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king fisher griffins

I’ve been trying to come up some kind of bright production color for the griffins.
What do you think about this Kingfisher griffin? He is pale blue with shading of jade green on top , copper and gold and the underside, with black and white trim.

43 Responses to king fisher griffins

  1. starbreeze October 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    Beautiful!!! Love the colors!!! :love:

  2. drag0nfeathers October 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm #

    I love it, I’d maybe perhaps trim the bottoms of the wings with black? Even so I love it either way!

  3. Melody October 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    [quote=drag0nfeathers]I love it, I’d maybe perhaps trim the bottoms of the wings with black? Even so I love it either way![/quote] Yeah he needs some black trim on his wings…

  4. dranxis October 4, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

    The gold and green is really attractive. I haven’t bought any Griffins yet because I’m not sure what color I want, but I would definitely be interested in these.

  5. dandrusky13 October 4, 2013 at 11:56 pm #

    Love the black beak. A little black on the ears or wings would look beautiful, and help offset the vibrant colors.

  6. zloy720 October 5, 2013 at 12:03 am #

    Agreed. Its really pretty now, but if you tie the black in just a little more on the wings it would be really striking!

  7. Sirithiliel October 5, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    I like him! he looks very regal!

  8. Betrluk1 October 5, 2013 at 2:10 am #

    SOLD!!!! Send me one of each please!

  9. Zelda October 5, 2013 at 3:55 am #

    Wow, I think it’s lovely! My only nitpick would be the front feet though; I’m not sure I personally like that they blend in with the feathers. Maybe white like the tips of the back paws? Actual kingfisher feet seem be orange or brown in color. A darker brown or copper wash to go in between the scales, maybe? Something subtle to transition from the color of the feathers to the claws. Like I said, nitpicking. The style overall is gorgeous and I can imagine him glowing from all different angles.

  10. fatalbeauty October 5, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    WOW! I love this! make it happen please!

  11. Kim October 5, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    I like this colour on a griffin. I like the colour on the raffle dragon that was just given away even more although not sure how that would look on a griffin but I would love to see some more colourful griffins!

  12. moonbeam October 5, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

    Oh wow he is stunning! I would love to see a family in this color!

  13. NomiGold October 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    I’m a huge, huge sucker for blue/yellow and blue/orange colour combinations. I never had a favourite single colour, but without hesitation those are my favourite colour combinations. So needless to say I think this is fantastic! A little more black to balance it would make it.

  14. WolfenMachine October 6, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    He’s gorgeous!! He just needs a little orangey color on his wings. I love that teal color, but its a little much as is. Orange gems in his collar would be nice too

  15. Mercury Star October 6, 2013 at 4:17 am #

    I would definitely buy the whole family! I love blues/greens with yellows, oranges, and/or browns, so the Kingfisher colors are something I would be all over (when I had the funds, of course). While I would buy them as is, I do agree that adding some black along the wing, and darkening the front legs would help make them even better.

  16. Ela_Hara October 6, 2013 at 4:30 am #

    I agree with adding more black trim coloring to balance. Perphaps added to the tips of the longer wing feathers, at the juncture of the last smaller feather set and the longer feathers to accent, and maybe black claw nails to echo his black beak.

    I think this is a nice color for the Griffin.

  17. sisterbiscuit October 6, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous! I would love a Griffin family in this color scheme.

  18. Starhorse October 7, 2013 at 12:32 am #

    Please forgive if this sounds critical…I was an art student…I can’t help it sometimes. Let me FIRST say, that this looks amazing so far, and I can’t wait to see it in production! I promised myself no more griffins, but looks like I’m going to have to make an exception… I’m also very happy you’re planning on making it production–means I can save up for it like a responsible person 🙂 Things I’d like to see changed from the as is: Mainly, I’d like to see both black and gold put on the wings to pull the whole thing together–perhaps black feather tips that go up the vane, with a gold tear-spot? Second, I’ll echo what’s been said by a few others, in that I think there should be some sort of separation between the leg feathers and scales, perhaps even just antiquing could accomplish this. Third, I think the teal and black chinstrap could go–it would simplify a bit to accommodate time for detail elsewhere, and make a nice saddle-shaped flow-line from head around to chin, that could echo the saddle shape already on his shoulder. I’m on the fence about the black beak, I’m not sure if a more mahogany color or darker orangey brown might be better, but regardless of whether or not it changes, I think the claws should match.

