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Imperial Griffin by FeatherGale Imperial Griffin by FeatherGale
I was playing Heroes of Might and Magic 5 the other day, and fell in love with imperial griffins all over again - not the strongest unit, but so much fun! When I told a friend how much I was enjoying the game, I was promptly challenged to see if I could draw a griffin within four hours, and took up the gauntlet (I failed miserably thanks to the scrollwork, but the result was so worth it XD).

The drawing was canon to begin with, but after a while I decided to mess around with the armour design...then added the filigree...to end up with a griffin that looks vaguely similar to the HoMM 5 version. Had fun with my new markers too, they give such a gorgeous smooth finish. Fantastic things.
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RazenHashikado Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Loving that design totally!  Purely awesome with all the detail and done in great style.  ^^
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Aujra Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
great piece of art!
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GRIFFINOFNUKES Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
This will be perfect in the GRIFFINOFNUKES army. :3
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Quite likely, he looks ready for action too :)
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GRIFFINOFNUKES Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
=3
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Filcefix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011
[link] Woooooow!!! Very, very good.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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Shady-V Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011   General Artist
nice. What medium?
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The griffin was pencil sketched first, then outlined with fineliner, and finally coloured with Letraset markers. The background was added using PSP.
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Shady-V Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011   General Artist
How cool! :thumbsup:
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Princess-Lunarstar Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
Cool armma on the griffin.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, glad you like it :)
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Lord-ShinRa Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Brilliantly made!
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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hamano-kumiko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh mai god, it's awesome :wow:
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much! :hug:
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hamano-kumiko Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome :tighthug:
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Monsoni Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
This rocks my boxers. You have done well! I love all those intricate details.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you approve, thank you :)
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Azryla Featured By Owner May 30, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome!:la: i play HoMM 5 but my favorite character itīs Succubes mistress
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! Mistresses are awesome if you have them on your side of the field, that bouncing fireball of theirs is very dangerous :D
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Azryla Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yeah :D they are very good :) :D but Imp is cute :3 :D
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dragon-knight15 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Personally, I prefer the Paladins, I still LOVE and appreciate the Imperial Griffins. They are SO helpful by air striking the enemy archers when they try to draw a bead on my paladins.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
True, griffins are useful, even if it is as a sitting duck while blocking line of sight. Got to love them :)
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dragon-knight15 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
yup
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Dune-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, it's sure different but it's got it's own charm, like the original one is Blinded in his metal mask, Griffins have been my fave since Heroes of Might and Magic 3, where they would defend until they gave their last breath, Unlimited Retaliation =)
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yup, I remember that, the vision obscuring helmets never made much sense to me lol Its been an age since I played HoMM 3 but I still remember it fondly though, it was the game that introduced me to the series. Thanks for stopping by :)
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Grovyle48 Featured By Owner May 8, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :)
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RequiemLylium Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Absolutely love the shading on the wings!!
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thankyou! Its been ages since I've drawn anything with wings, and this picture reminded me how much I used to love drawing them...might draw more winged things, who knows? :D
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RequiemLylium Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2009
I'd really like it if you did! You always draw amazing wings!
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stycotl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
that is really quite neat. i like the scrollwork, though i have no idea how it compares to the game, and i think your coloring is very clever.
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FeatherGale Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, especially for the comment on the colours - it encourages me to use these markers more often. :)
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