I often buy silly shirts for my husband from shirt.woot.com. They have design contests and it's always fun to see what people come up with. The other day I stumbled upon one I really like called clockwork seahorse. I must admit that I love steam punk. There's something about all the gears and little pieces that fascinates me.
Here is a picture of it:
One thing that I always try to do when designing from an inspiration is to change it lots and make it my own. I can see doing something like this with a different animal and incorporating all the cool gears into the design. Perhaps a turtle or a rhino or a hippo?