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January 19, 2009
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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 )
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.
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. 
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.
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: (My highest recommendation would be Joe Nigg's "Book of Gryphons", which I used to own, and sadly lost during a move:… .) 
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.
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.
CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That's very unusual but nice. :)
Hilatious Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2011
Haha--what an animal combination :-)
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
Interesting Creature!!! Incredible Art!!
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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