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Mystical Fire Phoenix by Crystal-Ice47 Mystical Fire Phoenix by Crystal-Ice47
After a long silence, I submit something. :D I plan on submitting more often, never meant to go on hiatus at all, but I'll explain about that later. :)

This was something that was inspired my multiple things...the first was when I last went camping back in 2010. Every year, the other family that comes with us brings mystical fire powder(?) to entertain the kids during marshmallow roasting. The kids, aged between 6 months and 12 years, are entertained for a grand total of 35 seconds, maybe a minute if the adults are lucky. I, on the other hand, sat there with a blueberry cooler, staring at the colors for who knows how long. I'm easily entertained, no going to lie. :D
Another factor was that I like colors in general, for those who have seen the apartment, there's a lot of beads, posters, fish tanks (dismantled at the moment, ) and blacklight posters here. Just a bit of background. :)
The final inspiration came about two months ago, which was when I started drawing this, was when browsing DA and seeing different varieties of the phoenix (fire, ice, etc) and thinking back to the fire, thought why not? Its a fire, just with a powder.

The majority of this is improvised; the bird was drawn, and I only had a clear idea of how I wanted the feathers on the tip of the wings to look, everything else just followed suit, though I did have second doubts about some colors, but hey, the fun of experimenting.

The only thing that bugs me is the fire behind the bird's head; the bird was colored first, didn't really think about that till I was coloring in the fire...didn't change it digitally, I'm sure there's a way to do it traditionally. If you guys want to suggest anything for fixing that, I'd appreciate it. The only thing I can think of is white out or paint and I see that making more of a mess. I'll have to remember to look out for that next time. :)

Sorry for the long description, critiques are welcome. :)
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CRPS-Warrior Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
Please could i use this as a background for a graphic designed for CRPS warriors? Thankyou
devilbloody Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesooooome :)
Haydaad Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful colored pencil drawing. I love how you drew the multicolored flames. Fantastic attention to detail and an outstanding job! Thanks for sharing.
JeremyOsborne Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
M-J-Gagne Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Great use of colour. The variation of colour really helps to give a the bird a magical quality. Personally, I wouldn't touch the fire behind its head. It looks fine to me and doesn't take away from the beauty or dramatic atmosphere of the image.

The only thing that looks off about the piece is the position of the bird's eye and the shape of his lower jaw (it looks a bit too squared).
shadowsaurawolf Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful use of colors and its so detailed. Good job!
isischneider Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012   Photographer
fantastic colors,brilliant work. :wow:
TBRae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Student General Artist
this is a beautiful phoenix, i especially love how majestic and powerful it comes off as!
chelano Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is very cool. The colors are intense and the drawing itself is great.
alyssahdawdy Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i WAS going to get this for my little sister BUT one: is not a print available two: it looks too evil and rachel would say "it looks evil!". and three: i only have 30 dollars!
RamirasDragon Featured By Owner May 18, 2012
I think it's awesome!!!
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
I meant to say this in the last comment, realized after I hit the button....Thank you also for the :+fav: :la: I always appreciate them! :heart:
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you!! :)
dragonfuture Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
So beautiful! :heart:
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it! :glomp:
dragonfuture Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
reedymanedkelpie Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful. I like the colors, sense of motion and life, and the subject matter.
For the fire behind the bird's head, you could add several layers of lines of red where the blue is palest. You haven't said what the medium is, but if it's water-insoluble, you could also add a translucent wash of iridescence to highlight the head and create a slight halo affect. It won't show up in photos well at all, but 'in person" the phoenix will shine. You might want to slightly darken some of the shadows in the background flames to make the phoenix burn brighter.
AshenSun Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing colouring there!
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012
Thank you! :la:
PhoenixCelestius Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Student General Artist
This is SO amazing! I love how the wings seem to be glowing!
Champineography Featured By Owner May 13, 2012   General Artist
wow this is great, great detail, is that colored pencils?
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
It is colored pencils, they are faber castell actually.

Thanks for the nice comment :)
NomCookieNom Featured By Owner May 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:heart: :icongreatjobplz:
Crystal-Ice47 Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
Lol, thanks!!! :D
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May 13, 2012
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Date Taken
May 13, 2012, 7:01:40 PM
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