As promised, I have some progress to show on the Lava Creature.
I took sometime to compare the horse images to my original sketch, loosened up my art hand, and then went to town. At the end of the day I also looked at several images of dogs, including getting my own dog to pose.
I also took sometime to block in what I may decide to do for the background. I also got rid of the rider for now, as I will spend some time defining him and then designing him.