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Phoenix by KristynJanelle Phoenix by KristynJanelle
Colored pencil - 4 hours.

Long backstory incoming!

So this is a drawing that I was kind of hesitant to do at first. My good friend whom I was dating at this time has wanted to get a picture of a Phoenix as a tattoo since before I met him. It's in memory of his best friend, who passed away when he was in high school and loved the mythology of Phoenixes. I really did not feel like it was my place to even offer to draw it when he first told me, because it was a friend I had never met and I just felt like I should stay out of it. But in the two years we'd been dating he was never able to find a picture he actually liked, and had a very specific image in his head. So I finally said I'd give it a shot. Plus, if he had someone else draw it and the bird anatomy was too off... it would have bothered me for life ;P So here is my take on a black & blue Phoenix. It is exactly what he wanted, by the way :) He is going to get it tattooed on his calf.

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I would like to ask anyone who stops by this page to please not use this for their own tattoo. I am aware that I can't stop anyone, but I am asking out of respect for Nick, who as I have said, wanted this to be customized specifically in memory of his friend. You can use any of my other drawings (please show me if you do, I'd love to see and share!), you can commission me to draw something similar, but please don't use this. Let it be unique to him :)

Update : Here is the work in progress of the tattoo. Unfortunately it is very low resolution so it's hard to see, but it's looking nearly identical to the drawing. He's planning to get it finished in a few weeks. [link]


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Phoenix by *KristynJanelle ( Suggested by BenyiHS and Featured by Astralseed )
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Thriin Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015
wonderful!
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:iconpopotita:
Popotita Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
awesome!
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:iconchaos-for-eternity:
Chaos-for-eternity Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hearts In Colour 
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:icontimberwolf101:
TimberWolf101 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Hobbyist
This is so beautiful! ;o;
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saphyre91 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
omg its ao perfect!
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:iconrogersthebull:
RogersTheBull Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very unique take on a phoenix. I love it!
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnewcreation:
NEWCREATION Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Very Nice!
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:iconmorchellaelata:
MorchellaElata Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
I love this interpretation of a phoenix. The anatomy, the fire, the posture - just stunning. 
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconkineoso:
kineoso Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
amazing work, i would love to see the tattoo but the link doesn´t work :(
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I know, it's been dead for a while! I need to get a new link :P 
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:iconbramblestar15:
Bramblestar15 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013
This looks very cool. I hope your friend enjoys his tattoo.
I also hope it doesn't end up on tattoo nightmares.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Why would it? :o
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:iconbramblestar15:
Bramblestar15 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
I dunno really
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:iconflamestar456:
flamestar456 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully unique, yes. :O
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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:iconmsujumdonghae:
msujumdonghae Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love your version of a black phoenix  BLind plz
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconnamemosa:
NameMosa Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
Kristyn! Thank you for your works. This is amazing bird will be on my leg. But with little changes ^_^.
If you want, i can send you photo of my tatoo, when it will be ready.

Thank you!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I would like to see. Thank you :)
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:iconiskilled:
iskilled Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
simply amazing!
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:iconmoiragyenes:
MoiraGyenes Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Amazing work :)
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:iconpinkoprint:
PinkoPrint Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Whoa!!! AWESOME
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconpinkoprint:
PinkoPrint Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Student General Artist
your welcome
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:iconchigami:
Chigami Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cool, I love the coloring!
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconfiliana:
Filiana Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
So great :la:
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks :)
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:iconfiliana:
Filiana Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
You are welcome :)
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:iconsikania:
sikania Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
it'ss really beautiful *^*
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:heart:
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MidnightPhoenix9 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is amazing!!!!! A huge fan of phoenixes, this to me was awesome. Very unique, never saw anything like it. Great job, Kristyn!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
its stunning and I love the colours there is not enough black phoenix on here I being looking for Black Phoenixes and Shadow Phoenix. Give the respect to your back-story for it.
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much.
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Ugana-like-me Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Amasing I love the texture and the colour range! :3
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Ugana-like-me Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2013
Np
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Quak-Kaysie Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is outstanding!
I love the idea of using blue flames, rather than your stereotypical red. It really portrays the intensity of the Phoenix's power.
Amazing
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much :)
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:iconquak-kaysie:
Quak-Kaysie Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's perfectly alright! Keep up the G R E A T work! :D
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful work and I like the backstory of how it came to be. I've been wanting a tattoo of a phoenix but I just don't like the typical look that you so often see, so I really think you've done a wonderful job here of creating something different. Your friend is incredibly lucky. Congrats on the DD!
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KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much. The backstory certainly puts it up there in my most meaningful piece of artwork. :)
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD! :iconflowerheartplz:
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconangie-pictures:
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
It's my pleasure! :)
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joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
Blow me away...completely...the element used is nice, not overpowering the subject. Impressive detailing too.
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:iconkristynjanelle:
KristynJanelle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much!
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