aaaaaahhhhh so awesome. you know i love it. I don't even know what else to say about it, there's just so much to look at to keep you interested. all the shapes, the contrast between the very realistic feathers and the stylized flames/ectoplasm/smoke, it's obvious you know your anatomy and how to draw crazy realistic stuff but then it's suddenly interrupted by freaky stylization and aaah I'm probably not making any sense? But I must reiterate: it's awesome, you know i love it.
I love this. The contrast between the highly textured, naturalistic parts, and the more graphic ones really makes an impression, and at four feet square seeing this in a gallery would be incredible.
That single, liquid eye in the center, surrounded by the chaos of those nightmare birds, is all the more unsettling for its tranquility. In spite of the simplicity of the shapes that make it up, it's somehow chilling to look at.