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The Sphinx

The sphinx embodies beauty, intelligence, and strength. The regal qualities of a lion, a human visage and feathered wings combine to shape this magnificent creature. The form of the sphinx has been used in centuries-old art to represent the power of pharaohs and queens. A sphinx may appear as male or female, depending on the culture of origin of the tales that feature the creature. Legend has it that the sphinx is famous for tormenting unlucky travelers by asking them to answer nearly unsolvable riddles. Those who can solve her puzzles may continue on their journey; those who can't meet their doom.

The Sphinx is a creature featured in my book "The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures." In keeping with the field guide style of the book, this print re-creates the style of a turn-of-the-century zoological illustration.

This is a 13"x19" Limited Edition print with an edition of 50.

The print is signed and numbered, and printed on 100% cotton Velvet Fine Art Paper using archival Ultrachrome ink.

All prints are signed before shipping. Please let me know if you would like a special message or dedication!

Please note the actual prints do not have any watermark on the images themselves.

Artwork is ©2011 Emily Fiegenschuh. Copyrights to the work are retained by me.

"The Explorer's Guide to Drawing Fantasy Creatures" is my new book, published in August by IMPACT Books. It's a "how-to-draw" book aimed at a beginning to intermediate audience that includes basic art tips and information, guidance for designing creatures, and step-by-step instruction for drawing fantasy critters and their various features and accessories. It also features a whole bunch of brand new full color creature paintings!

The Sphinx-Print


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  • Materials: cotton fine art paper, ultrachrome ink
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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