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Gold-Banded Griffin by calger459 Gold-Banded Griffin by calger459
UPDATE: Now available as a print, hooray!! :D

Actually, I think this had a different title originally, I just can't remember what it is >_<;; This is a painting I did in my undergrad, in 2000. It took 3 weeks and is, honestly, one of the best oil paintings I've ever done. My professors didn't approve of fantasy and weren't too pleased with this painting. I told them nicely to take a flying leap. This isn't a perfect piece; the photo studio background is a little weird, and there isn't enough of the griffin showing for you to really tell that's what he is. Only the ears give him away. Still, I have this hanging on the wall of my studio right now, and I love looking at it.
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Reptangle Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I love the transition from a dark wing against a light background , to a light head against a dark background! Your little logo in the corner of the piece is adorable!
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calger459 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! I did this piece so long ago, but I'm still very fond of it, I have it hanging on the wall of my office :) I love griffins, and I especially appreciate your sculpting work! It's truly amazing. Keep up the awesome work, I really hope you get the small business grant! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my painting :D
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DemonEclair Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
this is gorgeous!
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calger459 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :D
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Mego-Sama-Lady-Sir Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010   Traditional Artist
this is so beautiful I can't take my eyes of it D: you did a wonderful job
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calger459 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Aww thank you so much, that means a lot to me :) :hug:
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Yoshi-Demon-666 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Great job!
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calger459 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thank you :)
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Yoshi-Demon-666 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
your welcome!
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CarrotStalker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
You've been featured! Unseen Works III - Traditional Art :heart:
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lady-atropos Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009
The sheer ammount of colors, and their range really make this piece work for you. you didnt have to resort to any dramatic colors, but rather using something mroe natural you were able to manipulate and work the colors in such a way that...

Yea...just wow. Nice work.
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calger459 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you very much! I really enjoyed making this painting, hard to believe it was 10 years ago now o_O I'm hoping to do more like it in the future :)
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orcafreak Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunning work! ^^
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calger459 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! :D
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orcafreak Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem. :D
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Rezuri Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
...Wow, this is oil? I thought for sure it was digital. What's the original size?

Props to you for doing the fantasy thing. It's tough, considering that number of art snobs that fill up those courses, usually.
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calger459 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007  Professional Filmographer
Hehe yup it's oil! Back in the day when I did stuff NOT with a Wacom *cough* I'm so out of practice with oil paints now, I'm not sure I could repeat it :( The original size is pretty big, about 3 feet high and maybe 1 1/2 across? I'd have to dig it out and measure it.

Yeah, I had to really fight for my fantasy, that was not the right school for me. At least I eventually found a better one :D
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Rezuri Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2007
*nods* Art school is funny that way sometimes. There's been some very... ah, "interesting" conversations concerning some of my stuff during group critiques. From what I gather from listening to my classmates, if something is fantasy or an illustration then it's not really art (and God help you if you dare to combine the two). :roll:
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calger459 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008  Professional Filmographer
I hate that attitude so much, especially the negative division that's put between "fine art" and illustration. I've heard fine art compared (rather aptly in some cases I think) to masturbation; you're the only one who gets and enjoys it because it's so personal; it's not accessible to anyone else. It's not that there isn't a place for that sort of work in this world, I just find that I can't really relate to or appreciate it. I'm definitely a commercial artist in my mindset. I'd rather make art that can be easily understood and which doesn't need a twenty paragraph explanation from the artist to "get", and which hopefully earns me a living too! Illustration is often more about bringing OTHER people's ideas to life, it's true, but what's wrong with that? The same skills are needed for both anyway, so I don't understand the point of the arguments over it.

Next time I'd ask your classmates what kind of job they're going to have after college is over and see if they have an answer. ;)
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Rezuri Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Ooooh, you should hear them; and the teacher! Their plan, once leaving school, seems to be along the lines of: move to New York, do networking, be an apprentice to a well-known artist (which involves gessoing canvases for them and being a general go-for) for 5 years, then be "discovered" and make millions of dollars selling paintings.

:pointandlaugh: Haha ...Yeah, no.

You took the words right out of my mouth.
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Strah Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful. I love the pose, the lighting and his/her face.
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2007
Wow, very nice. :+fav:
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sad-roses Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Student General Artist
This is beautiful! The different colors used in the feathers make it look more life like, as opposed to using flat shades of one color. The emotion you brought out of a bird's face is remarkable! The work invested is very visible.
Why the phooph should the professor care as long as you paint well? :shrug:
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HitokiriHimura Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2007
You did a great picture! I love griffons!
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Ayem Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
Dude, that's amazing. Colouring, lighting, drawing everything. Such a lovely face, it has. SO much expression, yet so realistic at the same time. Gonna fav it, of course.
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Paranoid-Duckkie Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2006
Lovely picture!
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SanguineousRex Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2004
That is excellent work!

It's such a pity that "art" can't be considered awesome bits like this that blockheaded lamans such as myself can actually appreciate without having the piece's "deeper meaning" explained to us. (Sorry, sorry...I just read too much "Calvin and Hobbes" growing up, and I've come to share Bill Watterson's opinion of the "art" community...)

Regardless...despite your claim that the background looks funky, I honestly couldn't disagree more. :) As to your claim that only the ears give away what this beautiful animal is...wrong again. ;) It's too big and majestic to be any sort of bird I've ever seen, and the feathers are a bit too fluffy and fuzzy looking in the main. :)

This is truly an excellent piece, and as far as getting prints...I say go for it!

~SanguineousRex
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LynxWolverina Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2004
Thats so gorgeous...
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pinkgargess Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You lighting is excellent, and the feathers almost look real! :jawdrop: I must :+fav: it. Well done!! :clap:
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