The PhoenixThe Illustration Friday prompt for this week is Wings. I’ve tried all sorts of different ways to illustrate wings, using birds, butterflies, angels, hairstyles… but then accidentally settled on the idea of a Phoenix. One of my favourite mythical birds is the Phoenix, usually depicted rising from the ashes. I’ve gone for a volcano this time, at just the point of an immense eruption the bird is freed; but the question must be asked did the bird cause the eruption in the first place?

The volcano was actually an after-thought, pretty much similar to the Phoenix itself. It’s funny how things just come out of the blue like that at times, isn’t it?

Incidentally, the prompt for last week, which I never got round to completing, was Myth. So, I may as well use this entry as one for both, even though Wings gets it.

I do like it when things come together!

24 thoughts

  1. Oo hairstyles??? I’m still chewing on the Wings entry right now..not too sure what I want to draw…the Phoenix was definitely there on the list too. Love the’s so bright and filled with vigour ! To me it looks like the volcano caused the bird to break free and fly! Sometimes that is what it takes in our live…so something to come along, shake us up and make us explode with our full potential! 😀


    1. Hi Shree!
      I’m in two minds as to how the Phoenix got free, but I like the idea of him being given a ‘gentle push’ in the right direction! 😉
      I’m looking forward to see what you come up with!
      Oh, and I have no idea where the hairstyles idea came from… :S


  2. I love the illustration for both Wings and Myth. I’ve always loved the Phoenix. For me it represents hope from chaos and destruction, both of which I’ve experienced in my life. Fly, Phoenix! Fly!


    1. Thanks, Andra – you’re right! He is surprised!
      That was unintentional, I’ll admit, but I suppose after being cooped up inside a volcano and you finally get free, there would be an element of surprise there!
      Quite a few of my characters have surprised looks on their faces, thinking about it… hmmm, I wonder what they’re trying to tell me…


  3. So, from the volcano rise the phoenix, Tom? Hm. This brings to mind an old Harry Truman (a former US president during the early stages of the Cold War) quote, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Or, if applied to this drawing, “If you can’t take the heat get out of the volcano.”


    1. I always knew that phrase as a line in a song, LA, but something in the back of my mind kept telling me I’d heard it before. So, it’s a Harry Truman quote! I’ll remember that for future reference!
      The thing is, if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen, a volcano is certainly the last place you’d want to be!


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