This is written in two parts so I can talk about each peacock. This peacock was done on an Icarus board which melts/burnishes the colored pencil as it's applied to the surface of, in this case, illustration board. It's about 7.75 x 11.5 inches in size. I worked approximately 5 days about 3 to 5 hours each day until completed. I still have a lot to learn using the board, but I'm fairly pleased with how this turned out.
These beautiful birds are made to be seen and admired and there is so much beautiful symbology associated with them. In Greek mythology, the peacock is associated with Juno who is the goddess of the sky and stars. In Asia, it's associated with Kwan-yin who is the deity of love, compassion, nurturing, good-will, and kindness. The Buddhists not only love the peacock because it opens itself for all to see, but because it can eat poisonous plants, it's associated with still thriving in the face of suffering.