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Published: April 18, 2014
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Completed on April 18th, 2014

This sketch started as a lunchtime doodle that I revisited a handful of times in order to try to capture the emotion I was striving to convey. It's rather low resolution, and I opted to keep it that way so that I could focus on the piece as a whole rather than minute details of feather and fur.  I had a lot of fun (and challenge!) trying to figure out how to back-light a white creature and incorporate some sense of perspective, but on the whole I'm fairly pleased with how it turned out.

I watched to capture the feeling of soaring, and of the peace that comes from letting go of all your worries and inhibitions and just allowing yourself to "be." While I'd not originally planned to show stars up in the sky (since the gryphon might need to borrow an astronaut's helmet if she was really THAT high up), I felt compelled to put them in there as my mind was drawn to think about some of the people I've lost over the years, and the continued way they impact my life and inspire me through the light of their own lives. In a way, it's really wonderful to think of how many lives we touch along the way. 

In any case, the gryphon featured here is a longtime original character of mine and is not fan art. You can see three other pieces of her here from 2012, 2009, and 2003:


Gryphon Plate - Fired by Dreamspirit Speedpainting: Sea of Stars by Dreamspirit Greenwaves by Dreamspirit

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omenaapple's avatar
simple yet really pretty. 

love the movement and the colours used on this one ;u;
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sweetymimy22's avatar
I like the big star
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks! It wasn't planned originally, but I ended up being drawn to the idea of a star field. :)
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Haunnudiram's avatar
I feel so comfortable watching this piece
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
I'm so tickled to hear that this piece relays that emotion to you!
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Haunnudiram's avatar
your portrayal is amazing thats why >:D.. 

but seriously thank you for a wonderful work... [and sorry for a 2 month late reply ;w;]
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tarkheki's avatar
Dude, the flying perspective eon this is so awesome and energetic!!! I'm also digging the curvature of the atmosphere... it just adds to the epic dynamic of the image. :)
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for your compliments and feedback, Bernice! I tried to put a lot of peaceful energy into it, and I'm glad that came across!
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Mandelblute|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautiful .
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so kindly!
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lucascesar55|Student Digital Artist
This!!! This is majestic as fuck :) please do more like this !
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much!  I'm glad you like it, and I'll definitely try to do others!
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a1calypso|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in love with it.. so beautiful!
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so very much for your kind words!  I'm so glad you like it. :)
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VanillaFeathers|Hobbyist General Artist
He's getting waaaayyy too close to the edge of the atmosphere....FLY BACK MAH FLUFFEEE BEFORE YOU HURTLED INTO SPAAACE!!!!!!!
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Hahaha!  I joked with a friend that she might need a space helmet at this distance! ;)
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VanillaFeathers|Hobbyist General Artist
Is it weird to say i had a nightmare where this happened? XD lol
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Not at all! :)
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Wolframclaws|Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love how the colors are contrasting, but still realistic!
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! I tried to work quite a bit to make the white gryphon more than just "white" this time around. I wanted her to look warm and comfortable.
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KatzeFalke-Sergal|Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! :D
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for the compliment!
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CarpeDraco's avatar
Beautifully done!  I too have had dreams in which I can fly, and this captures that feeling perfectly.  As for the stars, I think they fit in just fine!  (I've flown in airplanes often enough that I've seen the sun and the stars in the sky at the same time, when the sun is close to the horizon, and the plane is high enough.)  :)
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KatieHofgard|Professional Digital Artist
I love it! I have many dreams about flying and some where I am a gryphon, and this piece captures that dream sensation nicely.
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