A monster from Gene Wolfe's masterful series, 'The Book of the New Sun.' This creature assumes the memories of its prey. The lady of the house has just thrown open the door, overjoyed that her husband is safe and sound at the threshold... but the Alzabo speaks in the voices of those it eats. She could have avoided this by investing in a peephole.
Final Image -- redesigned head quite a bit from sketch.
The fur was done with custom brushes in Illustrator - the rest was done in Photoshop.