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Crested Firehawk by emla Crested Firehawk by emla
Watercolor, 6x8"

A fun little painting of a fictional raptor species. I had an urge to do a red-and-black colorway, and this was the result.

EDIT: image updated after a better scan was achieved. Also, I recently discovered some old WIP photos and made a process presentation on this painting:

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:icondeathcat13:
Deathcat13 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
That's a wonderful red! :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Sometimes it's fun to just saturate a painting in color. :)
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:iconchotabear:
chotabear Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
I recognize this artwork from your process painting which I have already faved. I love it !!!
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:iconreiu-shanra:
reiu-shanra Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing work! Working with watercolours takes a lot of confidence, I envy you :heart:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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ElfWolfProductions Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
are you going to be selling this at all?
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I am offering prints of this through DA! I'm not selling the original yet though.
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:iconzeunicorn1o:
zeunicorn1o Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I adore the colours, that vivid blue eye really captures the attention. Beautiful. :heart:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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:iconnetherwings:
netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
That is absolutely beautiful! :heart:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnetherwings:
netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
You are most welcome, I should probably have said more nice things about it but just by reading all the comments I can say I agree with all of the above :lol:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I know the feeling; I always freeze up a little when I think of how to comment and reply, myself. These word-things and I, we don't always get along. ;)
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netherwings Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
Good to hear I'm not alone there! :giggle: You seem to be a quite articulate person though, so don't worry too much about it. ;D
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svenmarie Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
I love how the branches are all facing the way the hawk looks.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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TrizztMaestro Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
The colour is so cool! =D
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconellana01:
Ellana01 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fabulous color and composition! *o*
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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Selene344 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010
cool
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlutrasilvereye:
lutrasilvereye Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the colours! It's just beautiful :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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psittalux Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010
Hello! I love your firebird piece and was wondering if I could use it in a blog post featuring firebird artwork? You'll be credited and a link back to this deviation will be included, of course. Please let me know! :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Sure, go ahead! And thank you for considering my work. :)
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:iconpsittalux:
psittalux Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2010
Thanks!

I'm actually a fan of your work—your style is similar to mine and one I'm trying to hone further.
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krimsongrace57 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
I simply the redness in this. I suppose it's very much an embodiment of the bird's spirit.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I had really wanted to paint something saturated in color for once. :)
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:iconazerane:
Azerane Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing, love the colour scheme!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Sometimes it's nice to just paint something with a lot of hot colors in it...
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:iconlisagorska:
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009
trully gorgeous. :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I love this one- wonderful color palette for this and great concept.
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you.
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:iconboggleboy:
Boggleboy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for sharing- as always! I love seeing your work!
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beelzebuddha Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2009
The direction of the branches in the background matches the hawk's gaze and creates a wonderful path for the eye to move along. And your use of color is, as always, just stellar.
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:iconreymonkey:
Reymonkey Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009   General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous, I love the powerful neck and the one break in the monochromatic theme with a blue eye...
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I found myself painting needing a focal point to contrast all that red to make it look red instead of kind of muddy.
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Rainblossom Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Gorgeous! I love the contrast of the sharp black branches against the red bg. :heart:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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eternalpuppy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
Really well done! :w00t: I love the feathers especially.
And I like how it's basically all red, but it's not like red overload. Nicely handled. :clap:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconleotheyardiechick:
leotheyardiechick Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow. This is exquisite!
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlil-mz:
Lil-Mz Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Your artwork has been featured in my journal [link] :)
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'll go and have a look through. :)
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Lil-Mz Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
You are very welcome ;) Love your style!
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CatherineSt Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colours! :#1: Great job :clap:
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:iconemla:
emla Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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