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Pandorama by windfalcon Pandorama by windfalcon
A commission for ~swandog for her husband, ~sayh, of his Panduck character! :D He's a Mandarin duck/red panda gryphon who also loves puns. There are various "pan" items throughout the forest - can you find them all?

After doing this painting I can definitely say I've gained an appreciation for the beauty of Mandarin ducks - I didn't know any creature could be so colorful!

Panduck is © to ~sayh - check out all his awesome photography!
Art is © me

Ink, watercolor, and a bit of white gouache on hot-press Arches watercolor paper, 9X12 inches
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Given 2009-07-07
Pandorama by =windfalcon is very enchanting and serene. The picture speaks for itself, with music and the calming sounds of the forest. You can almost hear the water running, and the birds chirping! ( Featured by Katmomma )
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sylversin Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is not a gryphon. a gryphon is strictly a mix of feline and bird. period. this is a chimera.
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swandog Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Actually no...a gryphon, even the ancient ones, were often mixes of various other things besides just lion and eagle; some of them had the hind-parts of a dog, and others had a serpent's tail, or a camel's tail. They've been depicted with both horse/wild ass ears and floppy spaniel ears. Sometimes they had a goat's beard under their beaks, or a mane covering their necks, or lacked wings, or had spikes instead of wings. The beak has been shown as both sharp and soft, often with teeth or tusks. They've been depicted with two horns or a decorative knob on their heads. And then there are all the gryphon relatives, such as hippogryphs, opinici, keythongs, simurghs and more, all of which look very close to gryphons, but are mixes of creatures other than simply lion and eagle. So no one can definitively say what exactly a gryphon (or dragon, or any other mythical beast) is or isn't, because their appearance has changed from culture to culture and from time period to time period, and are still changing today. 
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sylversin Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Can you show me this lore. Oh wait. No your mixing up hypogryphs and griffins. They are not the same.
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swandog Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
If you read my comment, I said "gryphon relatives, which look very close to gryphons", which hippogryphs do. There's also the Hieracosphinx (forgot to include them). There is lots of scholarly gryphon lore out there, for those who want to study it: gryphonpages.com/bibliography/ (My highest recommendation would be Joe Nigg's "Book of Gryphons", which I used to own, and sadly lost during a move: www.amazon.com/gp/product/0918… .) 
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Lycondemon Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow what a pretty painting. Looks so magical and peaceful a place I would love to live in.
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Everch Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love hidden pictures! It took me awhile, but I found: pan pipes, a pan (as in ‘fawn’), a pair of pants, pansies, Pandora’s box, a panel, a panda, a frying pan, and pancakes. I found the panther last of all. I had to read the comments to understand ‘swanpan’ and ‘pan’ bread though. Is there anything else I missed? I’m sure I see something in the right branch of the left tree. Did you hide something in the knotholes or tree bark? Also, there seems to be a flying bat above the flowers that are next to the pancakes. Great picture! I had fun looking for all the hidden things.
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's very unusual but nice. :)
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Hilatious Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Haha--what an animal combination :-)
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Interesting Creature!!! Incredible Art!!
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00alisa00 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009   Digital Artist
Brilliant work!
very well detailed and full of beautiful colors!
congrats on your DD! :)
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Scarefish Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful
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world-of-zekira Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Hehehe, I recognized that critter! :D Great work!
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Blue-Fur Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
remind me of platypus.
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Flora453 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Hahaha, this is amazing! It's so cute >w<
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Mekki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
The character is very creative, the colour scheme is fantastic and the scene is really nice!
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joshluckstone Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student
bery intresthing you have a great mind and thats good
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DD-2D Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Really the concept on this one, and how you put it. Nice work =)
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SerinaTrunstall Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
i see a panda!!
this entire composition is absolutely adorable^^
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MsMistoffolees Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
wooooooooooooooooooooow....
i so like that.
you must have had a lot time working on that.
grat
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Shadow-Wolf Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Oh how wonderful, congratulations on the daily deviation! I love the dark foresty lighting in this one that you achieved by using veeerry dark shadow areas. Nicely done!
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm still trying to get the hang of it, and hopefully my frequent outings to wooded areas will help!
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Kirby65 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
It's so beautiful!
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Be-Happy-And-Dance Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
I love the colours.
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bikemerc Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
awesome painting!

do you hunt them during duck season or varmint season?

call him in with a pan flute album?
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KrazyKakashi234 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Oooh very nice and unique there, love the shades of green and that creature you've drawn, he/she's pretty cool looking :D
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree - ~sayh's Panduck is a very awesome character. He was very fun to paint! :)
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KrazyKakashi234 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Haha I can imagine, and I see lolo, I thought it was your own creation tbh >_<. Excellent job with painting it though, its really nice regardless :P
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kowaii-lil-Anyay Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Excelent. Love the colours and how the... wee guy was drawn - very interesting and lovely!
Love the wee "easter egg" there too :D
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Mermaid-Yuki Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
That is so beautiful. I love it!
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Pikasdplode Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
*speechles*
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Double-Echo Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconlolwutplz: Very odd creature that he's made. xD

But this is a very good painting! I like all of the little details. It's obvious you put a lot of time into this! :)
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muse4ever Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
I love how you have worked with that background!
Looks wonderful!
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Blue-Paper Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
XD love the pun concept. how many are there hidden in there? I see: panda, pansies, pan flute, pandora's box, pancakes, and something that looks like bread so... panini?
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
It could be panini, though I was going for the general term 'pan' which means 'bread' in several languages. :D
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Linzys Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
I thought it was a football. xD I was like 'whaat?'
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razzell2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
cool
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stonedragon317 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
pan is japanese for bread ! I love this picture da xiong mao the panda made of leaves is beautiful he could be a masterpiece all his own! ^^
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Theme3 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Amazing, I like this.. It's like one of those pictures you look on for ages and still find something new. I'm half expecting to find Wally along with all the stuff hidden there :P I like the way you themed it with "pan"! :D
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Madkazer Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009  Student Filmographer
OMG AWESOME STUFF HERE!
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Amaranthium Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
Such awesome work :love:
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Ff-7 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2009
So much details *.*
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apeman505 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009
Wow!! This is super magnificent!! I can't find all the stuff though, I don't know how they're "pan" items! (Pain was a good one though! :))
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   General Artist
I think I do see the panther now - Above the gryphon's head? And I see someone else said Pandora's box, so that's what that box is :lol: Dunno if the things at the top right are supposed to be panels haha.
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2009   General Artist
Wow, what a piece of genius!! :D PLUS red pandas and mandarin ducks are two of my most fave animals :love: I saw the panpipes? Right? Pansies. :love: Panda!!! Someone mentioned a panther, but I'm still looking for that ;P Is that Pan in the background??
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iggygirl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
Awesome creature. I love the background, it's very detailed, I especially love the trees.
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Athemia Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2009
I SEE PANTHER!
those little details are so awesome. and his pose is incredibly cute too :XD:
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RaptorArts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Very nice! I must say that I have never seen this form of "gryphon?" before. Love your colors and style :)
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
A very whimsical watercolor painting. I found most of the hidden objects that have to do with the word "pan". The leaves of the trees are just amazing. I'm glad that you had a lot of fun! :hug:
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windfalcon Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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LovelyLadyGray Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Welcomes! =D *I'm doing watercolor painting again & it's SUCH a magical media! :highfive:
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