bestiary to be

I’ve wanted to do a Bestiary for the longest time. Now, with the plague upon us, I can think of nothing better to do with my time.

The list of beasts I want to do are mostly mythical but I’m sure some beasts living in our touchable dimension will make it into the mix. Not sure how I will arrange it, how many beasts will inhabit it, well, actually I am not sure of anything at all except for the first beast I have started is the Phoenix. The Last Phoenix.

Head of a Phoenix by Linda Saboe

  Head of a Phoenix by Linda Saboe

Anatomy of the Last Phoenix by Linda Saboe. Ink and watercolor on paper, 5"x7".

Anatomy of the Last Phoenix by Linda Saboe. Ink and watercolor on paper, 5″x7″.

And here’s an anatomical page that looks at the skull, foot, and some of the feathers found on the Phoenix. Held in the foot are branches from the Frankincense tree which the Phoenix uses to build his funeral pyre.

I’m hoping to include a full color image of the entire bird. Then onto the next beast which might be a dragon? Kelpie? Maybe a unicorn?


One response to “bestiary to be

  • Judy

    Wow I do love these!! The detail is so perfect and real. The bird has a pleasant expression. Oftentimes birds look rather intense and severe their expression or gaze. I would love to be able to draw as you do.I like the colors used in the skull image and how the forehead plate is consistent between than and the bird profile above. Great stuff and you know I am a big fan of all your bird images and still think about your “Let’s Make a Deal” image…love that.

    So glad to see you working on these kinds of images again.Well I guess now you should the top image with the colors as in the anatomy one.

    What fun this is and wonder what mythical beasties are next!!

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