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Jan: One-For-Silence by TheAntimonyElement Jan: One-For-Silence by TheAntimonyElement
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Oookay, I'm seriously late with this, but you didn't know about it so you can't yell at me! ;P

I've been thinking that I want to do a "themed" gryphon portrait for each month this year, and then be able to do a nice calendar in December out of them. I'll put it on sale here if anybody actually wants to buy it, but mostly I think it'll make an easy gift for my relatives. ;)

So: here is January's pic! The gryphon is a hybrid between a Great Grey owl and a lynx, and her name is One-For-Silence. I'd like to put up a little background for each character and piece when I think of one, so possibly a blurb here later!

This. Pic. Killed. Me.
Dead.
Usually my traditional artworks are finished in around 5-6 hours; this one took me FAR longer. (I actually have been working on it since January). I don't even know how long those trees/rocks/water/snow took me. I *hate* drawing trees/rocks/water/snow; why did I do this to myself???? :faint: And I used up at least half of my white ink; gotta visit DickBlick at some point soon.

So, media stuff: gryphon/trees in Faber Castell pencil, rocks, water, and pine trees with Portfolio pastel, and pretty much everything else in india ink, with a bit of white gel pen on the icicles. I :heart: white ink--it's really amazing. (And probably highly toxic, from the amount of shaking you have to do to get all the separated chemicals mixed back together, but oh well ;P ) I think that's it; I'm really really proud of this piece. I keep wanting to get the snow whiter, but if I keep it up I'm going to wear a hole through my drawing pad. :lol: So this is how it is. Enjoy! (And probably expect another pic sometime during Feb, although it depends on my school-workload) :)

Other months:
Feb: Two-For-Hope
Mar: Three-For-Solitude
Apr: Four-For-Survival
May: Five-For-Secrets
Jun: Six-For-Beauty
July: Seven-For-Joy
Aug: Eight-For-Duty
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DarkAcey Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how creative this gryphon is! I've always loved the idea of birds combined with other animals, but this combination is the best I've seen yet. 
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Dragoness17 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You draw griffs? So do I! (As you already found out ;P)

We are griff-drawing buddies! 8D

Beautiful work btw :3
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist
Amazing.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :D
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Hobbyist
Haha, your welcome ! :D
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Burtonized Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010  Hobbyist
And funny animal.
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oOGreenBalloonOo Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
i really like this one, its really cute
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I think this is still my fav of the month gryphons; the others have all surprised me in their own way--which is wonderful of course--but this one came out almost exactly the way it was in my head. That's pretty rare for me, so I think it's sorta special. :)
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Xaliandrea Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
This is awesome! I can't believe all the detail in the background and the wings. I would never attempt such a thing in a traditional medium. :no: Too scary.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
XDDD Thank you! Haha, I didn't intend for these to be so detailed and involved when I started the project...it was really just a whim after I had the idea. But I really like traditional media, maybe even moreso than digital. There's a greater chance of mistakes, yes, but I like having full control of the material and space, and I like knowing when it's absolutely, positively *done.* When I do digital art, I have a hard time "pulling the plug" so to speak and declaring it done, because I always feel like I could add more to it or fix something up--and I could because of the almighty CTRL-Z. When you work with something physical, there's only so much abuse the paper can take--so it's much easier to live with mistakes, go with the flow, and experiment a little. :)

...wow, I just wrote you a novel. :| Sorry!
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