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March 7, 2013
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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.
miz-mezzy Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Beautiful! Makes the typically ugly condor look so majestic! heh
tallydragon Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Lovely! I adore vultures and love seeing vulture/condor inspired fantasy art. It's beautiful!
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!
Elijahsrevenge Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist
It's beautiful! :+fav: I like it so much!
SatyrPluto Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Wow. Very difficult creature to create. Pulls together brilliantly. Very warm piece. Love it.
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.
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!
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!
MinimalistFish Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh hellz yes.
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