    Again, sorry to nitpick/critique, but it’s shaping up as an absolutely lovely scheme that I’m very excited for! (Plus, it’s super fun that you even involve us at all in your design process–that’s a unique feature I really appreciate about you guys <3 )

  19. Falcolf October 7, 2013 at 12:38 am #

    This looks great! It’ll be cool to see these if they come out!

  20. Starhorse October 7, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Now when I look at it on my home computer, the chinstrap doesn’t feel as out of place to me after all. I’m still waffly about it, but in a very minor way.

  21. Stormbringer777 October 7, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    OH Boy!! 😀 I’ve been waiting and waiting for this guy to make an appearance! :p Let me just say that I agree with the separation of the feathers and the front talons, and black on the wings and front claws have my vote. I can’t wait to see these in the store!! 😉 THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! 8)

  22. etruscan October 7, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Starhorse – If you want to see similar patterns without the “chin strap”, PS painted a couple:

    Barn Swallow http://windstoneeditions.com/content/barn-swallow-test-paint-1-5

    Golden Sunset http://windstoneeditions.com/galleries/windstone-products-gallery/ebay-gallery/patricia-smith/male-griffins/golden-sunset-test-pa

  23. Starhorse October 7, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Yeah, the chinstrap is growing on me. Maybe it just needed a day or two to distill. I’m super excited for this to roll out.

  24. Barrdwing October 8, 2013 at 12:40 am #

    Gasp. Drool. WANT. :love:

    I agree with Starhorse about some black trim on the wings, and more definition between the scaled and feathered portions of the front legs, and black claws/claws that match the beak. I am a HUGE fan of blues and greens with black, and the shades of gold chosen on this guy set the blue/green/black off beautifully. Regarding the much-disputed “chinstrap”: I could take it or leave it; I’m a big sucker for a malar stripe on griffins, so I kind of like it, but its shape isn’t exactly like a falcon’s stripe, it’s more doing its own thing.

    But this is absolutely fabulous. I LOVE this color scheme!

  25. setsunawolf October 8, 2013 at 2:09 am #

    LOVE HIM !!!!!!!!

  26. jennyusagi October 8, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    The kingfisher one is pretty, but I was thinking if you want to try more ideas, this might be a great combo for a colorful griffin:

    Kestrel photos by my dad:
    http://sweetpeastudio.biz/skydelight/2013/06/18/american-kestrel-11/20130610-dsc_9337/
    http://sweetpeastudio.biz/skydelight/2013/05/29/american-kestrel-8/20130528-_dsc0253/
    http://sweetpeastudio.biz/skydelight/2013/02/02/american-kestrel-7/20130130-dsc_0593/
    http://sweetpeastudio.biz/skydelight/2013/01/25/american-kestrel-5/20130121-dsc_0054/
    http://sweetpeastudio.biz/skydelight/2013/01/08/american-kestrel-2/20130104-dsc_8416/

    I think it would work especially well with cheetah markings considering both have the dramatic black by the eyes:
    https://www.google.com/search?q=cheetah&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=WsdTUufjGMvoiAK0p4HoBQ&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAQ&biw=1283&bih=740&dpr=1#q=cheetah+sitting&tbm=isch

    Kestrel – blue, copper or auburn or ruby, black, white
    Cheetah – gold or copper, black

    And both have yellow/amber eyes.

    Of course all that patterning would probably be a pain to paint. Sure would look pretty though!

