This design is of a mythological creature called a Kirin, sometimes called a Chinese or Japanese unicorn. It can be depicted as a unicorn-like animal with an ox's tail, or as a deer-shaped dragon. I thought a Kirin would make a really neat Squishable, especially with a dragon-like belly and a long fluffy mane.
I have been drawing since before I was in preschool. I also love to design and create things (including my own stuffed animals), so I thought this contest was right up my alley. A lot of my art is Japanese-influenced in some way, because Japanese culture is one of my major interests.