Friday, December 29, 2006

Phoenix for Illustration Friday



















Two versions of phoenixes, the top one is done in oil pastels, the bottom with dry pastels.

Researching the story of the phoenix, I discovered that it is based in Egyptian mythology, on a bird the Egyptians called the benu, or purple heron. Hence the bottom image.

However, Greek mythology mentions that the bird has red and even gold feathers, as does Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore's phoenix. So, I decided to draw both.

Which do you prefer? I think I prefer the red one.

17 comments:

kimbu said...

Me I likes the top ones too very much so I do, yes I do. Bottom birdie look a bit blurry - like one those flying duck things that you sees in a house like me mum and dad used to have, (and maybe house catch on fire).

Teri C said...

Oh gosh, I love them both! They each have their own wonder.

studio lolo said...

I like them both. The first one is a better composition, but the bottom one speaks more to be because as Phoenix rises from the flames...it becomes cool. (warm to cool tones)Did that make sense? Both are very nice!!

Tiger Mouse said...

I think I like the top one best, although I like the concept of both of them. They're great.

RonniHall said...

I love the colors in both, but I think I am drawn to the first one. Inspiring burst of color and energy in that one.

Caroline said...

Two great Phoenix!

When I got the IF topic my mother-in-law was here and she, as an art teacher, used to set the choice of fire-bird or ice-bird. Looks like you did both!

(And I've not done one yet..)

Pammie said...

Hello Heartful Blogger, love both of your phoenixes, and enjoy looking at the photos of your artwork. I especially like the commentary about what the cat is thinking. Best of 2007 to you!

changapeluda said...

the red one is more vibrant for sure, but i luv the bottom one's determined thrust of the chin. do birds even have chins?!

Happy New Year, Heartful! & congrats on the commission, i wish you many many more!
:0]

HARDWAX said...

Wouldn't either of these be amazing hanging on the wall. I think the Greek idea is more inspiring, I like the colors better, more vivid, umm that red, yes, my favorite is the second or top piece, so freaking creative, it's wonderful!
Happy New Year Heartful

Bethany said...

I like both! Beautiful linework and colours.

Michelle Lana said...

Great work!

steve said...

I really can't decide which I like most--they work great as a pair actually--like a diptych. Now i wanna use some pastels!

emila said...

Nice painting!

scribblesk said...

Love the swirly lines!

Rrramone said...

Definitely the red one. Nice job! And happy new year! :-)

Ariel said...

the red one is vibrant... but the blue one has more simetry(and its calmer looking)

Let's go blue!

ariel

Melissa Connolly said...

This is beautiful! I could look at it for a looong time and see new things... Gorgeous!