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After deciding to actually get into the holiday spirit and do a card this year, I came up with this joyful gryphon, spreading cheer (as well as berries and acorns) through the winter forest. :D

I just wanted to do something happy and fun, and a pen-and-ink and watercolor gryphon seemed in order. I've learned a lot about inking from my Drawing for Sequential Art class. Yes, I'm an illustration major, but the Drawing for Sequential class is INCREDIBLY helpful for illustrators. On top of constructive anatomy, I also learned a lot about perspective and inking.

I'll be using this image for my Yule/Christmas/Holiday cards this year!

Holbein ink and watercolor on cold-press Arches watercolor paper, 7.5 X 10.5 inches
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:icongryphonic19:
gryphonic19 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Gorgeous!
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:iconbaneeden:
BaneEden Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student General Artist
Beautiful! :heart:
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:icondpdesautels:
dpdesautels Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
Delightful!
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:iconsakuranakamura:
SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful!
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:iconamyhooton:
amyhooton Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Featured in my journal today... [link] :santa:
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:iconevolvana:
Evolvana Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011   Digital Artist
It is featured here :) [link]
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:iconwintersmagic:
wintersmagic Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, featured:[link]
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:iconemberroseart:
EmberRoseArt Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010
Featured>/b> [link] :heart::holly:
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:iconthe-fox-of-wonders:
The-fox-of-wonders Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
An early 'merry christmas' for you all, best wishes!

(I saw the submission date, but whatever, for this year...)
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:iconvampyre-lover:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010
STUNNING!!! ABSOLUTELY STUNNING WORK!!!
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:iconstrahdur:
strahdur Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
fave this is amasing
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconstrahdur:
strahdur Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
no prob
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:iconmusclewomen-planet:
MuscleWomen-Planet Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2009
Beautiful! :thumbsup:

I don't know what a gryphon is, but he kinda reminds me of a flying cat!
I made up flying cats in my imagination way back in the 1960s.

This is a picture of flying cats way over the Pacific Ocean (drawn 1970). It is not very good, but it captures the spirit, maybe.

This picture features a big muscle woman overpowering a guy, but cat-hawks can be seen way to the right, still yoked to a "sky-chariot".

And in this picture, cat-hawks are seen in action. Again, a big, hulking, rough (and topless) lady is featured, but the cat-hawks are clearly seen, yoked to sky chariots, flying thousands of feet over the mountains.

None of these even approach yours in technique or artistic ability, but they're curious anyway.

Watch out for that last one, toplessness. I come from the muscle-women-admiring part of DA. I stumbled into "your area" of DA and was most impressed by your bird paintings. Really, really good!
:thumbsup: :nod:
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ladyarah Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome job! I just wanted to let you know that I featured this in "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 17 - Griffin", you can find it here: [link]
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:iconluvloz:
LuvLoz Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the rich colouring of the feathers/fur.
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:iconmerystic:
Merystic Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009
Wow, that is masterfully done, and definitely fit for a card! Just beauiful!
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:icontheslink:
theSlink Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2009
Truly beautiful.
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:icontnhawke:
TNHawke Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Lovely! Redtail/ cougar?
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
It's inspired a bit by both, though I got a bit creative and made it different in ways. :)
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:icontnhawke:
TNHawke Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008
::nod:: I can see the artistic license. I love it.
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:iconluthiennightwolf:
LuthienNightwolf Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008
Hello! I gave your art a mention in my journal. =)

:holly: Merry Yule! :holly:
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:iconkinggiantess:
KingGiantess Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
The detail on the feathers is gorgeous! Wonderful work. ^^ Your birds are always a joy to look at.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconviimeinenhevonen:
ViimeinenHevonen Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2008
Great job! I love it!
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:iconjeriweaver:
jeriweaver Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow that is fantastic!
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
WOW :D I LOVE it :D Its SO totally reminds me of those christmas book illustrations that you treasure your whole life, while having its own fantasy twist :D
Brilliant! I adore it :D
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
I'd like to send you one of the cards. :D But I'm not sure if I have your current address. Could you note it to me?
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:iconmarker-guru:
Marker-Guru Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
GOLLY!!! thank you :D Note sent
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2008
amazing work! I love it :D
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:iconnurak:
Nurak Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008
What a beautiful image. I love how the wings came out and all the details. :) I wouldn't mind to see this guy around the next days. :3
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:iconbravebabysitter:
BraveBabysitter Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
beautiful job :)
happy holidays :D
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:iconremige:
Remige Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008
Eeeeee! CHRISTMAS GRYPHON! :love:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
YAY! :D
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional General Artist
What a lovely design! The colours and shading in this are really well done - so nice and bright - and the composition is great :heart: ^^ :+fav:
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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:iconmegcowley:
megcowley Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
You're welcome ^^
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:iconchatonrose:
ChatonRose Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful!
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:iconjudithmayr:
JudithMayr Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He's wonderful. I love his feather pattern and that joyful expression on his face. Awesome job, lovey!
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Heh, let's hope it's not smiling because it ate a cardinal or something. That's what my friend suggested.
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AngelaSasser Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
and just so I won't be one of those drive by favers, I'll leave a comment tooXD Wow this is just awesome! I really like how his wings really seem to be coming out towards the viewer. I think it's literally the best perspective I've seen you do, as far as wings go. The holly collar is a lovely touch, as are the warm colors amidst the cool snow and pine. It's just perfect:)
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:iconjmoona:
JMoona Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
amazing. :) the way you did the fur is awesome.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! I usually have trouble with fur.
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:iconjmoona:
JMoona Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
no problem. REally? I like to do furs. Specially the realistic fur. :D And I think your fur is awesome. ^_^ Maybe you should make a tutorial. I have made one... :XD: For helping the new artists. :D
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:iconphearkiki:
PhearKiki Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Very pretty, love the colors. :>
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:iconitsxmagik:
ItsxMagik Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Wow, it's amazing! :wow: Great for the holiday cheer.
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:iconzephyri:
Zephyri Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
This is a really lovely piece from you m'dear. You really can tell that this is a subject you adore painting, but on a technical note, the classes are definitely improving your stuff no end, I love the way he pops right off the background but without feeling detached from it either.
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:iconwindfalcon:
windfalcon Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
That's one of the inking techniques I learned - giving close things a bolder edge than and things farther away. If there was any inking in the background, the lines would have been very fine. I'm still getting the hang of it, but I think it worked well! :D
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LeeAnneKortus Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely Gorgeous! :clap: what a beautiful card!!

Merry Christmas! :santa:
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:iconmalaflamme:
malaflamme Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2008
Very cool.
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