a page with all my preliminary sketches. Have fun :)