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.