An Oni. Props to google image for the beautiful character rendering. I'm no calligrapher. In retrospect, this looks pretty Mignola, but i'm ok with that. he's a genius. I wanted to do a not-necessarily-evil Yamabushi-style mountain ogre, who has a good story to tell around a campfire, and much traveling to do.
A minotaur. i wanted to do a minotaur character, since i hadn't done one in a while. I took the Assyrian slant, to mix it up, and in homage to their many fantastic sculptures emblemizing cattle as glorified animals.