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Phoenix by Ahyicodae Phoenix by Ahyicodae
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UPDATE: Cover art for Vera Nazarian's book, Salt of the Air. Check it out on Amazon.

"Cautionary, sensual stories of love, reversal and revenge upend fairy tale conventions in Nazarian's lush collection... Sumptuous detail, twisty plots and surprising endings lift these extravagant tales."
— Publisher's Weekly

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It's finally done! The mighty phoenix, King of the Birds. He is beautiful, powerful, and eternal. He is also prideful, and this flaw led him to challenge the ancient dragon, at whose claws he met defeat.

Yet he is immortal and forever aflame. One day, he knows, the dragon will falter, and the Bird King will rise from the ashes...

... etc. :)

Done in an eastern style, with peacock feathers courtesy of :iconmaplerose-stock: (whose beautiful white peacock photographs you should look at -- they are marvelous!).
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:icongigichristo:
gigichristo Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2017  New Deviant Professional Writer
Could you give me permission to use your worl as background for fixed poetry ? Thank you Gigi
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:iconpegasister8:
Pegasister8 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it a peacock?
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:iconcrystalseas8:
crystalseas8 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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:iconexzelcicangel:
ExzelcicAngel Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
how the heck did you make this? :O
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
There's a tutorial on my photomanipulation techniques in my gallery. Explains it all. :-)
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:iconexzelcicangel:
ExzelcicAngel Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome :D
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:iconstargate3k:
Stargate3k Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012
This is absolutely marvelous!!! Keep up the awesome work!
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:iconwardude69:
wardude69 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
nice tail-flames
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:iconkarink62:
KARINK62 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Completely magnificent! May I use this idea for my Prince Ivan and the Firebird iMadonnari picture?
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:iconillusioninme:
Illusioninme Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2011
thats beautiful! I love the authors note, that dragon put him in his place!
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:iconmargem:
Margem Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:+fav: Beautifully done! :-)
~Margem
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:iconkhalipse:
Khalipse Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:faint:
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:icontwiligthvampire89:
twiligthvampire89 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
amazing job
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:iconjh55f:
jh55f Featured By Owner May 31, 2011
Wow! Breathtaking! I love that you capture both his fierce strength as well as his vulnerability.
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:iconnewhappy1225:
newhappy1225 Featured By Owner May 19, 2011
If you love your mum send this to 20 people, one girl ignored this and her mum died 365 days later. Sorry i can't ignore
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:iconmorraha:
Morraha Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
Fantastic! I love the feathers on the tail.
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:iconthejadephoenix:
TheJadePhoenix Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
love it
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:icondarkrise666:
DarkRise666 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011
This.... is so realistic. Freaken fantastic job!
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:iconalcyone07:
Alcyone07 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Excellent job!
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:icondustydragontamer:
dustydragontamer Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011
Wow, beautiful :)
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:iconlafemmedelaisse:
LaFemmeDelaisse Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Featured you on my front page.
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:iconhussygirlfreak:
Hussygirlfreak Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Well done. Its gorgeous :D
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:icondraconian1305:
Draconian1305 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2010
uh...wow!
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:icongurtis:
Gurtis Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010   Photographer
amazing work!
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:iconchaos-eternaly:
Chaos-Eternaly Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What animal did you get the wings from? I've been working on a creature myself but I can't find very good wings.
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010
I think it was a dove or pigeon of some kind. It was a smallish bird. I take lots of pictures of animals at exhibits, like natural history museums and suchlike, or at farms or in the wild. Also when I come across a dead animal I sometimes take pictures (a little morbid I know, but I once found a dead bird in excellent condition, and because I could stretch out its wings and take still shots I got some very good pictures). You can also find a lot of good stock on deviantART.
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:iconchaos-eternaly:
Chaos-Eternaly Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All right, thanks ^_^
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:iconblackstorm777:
BlackStorm777 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist
it looks almost real
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:iconjacklin980:
Jacklin980 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist
Whoa the fire on the feathers x_____x ♥
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:iconkono-uchiha-madara:
Kono-Uchiha-Madara Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can see some kind of birds in this one phoenix, it’s brilliant.
And I like the warm, sunny atmosphere and the fire burning in the feathers.
It’s such a magnificent, well done artwork.
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:iconladylloness:
LADYLlONESS Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
~Beautiful*
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:iconkhan-lovr:
khan-lovr Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2009
Breathtaking!
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:iconsalteddriftwood:
SaltedDriftwood Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009
It's indeed very beautiful but... the wings are a bit on the small side. ^^;
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:iconshiningsteel:
ShiningSteel Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Great! I love how the sun brings out the flaming tail.
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:iconphoenixmch:
PhoenixMCH Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Student General Artist
*o* beautiful
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xXDeathDreamerXx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2009  Student General Artist
o-o this pic iz amazing^^ i love it x3
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:iconhallel:
hallel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2009
wow i like this one a lot. i haven't seen one like it before. most all of them look the same, but yours is really memorable. good job!!
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:icondreiks:
Dreiks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Great god! Now that's one realistic phoenix!!! I give you 10 of 10 about it!!!

I'm scenarist of game called "Phoenix Dream" and we still don't have our phoenix. Would you mind to draw it? Please... Prety please :)
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009
I don't generally do requests, but I sometimes grant the use of permission of certain artworks of mine for limited personal stuff. Note me with the details of this game (for instance, is it commercial? Or is it free? How many people play it? Is it a card game, or what?)

I can't give you permission to use this particular image, though, because it has been sold to a publisher.
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:icondreiks:
Dreiks Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It is an RPG game. At the moment it is only in development state. It will be free because we don't spend any money in making it. If we will get sponsor then we will have to make it for a price. Though we plan to make it as good as possible without payment. That's the reason why mostly everyone refuses to help us :D
Hope I'm not geting too haotic again... :D
Anyway game is like standart RPG game. Lots of charracters, each of them have their own personality and original fighting style. I'm scenarist and I'm trying to make this game as original as possible.
There are a lots of monsters(including almost all mythological creatures). Most of the already known races and 2 new. Beautiful weapons. Huge map. Excelent sidequests and features. And I hope that story will be good too. It starts as one girl wants to revanger death of her family and changes into one adventure after another and gets more complicated as the game gets further. If you will join us then you will be able to read rest about it in our forum.
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:iconrosvaleera:
RosValeera Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2009  Student General Artist
is beautiful :aww:
I love the phenix :flirty:
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009
Thank you! :)
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:iconrosvaleera:
RosValeera Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Student General Artist
:D your welcome :aww:
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:iconartemis01nenefan:
artemis01nenefan Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
i absolutely adore this.
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Thank you!
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:iconartemis01nenefan:
artemis01nenefan Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! i love mythical beasts.
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Professional General Artist
i love the fire on the tips of the feathers, it makes it so dramatic. amazing photo-manipulation! i'm awestruck!
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Thanks! :)
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ShortStackStories Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
We will be featuring this piece in our 100 Theme Writer's Challenge as #49 . You will be completely credited for this gorgeous work.

Thanks!
~ShortStackStories
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:iconahyicodae:
Ahyicodae Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Cool! :)
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