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Phoenix Knot by SnBMeg Phoenix Knot by SnBMeg
I started working on this about...3 months ago? >_<''' But finals and vacation and whatnot took up most of my time between then and now, so it took me extra long to finish it.

Clarification: It's an as-yet unborn phoenix, beginning to wake underneath a city, which is beginning to burn. The butterfly symbolizes rebirth, etc. Note that the main portion of the body is between the cardinal directions of north and east, and more to the east, so it's almost the spring/phoenix season. :p

The original line work was done 100% by hand; I didn't even have a ruler or a compass to make things straight and neat (so that's why all of the circles are lop-sided :p). Inking it was rather nerve-wrecking, because I don't ink stuff very often and doing long, curving lines especially scares me. (Btw, I put this in the traditional gallery because I figured the lines themselves were the important part, more so than the color.)

I'm still not totally happy with the colors, but they're okay, so I'll keep them for now.

Edit: Sorry for the repost. At the suggestion of , and since it has been suggested that I submit this to the upcoming student show at my school, I went back and brightened up the colors a bit. I'm much happier with them now. ^_^


lineart here
Phoenix Knot (c) SnBMeg, 2005
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:iconjessi-sky:
Jessi-Sky Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
This is seriously breathtaking though! Wow...you must have a lot of patience. Amazing job on this.
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Silverserri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my god if this could be made into a pendant it would be awesome to a degree no other jewelry could match. O.O
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Silverserri Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Erm, not that the picture itself isn't awesome. ^_^;
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sslowbliss Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2007  Hobbyist Artist
good god this is mindblowing, thank you for sharing such lovely work.
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:iconsilentimus:
silentimus Featured By Owner May 26, 2007
this would make an awesome tattoo.
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:iconhelens-serendipity:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
A beautiful piece... very unusual :D
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! ^^
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:iconhelens-serendipity:
Helens-Serendipity Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Your welcome:D
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:iconcrick3t:
crick3t Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2005
I love the colors and style - if I wanted to use this as a tattoo idea, would that be ok? if not, please let me know.
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2006  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I would be honoured if you used it as a tattoo (though I would like to see pics, if you do ;))!
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:iconsilmu:
Silmu Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005
really beautiful....:shrug:
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:iconsshyatenkou:
SSHYatenKou Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that really did turn out nicely! I kept reading about this in your journal.
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconspiralkitty:
spiralkitty Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congrats!!! :party: It's beautiful. :w00t:
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconspiralkitty:
spiralkitty Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome. :)
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:iconseabear:
Seabear Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2005
So didja win? :poke: Didja Win?? :poke: ^^;
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
(You already know this, but I'm taking some time to answer all the comments I've gotten, so...) Yep! I won! :D *does little happy dance*

Thesis is stressful. :cry:
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:iconseabear:
Seabear Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
YEA!!! :-D Why is thesis so stressful? I got a scene done for collective!!! Yea!! *pats self on back*
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2005  Professional General Artist
'Cause it's hard, hard work, and I'm not sure what I'm doing. :cry:

Good job! :D
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Lady-Silvercat Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2005
I really love it with the colors! You're so amazing at all these intricate designs. Really beautiful! :D
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart:
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:iconshuibhne:
Shuibhne Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2005
Wonderful knot. You've really done something beautiful with it.
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconboulew:
boulew Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2005
This is extremely beautiful and very complex looking. I'd love to see a more vividly colored version of this. Amazing work.
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! I went back and brightened up the colors a bit; thanks for the suggestion! :D
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:iconboulew:
boulew Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005
Hey, thanks for replying back. It's nice to hear when someone actually takes note of a suggestion. :) Take care!
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
It was a good suggestion. ^^ I hadn't been happy with the colors before, and after trying them brighter, I found that that was the main problem. I figure that outside perspectives are the most honest ones, and so it's good to pay attention to what other people think. /babble :p
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:iconcommiealex:
commiealex Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
Holy crap, thats a hell of a knot!
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :D It caused me much pain at times, so I'm very glad that you like it!
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:iconcommiealex:
commiealex Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005
well, that pain was worth it, cause its beyond awesome
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :D
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Maiamay8 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. That's awesome. It's beautiful :)
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
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Maiamay8 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
yer welcome :D
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:icontheknotters:
TheKnotters Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
OMG WOW...
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
Thank you. ^^
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:iconthecurseofrainbow:
TheCurseofRainbow Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2005
:winner: (( for YOU!!! :teddy: ))
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:iconsnbmeg:
SnBMeg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2005  Professional General Artist
:heart::heart::heart::heart::heart: :kiss:
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