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Fawkes the Phoenix

Designed as an art print i sold at armageddon expo last year, i wanted to make my own phoenix design for fawkes based on the book description, key points being;
large swan-sized, red and gold plumage, golden beak and talons, black eyes, long tail, golden tail feathers, gentle herbivores.

since they are herbivores i wanted to reference mostly herbivorous birds and not give it a beak like an eagle as they commonly have. I still used birds of prey for general reference because they look cool.
in the final product the beak is mostly supposed to be like a grouse's beak, the headfluff is inspired by the bearded vulture, with long crest feathers like the secretary bird, and the long tail feather things beside the main tail like the Motmot and the spatuletail hummingbird

eventually i might design another, original phoenix without the constraints of somebody elses description. but i had fun making this and lots of people liked it so im doubly happy!

fawkes the phoenix print i made to sell at armageddon expo in october 2017

fawkes the phoenix print i made to sell at armageddon expo in october 2017

various bird studies from photos

various bird studies from photos

phoenix concept doodles, some heavily referencing photos of actual birds, but with a bunch of elements changed.

phoenix concept doodles, some heavily referencing photos of actual birds, but with a bunch of elements changed.