Hail to the Griffin King Picture

If you have a song to sing,
Be sure that all your courage bring,
To he who waits on stoney throne,
To meet the ones who come alone,
And cry, Hail to the Griffin King.

So journey over mountains old,
Journey under skies so cold.
And if you do find peace of mind,
There it is that you will find,
The lord of heroes, brave and bold.

But bird and beast and man beware,
For he is king of earth and air.
Nothing passes he will miss,
For he is king of all of this.
The one to whom the rivers sing,
"Hail to the Griffin King."
As he sighs to part the mist,
The sunlight on his feathers kissed.
For he is king of earth and air,
So bird and beast and man beware.

So journey over mountains old,
Journey under skies so cold.
And if you can find peace of mind,
There it is that you will find,
The lord of heroes, bright and gold.

And if you have a song to sing,
Be sure that all your courage bring,
For he waits upon a stoney throne,
To meet the ones that come alone,
And cry
Hail to the Griffin King.




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My latest colored pencil piece, complete with my latest foray into the murky waters of epic poetry.

Please be gentle.

But seriously, all joking aside I'm really happy with this. The picture was primarily inspired by the work of a wonderful Slovak photographer I met here on dA. His name is *joffo1 and I highly recommend his gallery. All his photos have a particularly magical quality about them that, whenever I see them, makes me want to draw! They are just that awesome. In particular I have to point at Long way to outlook II and Moment of life which provided most of the references for this drawing. So go show him some love!
Small note about the story behind this: the Griffin King is an old figure from Urian Mythology, the same mythos to which the Earth Dragons and the Arkengal belong. And the Urian Mythology is in fact a part of my original fantasyland, Antellonia, so if the names don't sound familiar that's why.

Eight days with Prismacolor pencils on 9"x12" illustration paper. Image and associated poetry © myself, 2007.

This picture appears on page 86 of my Black Book.
Enjoy.
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