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Rebirth Flame by Vyrilien Rebirth Flame by Vyrilien
Rebirth Flame

The phoenix is one of those subjects, like the Dragon, that I'll most likely keep returning to simply because there are so many different ways of depicting them and it stays an interesting subject to keep experimenting with. Next time I'd like to try it with a longer neck, like a heron's, because I'm not sure how I feel about this eagle/peacock hybrid thing.

This was originally a pencil drawing I did somewhere in 2009 as a gift for my Mom's birthday. I promised her to colour it one day, but I never got around to it up until now. With her fiftieth birthday this year I felt I should finish it and I did -which is pretty miraculous I might add. I had to change quite a few things to the sketch though; it was wonkier than I remembered it.

It was a lot of fun to paint though. I loved doing the little detailing. It was fun until I got to the point where I wanted to drastically redo all the colours because I thought it looked boringly monochromatic anyway. You should see the many different versions I have of this. I have one girly pink-like version complete with a background full with flowers and pretty, swirly petals. After several terrible experiments it turned out it was best as it was. I tried. Not happy with the use of negative space, but I'll keep that in mind for future works!

~Vyrilien

Time Taken: 15-ish hours? Who am I kidding? I have no idea.
Tools used: some pencil and paper, Photoshop CS3, Corel Painter Essentials 3, Wacom Intuos 2
WIP: [link]

P.S. Are your retinas burning yet from all those unholy bright and overly saturated colours? Yes? You're welcome.
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:iconalexandrevla:
Alexandrevla Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist Photographer
It's..so beautiful! I love the detail!! Wonderful job~ :la:
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urban-goddess Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  New member Professional Writer
How would you feel about this becoming a book cover? urban-goddess@hotmail.com
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bushsbunny Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it! I could never get enough Phoenixes! Have you tried using Flame Painter? I bet you'd wow me to death making a phoenix with that! But yes, keep making phoenixes and I will continue to fave them! :D
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skylineita Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Don't know what to say... That's terrific!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Much appreciated :)
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:iconmermaliorx:
MermaliorX Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
wow
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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davidbrucedavis Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely stunning!  I'm right there with serNik00's comment.  Wow.  :)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That means a lot to me! Thank you so much :)
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's amazing!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :heart:
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:iconninjaweretiger:
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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serNik00 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
Wow, this is by far the most amazing representation of the phoenix I have ever seen!!! You're very talented, keep up the good work :)
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most honoured by your compliment, thank you! :)
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Nightscale12 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
This piece is breathtaking!  It is as if you have glimpsed the soul, and have found a way to sew it onto paper.  It's like a photograph from a dream.  I love it!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful comment. Thank you so much :heart:
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:iconmorriganavalon:
Morriganavalon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
I adore this work. Could I put it on a shirt? I need a good picture for a work next week.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm very happy that you like my work! However, I'm afraid I'll have to deny your request. I'm okay with people printing my picture out on paper for their own use. But once it gets into commercial territories, I'm afraid I'm not as accomodating. I hope you understand. 
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Morriganavalon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
Could I use this picture to put on a shirt .... PLEASE?<3
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ShinpanX Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! This is why the phoenix is my favorite mythical creature.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Glad you approve of my rendition of the phoenix :)
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:icondmerlinarts:
DMerlinArts Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, this is so nice.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
Great work. What's up?
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:iconbrechnuss:
brechnuss Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
rich on details, perfect work!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:icononyx-philomel:
Onyx-Philomel Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
The Firebird Suite resounded in my mind when I saw this.
Very cool. :horns:
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:iconmonika48:
Monika48 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its beautiful
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:iconygl3333:
ygl3333 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013
你肯定是中国人吧
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:iconpsychedeliczen:
psychedeliczen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Magnificent phoenix! I just love all the little details in the feathers!
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:iconmineriva:
Mineriva Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The picture is beautiful as it is. The colors are chosen well and the details in the feathers and wings are awesome.
Nice work.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much~! :)
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:iconstinnen:
Stinnen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
It's so beautiful
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~!
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xavianaxw Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Man this is sexy beautiful gorgeous D:
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw thank you~! :love:
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teresagill63 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I adore the phoenix. It has huge meaning in my life. I am always looking for pics of the phoenix and this is exactly what I love. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. It is amazing.
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful comment! Thank you for appreciating! :heart:
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:iconkenouni-renashin:
Kenouni-Renashin Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
Absolutely gorgeous.
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:iconlandgart:
LandGart Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is beautiful!
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:iconga-rth:
gA-rth Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Just breathtaking!
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :heart:
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truelightwarrior Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
So amazing.. Love it. You have such talent!!
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auntycc Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
beautiful art work, stunning
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so very much! :)
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:iconmaravilla97:
MaraVilla97 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Just... Amazing *O*
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! <3
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MissTuliharja Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is simply fantastic! I really like the peacock-like feathes you've put. This is really fantastic. ^^
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:icondarksoulyshiroyuki:
Darksoulyshiroyuki Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student General Artist
Wow, very nice!! All those feathers and details...
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:iconvyrilien:
Vyrilien Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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