  27. jennyusagi October 8, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    If you really want to go crazy with colors you could do a macaw patterned griffin.
    Like a Blue & Gold macaw (yellow, blue, green, black, white) + white tiger (the black & white eye skin/feathers tie in with the tiger stripes)
    Or
    Scarlet Macaw (red, yellow, green, blue, black, white) + black cat/panther to let the rainbow colors really stand out against the black.

    Plus the macaw beaks aren’t far off from raptor beaks, so it just feels like they fit well.

  28. Bodine October 9, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    I think it is lovely and would surely try to get one of those.He is a beauty and a touch of black would really set it off.IMO
    I agree with Kim on the raffle white griffin you did.WOWOW! THAT is a lovely griffin and would really love to have a family of those..

  29. Melody October 10, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Oh, I have done Kestral griffins! The point of painting this one is to come up with a colorful bird/ griffin of some kind, rather than earth tones. (I much prefer earth tones myself!)
    Those photos are fabulous!!

  30. Melody October 10, 2013 at 10:01 pm #

    I know macaws well-but,I think they are a little over-the-top color wise! My favorite bird colors are bee-eaters and mot-mots, but those names are too weird.

  31. Melody October 10, 2013 at 10:04 pm #

    [quote=WolfenMachine]He’s gorgeous!! He just needs a little orangey color on his wings. I love that teal color, but its a little much as is. Orange gems in his collar would be nice too[/quote]I did another two or three test paints with different variations of color on the wings before I did this one…eh, none look that great to me. Still working on this color.

  32. Melody October 10, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

    [quote=Barrdwing]Gasp. Drool. WANT. :love:

    I agree with Starhorse about some black trim on the wings, and more definition between the scaled and feathered portions of the front legs, and black claws/claws that match the beak. I am a HUGE fan of blues and greens with black, and the shades of gold chosen on this guy set the blue/green/black off beautifully. Regarding the much-disputed “chinstrap”: I could take it or leave it; I’m a big sucker for a malar stripe on griffins, so I kind of like it, but its shape isn’t exactly like a falcon’s stripe, it’s more doing its own thing.

    But this is absolutely fabulous. I LOVE this color scheme![/quote] Oh the photo doesn’t show it well but the legs are actually pink. I don’t like the grey claws. Maybe this will just be a “kingfisheresque” griffin, and Ill change all the coloring around. Make the chinstrap into a malar stripe and add black trim where needed.

  33. Melody October 10, 2013 at 10:16 pm #

    [quote=Starhorse]Please forgive if this sounds critical…I was an art student…I can’t help it sometimes. Let me FIRST say, that this looks amazing so far, and I can’t wait to see it in production! I promised myself no more griffins, but looks like I’m going to have to make an exception… I’m also very happy you’re planning on making it production–means I can save up for it like a responsible person 🙂 Things I’d like to see changed from the as is: Mainly, I’d like to see both black and gold put on the wings to pull the whole thing together–perhaps black feather tips that go up the vane, with a gold tear-spot? Second, I’ll echo what’s been said by a few others, in that I think there should be some sort of separation between the leg feathers and scales, perhaps even just antiquing could accomplish this. Third, I think the teal and black chinstrap could go–it would simplify a bit to accommodate time for detail elsewhere, and make a nice saddle-shaped flow-line from head around to chin, that could echo the saddle shape already on his shoulder. I’m on the fence about the black beak, I’m not sure if a more mahogany color or darker orangey brown might be better, but regardless of whether or not it changes, I think the claws should match.

    Again, sorry to nitpick/critique, but it’s shaping up as an absolutely lovely scheme that I’m very excited for! (Plus, it’s super fun that you even involve us at all in your design process–that’s a unique feature I really appreciate about you guys <3 )[/quote]
    I think if I simply change the name of this griffin color to "turquoise" or something,rather than "Kingfisher" then I'll feel freer to change around the markings. I was trying to match the bird, but , yeah your points are well taken. When it don't work, change it!

