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Warming Glow by Nambroth Warming Glow by Nambroth
Erin Hoffman [link] commissioned this piece as she is a guest at ConDor (a convention) this year. She requested a California Condor / Thylacine gryphon and left the rest up to me. I delight in such works that give me free reign and really enjoyed myself in painting this.

I was inspired by the memory I have of turkey vultures sunning and warming themselves in the first rays of light, as I experienced on a trip to the coast once. I tried to capture that moment, for this condor gryphon. I also used David Smith's photo of a sunning condor to help me get some of the details right: [link]

Corel Painter, Oil Pastel and acrylic brushes.
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DragonNightArt Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is just such an imaginative fusion. And thylacines are one of my favorite animals too...

I just adore weird animal fusions.
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miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Makes the typically ugly condor look so majestic! heh
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tallydragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Lovely! I adore vultures and love seeing vulture/condor inspired fantasy art. It's beautiful!
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a truly unique creature! And I can't believe how well you passed this off, it looks natural!
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Elijahsrevenge Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
It's beautiful! :+fav: I like it so much!
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SatyrPluto Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wow. Very difficult creature to create. Pulls together brilliantly. Very warm piece. Love it.
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Will-isp Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
This is an impressive painting and a very unique griffon pairing. I especially admire how you have combined the somewhat grotesque condor with the nobility of a griffon. Both you and your commissioner have my admiration for this.
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54viruses Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Quite striking. I think if I came upon such a sight in nature I'd be struck with awe and fear. Wonderful presentation!
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emilysodders Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice! That sunning posture reminded me of a time when I spooked about a hundred vultures at once when I spotted them a ways off hanging around a dead thing, some eating, others sunning. I crept close in stealth, then jumped up yelling with my camera on. It was frightening at first with the sudden "wop-wop-wop" sound of their huge wings, as I didn't quite realize just how many there were above my head in the trees, and some even behind me. So they scared me as much as scared them. But I got some wicked awesome pictures!
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MinimalistFish Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh hellz yes.
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Aquilla-Whingate Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013   General Artist
A vulture looking gryphon I have seen, and from all appearances is a small breed species of the gryphons I have seen you draw. Again very nice dynamic lighting and is nicely done look as well. as say goes to night. :)
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. Cool!!!
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dwilliams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Fantastic! Such a well-done concept!
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crocodiledreams Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Saw condors at San Diego Wild Animal Park a couple of years ago... giant, amazing birds! Lovely work, as usual. :)
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THEGREATTITANICCHICK Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
oh i like that! i actually have a sona that's a turkey vulture/lion griffin XD
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starstrike1 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is absolutley beautiful! I've never seen a griffon mix like this, and it looks breathtaking!
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ninjastar16 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
wow it looks so creepy, awesome work
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Catsblood Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Nam art of condor gryphons. Two of my favorite things in one place!
This is really awesome! <3
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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KIRRA-Evil-kitten Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Lools like he real... animal... or creature...)
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Silme037 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
this.... this is awesome. Such a unique design, too. I love it!
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I. LOVE. THIS. both extinct or near extinct (?) species. OoO
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
There are around 160 California Condors left, after intensive breeding programs. 160 individuals is really low, for genetic purposes in a viable population, so it's still sort of scary for the condor. The Thylacine is thought to be functionally extinct, sadly.
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Wandererofthestars Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
i knew for sure the thylacine is gone, but i wasn't sure about that particular type of condor. 160 is pretty sad :(
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I think their low point was less than 25. Intensive breeding programs managed to bring them up to 160-ish.
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DireWolfwere Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my goodness, yess I love carrion birds as gryphons <3
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SkyfireDragon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Nice blend of critters, good job! I never even thought of this composite pairing.
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Trinitite Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Student General Artist
The wings are just amazing!
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Janscyther Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aaahahhh I love thylacines ! <3
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Interesting combination!
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ambassador-brouwer Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That is actually a spectacular idea! It's such a potent mix of the usual griffin nobility with the lowlife scavenger creatures of the deserts... I really have to hand it to you: you have out-done yourself this time! What a magnificent concept!
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Nambroth Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you, but the concept of this critter goes to Erin. :)
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