This is the second image of Tremsin and the Firebird. The other showed when he found the feather, this one shows when he sees the bird itself for the first time. The story has some really classic parts that make you say “What….?” I recommend taking a look at this version of the text online.
The process for this image was the same as the first. Thumbnails, then bigger sketches, then shooting reference and composing it to match the drawings. After that it was drawing, inking and painting. the Final touches are reductions from several handmade textures overlaid digitally.
Prints of this and others are for sale on my Etsy shop!