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!
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
P.S. Are your retinas burning yet from all those unholy bright and overly saturated colours? Yes? You're welcome.