  34. KaytanaPhoenix October 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm #

    He’s beautiful! I really like the idea of gold claws/beak on him.. like the gold on the chain. I always feel a lil bummed when a beak or feet kind of ‘disappear’ into solid black.. the gold brings out a real nice accent, and keeps things from blending right into the shadows.
    ‘n just my opinion, I like the wings without the black.. normally I’d be all for the black on the wings, but I’m really loving this guys bright tones 🙂

  35. Stormbringer777 October 14, 2013 at 2:29 am #

    [quote=Melody][quote=Barrdwing]Gasp. Drool. WANT. :love:

    I agree with Starhorse about some black trim on the wings, and more definition between the scaled and feathered portions of the front legs, and black claws/claws that match the beak. I am a HUGE fan of blues and greens with black, and the shades of gold chosen on this guy set the blue/green/black off beautifully. Regarding the much-disputed “chinstrap”: I could take it or leave it; I’m a big sucker for a malar stripe on griffins, so I kind of like it, but its shape isn’t exactly like a falcon’s stripe, it’s more doing its own thing.

    But this is absolutely fabulous. I LOVE this color scheme![/quote] Oh the photo doesn’t show it well but the legs are actually pink. I don’t like the grey claws. Maybe this will just be a “kingfisheresque” griffin, and Ill change all the coloring around. Make the chinstrap into a malar stripe and add black trim where needed.[/quote]

    I’m going to back-pedal a little bit and just say that I would buy this guy in a heartbeat as he is pictured!! NO changes made!! Melody…PLEASE keep it the way YOU want it!! 😉

  36. daftdragoness October 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    Beautiful! Love it, so bright, I’d buy one 😉

  37. Mercury Star October 15, 2013 at 1:58 am #

    I love Bee-eaters and Motmots! But I guess that shouldn’t be a surprise, since I like Kingfishers, haha. It’s the colors.

  38. Python October 15, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    I don’t usually feel compelled to comment (this is certainly my first one!) — I’m usually in the, “Derp, they’re all really pretty!” camp. But this guy REALLY grabs me. I LOVE this color scheme.

    And, I think this is much better than a psittacine design (macaw, conure, etc.). Not only are psittacine colors a lot louder, but I think they’d be too familiar/obvious for the average viewer, which I think could be distracting. (Not that it wouldn’t be kind of interesting to see, say, a blue-and-gold macaw griffin … Or a Budgie griffin, ha!) … But with this guy, I can pretend that this is a natural color phase of real, actual griffins. 🙂

  39. twindragonsmum October 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    Absolutely magnificent! Would love a whole family of these!

    tdm

  40. JynXx January 13, 2014 at 7:52 am #

    So I had this picture up all day, trying to think of what might make it even better since everyone else has added their opinion, double-checked to make sure I’m not repeating something that’d already been said, and decided to post to say that I think he’d be awesome he had flashes of deep maroon-y purple accents, and maybe black wingtips like Drag0n suggested [maybe barred?]. I also wondered why no one suggested hummingbird gryphons in this thread. Other than that, I think he’s spectacular so far ^w^

  41. Betrluk1 March 22, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    Melody, I hope you are still planning on doing this production line. 🙂 I also thought that you might like the color scheme ont hese guys, the fairywren https://www.google.com/search?q=fairywren&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Q5YtU_7PJsnW2gWk04DgCA&sqi=2&ved=0CCQQsAQ&biw=1600&bih=809

    Karen

  42. Stormbreeze May 10, 2014 at 3:51 am #

    I think it’s beautiful, but it could definitely use a pair of orange or scarlet eyes. I love the shiny wings.

  43. lasohaney June 23, 2014 at 10:51 am #

    I really hope that you all are still considering making these a production item. I bid on the most recent one (the one pictured in this blog actually!) but lost in the last two seconds. I would love to have another chance to own one in the future.

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