New Wings Picture

Sketching: mechanical pencil with HB lead, clicklock eraser
Inking: sakura micron pens, various sizes
Coloring: copic markers and tria markers, white charcoal pencil for dark areas


This is the first picture in a while that I can truly be proud of. Sure it has it's little errors ahemFEETahem, but it's nothing for me to go crazy about.

A week ago, out of sheer boredom, I took yet another Quizilla survey (the server might be down right now), and got the following result [feel free to scroll down past the italics]:

You are a PHOENIX in your soul and your
wings make a statement. Huge and born of flame,
they burn with light and power and rebirth.
Ashes fall from your wingtips. You are an
amazingly strong person. You survive, even
flourish in adversity and hardship. A firm
believer in the phrase, 'Whatever doesn't kill
you only makes you stronger,' you rarely fear
failure. You know that any mistake you make
will teach you more about yourself and allow
you to 'rise from the ashes' as a still greater
being. Because of this, you rarely make the
same mistake twice, and are not among the most
forgiving people. You're extremely powerful and
wise, and are capable of fierce pride, passion,
and anger. Perhaps you're this way because you
were forced to survive a rough childhood. Or
maybe you just have a strong grasp on reality
and know that life is tough and the world is
cruel, and it takes strength and independence
to survive it. And independence is your
strongest point - you may care for others, and
even depend on them...but when it comes right
down to it, the only one you need is yourself.
Thus you trust your own intuition, and rely on
a mind almost as brilliant as the fire of your
wings to guide you.You are eternal and because
you have a strong sense of who and what you
are, no one can control your heart or mind, or
even really influence your thinking. A symbol
of rebirth and renewal, you tend to be a very
spiritual person with a serious mind - never
acting immature and harboring a superior
disgust of those who do. Likewise, humanity's
stupidity and tendency to want others to solve
their problems for them frustrates you
endlessly. Though you can be stubborn,
outspoken, and haughty, I admire you greatly.

After rereading it, I decided I should do a drawing based on it. I put pencil to paper--during my Nutrition and Food Science lecture--and did the base sketch. The detailing was done with a bathroom mirror, and lots of self-examination. (Yes, I do have a swimmer's tanline. Yes, I do have that many moles on my body. No, my figure is not this perfect. Allow me some artistic freedom, all right?) I inked it during other classes, and have spent the past few days slowly coloring it. Google(r) images provided an awesome source picture for an Asian phoenix.

My screen name, tennyoceres, was inspired by the anime Ayashi no Ceres. In Japanese mythology, a tennyo is a combination of guardian angel, celestial maiden, and muse. This is why my other self-portraits feature wings.
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