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Pyrrhura Griffin concept by JeMiChi Pyrrhura Griffin concept by JeMiChi
This is my mount concept for the game Riders of Icarus and my entry for their designing contest.

This design combines several of my interests. First of all, griffins - obviously. Griffins are my favorite type of mount  in the game for their design and they got me interested in Riders of Icarus to begin with. I'm still hoping we'll eventually get to see heroic / legendary griffins, like Kegriff in the game.
Also parrots, which I have loved since I was a toddler. The natives in the area consider these clever birds their reincarnated ancestors.
I also love pirates, and parrots go well with that theme, as they are traditionally thought as the faithful companions of those fierce sailors, but those exotic creatures were also smuggled for trade by pirates because of their colorful plumage and intelligence.
The coloration of this griffin is based on my own pet pearly conure (parrot), and the name "Pyrrhura Griffin" comes from Latin - the Pyrrhura genus of conures. Conures are quite small but extremely fierce and would definitely challenge a dragon if given the chance. In this griffin form it can finally have a large enough body for that attitude.
All the accessories are optional for the design, but they tell his story as a pirate's companion. The saddle and armor are pretty obvious, but the golden jewelry was the seafarer's way to ensure he made his final trip to his homeland if his adventures were to end suddenly.

Here's the illustration I made to go with this design:
Pyrrhura Griffin concept illustration by JeMiChi
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JeMiChi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Just putting this here for myself so I can find it if I have the time to draw the pirate griffins together :)
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skylasha Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Student General Artist
:P Sounds good! I love your bird art so much, all the details brings it all to life so well :) 
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JeMiChi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, that makes me happy :aww:
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skylasha Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2018  Student General Artist
You're very welcome :) 
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Auspicious-Cloud Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2017
Aaah, I remember you! I absolutely love your art of pearly conures, you managed to capture their colourfulness so perfectly!  This design as well along with the accessories works so nice as griffon. Overall, wonderful job! 👍
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JeMiChi Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hi!!! :D
Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it! ^^

Also, more bird artists to follow - and with a pearly conure too! :love:
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Auspicious-Cloud Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2017
Thank you very much for the kind watch! Lettuce be pearly conure lovers together!
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JeMiChi Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's my pleasure :D
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2017  Professional Artisan Crafter
Really cool design, good luck for the contest!  ^^
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JeMiChi Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! I'm gonna need that! ^^ 
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