Please include a link back to the original lineart, and a link to me, rachaelm5. This is necessary for reposting to any of the Color-Me groups, and also a courtesy that I appreciate.
You may not repost this black and white design on your own page for others to color, nor for any other reason.
You may not repost this black and white line design, or colorings of this design, as adoptables, nor may you sell it for points or for money.
Please tell me when you've finished coloring the picture so I can show off your work!
You may share your coloring outside of DeviantArt, unless I specify otherwise in the description.
I reserve the right to sell my own colored version of this design, as it is my own lineart.
Corollary: I will never do anything to anyone else's colored versions beyond appreciation and praise. They will be linked in the lineart's description, or in an Awesome Colorists journal here on DeviantArt, but absolutely nowhere else.
Yes, it's weird, abstracted, and complicated. I *like* coloring stuff like this.
Here is a JPG version for those who have trouble with the PNG file.
Colored versions are now in the Awesome Colorists 6 journal!
Colors by me:
Don't worry; everybody does these guys differently, and that is what I like so much about posting the lineart for artists to color. I use the background colors to coordinate my color schemes a lot of the time, and also to eat up that dreadful empty white space; not everyone feels so strongly about it.
I use a lot of photographic references to figure out anatomy, color, and pattern. My birds contain elements of real birds like parrots and hawks, but also patterns like those you'd see in butterfly wings and in the scales of tropical fish. Same for dragons. I use horses and cats to help me plan the anatomical structure, and I use fish, birds, snakes, butterflies, and other things like that to help me plan the patterns and colors on the wings and body.
Yup! I was thinking that each star in the universe has its attendant Phoenix - just the one - and as each star has different chemical properties, so each Phoenix would look different from the others.