This is just stunning. I love how the refined blends into the less refined water color techniques used. I think cold press was a good choice can make the refined more solid and tight but you still can get that looseness with the paper.
I like the size you chose for the paper, it really adds to the overall feel. And I especially like your transition between the water and the watercolor and the extremely high level of detail on the gryphon. Great job.
Wow. This is just... wow! May I use this to decorate my folder for Mythology class? I get credit for having the folder decorated, content has no effect on the grade, and I won't be making any money at all. It'll just be this picture on the outside of my folder.