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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]

I do commissions! See my journal : [link]
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Phoenix by *KristynJanelle ( Suggested by BenyiHS and Featured by Astralseed )
RogersTheBull Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A very unique take on a phoenix. I love it!
I love this interpretation of a phoenix. The anatomy, the fire, the posture - just stunning. 
KristynJanelle Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
amazing work, i would love to see the tattoo but the link doesn´t work :(
KristynJanelle Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I know, it's been dead for a while! I need to get a new link :P 
This looks very cool. I hope your friend enjoys his tattoo.
I also hope it doesn't end up on tattoo nightmares.
KristynJanelle Oct 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Why would it? :o
flamestar456 Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautifully unique, yes. :O
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