Attention! in July 2014, Elfwood.com will get a makeover! Read more about the change.

Elfwood is the worlds largest SciFi & Fantasy community.
  - 152859 members, 0 online now.
  - 9884 site visitors the last 24 hours.


Gwen Phifer

Gwen Phifer

Gwen is a dork! But it's ok.

(11/10) Wow. So this was like opening a time capsule. A lot of old work. A lot of old memories. It's been over a year and it's amazing to see how far I've come. I thought about totally revamping but decided against it. Here is my old work and it's good and humbling to see where I started from. So my new work will be added and go to my site to see more recent things.

As for who I am: I'm a graduate of SCAD with a BA in Illustration. I got married and have a puppy. I freelance and teach horseback riding. I've been on Elfwood for... wow... a long time, maybe I started when I turned 13?... I'm still a dork so it doesn't matter- nothing's really changed there. ^.^

Other inspirations are: Brian Froud (who doesn't love him!?), Alan Lee (yes- I have 'Faeries'), Arthur Rackham, Kay Nielsen, OLD Disney (because old school was cool!), 1900's women illustrators (because they were amazing), any of the Brandywine School artists (Pyle, the Wyeths), and some current artists like Joshua Middleton, James Jean, Shelly Wan, Kelly Hamilton, Stephanie Lostimolo, and an Elfwood favorite, Ursula Vernon.


To see more updated stuff check out my blog and my personal website:



I love fairy tales, so most of my newer stuff leans towards that. Wait... all of it does... mostly. Well, anyway. I also horseback ride, read too much, watch a lot of movies, and play with my new puppy Ginger!
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Movies and TV Shows
Serenity, Firefly, Dune, The Last Unicorn, Dr. Horrible, The Princess Bride, Howl's Moving Castle, The Dark Crystal, Nausicaa, Riddick Trilogy, Disney, Titan AE, and The 10th Kingdom
Favorite Fantasy/Scifi Books
anything by Robin McKinley or Patricia Wrede

Guestbook for Grynshadow

25 Jan 200545 Maria 'Ria' Moret
Gwen, I'd just like to tell you that you're amazing. When it comes to artwork, quantity is not as important as quality.

Take care!

1 Gwen Phifer replies: "*blush* ^-^ Thank you very much! "
22 Apr 2005:-) Aurora Kristiansen
Hi Gwen2 Some work you've got here! absolutely amazing. I just cant stop smiling when I see your pictures, and it truly fascinates me that you are just 17, just like me. you have come so far, you're gonna be a big artist. I must say my favorite is G.W.E.N the colours you have used, and the shapes, just takes my breath away. Keep up the good work!

1 Gwen Phifer replies: "Wow! You made my head all fuzzy with all your compliments. ^.^ Thank you so much!"
21 May 200545 Shane
Gwen you are such a talented artist!!!, it makes me happy in pants!!!lol j/k ya know I love ya12

14 Gwen Phifer replies: "hmm... "happy in pants"? huh... yeah- well.. "your mom" ^.~ Thanks for stopping by, Shane!"
2 Nov 200545 Owen
art=good....and you know what? I'm actually a little sad that I don't have Ms Little anymore...I really enjoyed getting her riled up 2


37 Gwen Phifer replies: "OMG! i miss art class with you! (i will forever be ... jaded? ... from art classes because of you) *hugs* at least i'm not naive about 'em. "
2 Nov 2005:-) Jean Kogok
Gwen, your art is just so amazing! Hope to see more soon!

25 Gwen Phifer replies: "dunno when i'll get around to posting more... but you've definatly helped me want to stick around. ^.^ Thanks so much for dropping by!"
2 Mar 200645 Ajder Andrei
your works are very interesting and apealing... I very mouch enjoy wantching them... nice stuff, especially your dragon pic... very nice. No real critick from me... other maybe then that you could try your hand a bit more at backgrounds... but that's just a thought... anyways, I was wandering if you could stop by my gallery and give me some CC on my works... any help would be greattly apreciated...

11 Gwen Phifer replies: "Thanks for looking through... some of this is SO old. Backgrounds. Yeah.... I've been (sorta) working on that. ^.^ College tends to suck most spare time away though. Thank you for the small crit/just going through my galla! ^.^"
17 Jul 200645 Lauren
Gwen Gwen! I loves the new stuff. Plus, the way that your sister writes comments makes me think of you speaking. I can tell you're related. I love all of your work and I expect to see tons more come September!

14 Gwen Phifer replies: "Oh my god! you found me! ^.^ hehehe awesome. I just got done with horseback riding day camp. o.O Thanks for the comment! I feel super special and stuff. "
5 Jun 2007:-) Russell Martin
You have a great gallery of pictures. Hope to see more.

11 Gwen Phifer replies: "Thank you! I hope to get more up soon... Thanks for stopping by!"
6 Nov 2009:-) Eloise renee Plante
great sorry, art...

soft contours, and smooth drawing ...

nice imajination..

13142 and i mean it.
2 Feb 2011:-) Genevieve M Fernandez
OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH!!!!! I didn’t think anybody but my and my weird family watched Firefly!!!!!!!!! But it’s one of my all time favorite shows!!!!!!!! OH MY GOSH!!!! I seriously am having a spazz attack right now, because I always ask people "Hey, have you ever scene Firefly?" and they are like "What? You mean the bug?" But now I know that there is actually another human being that watched that show because it is SO FRIGGING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!
He-hem. Sorry ’bout that. That was just my inner nerd calling out. Anyway, that’s not the ONLY reason I’m commenting. I really LOVE your work. You have such a diverse gallery, it’s kind of surprising, but my favorites are the Rapunzel and Rumplestilskin ones. Those are just stunning.
Okay, bye now, awesome art!!!!
Page: [1] 2 3 4 5
Not signed in, Add an anonymous comment to this guestbook...    

Your Name:
Your Mail:
   Private message? (Info)


Gwen Phifer

* User Name: grynshadow
* Page: http://www.elfwood.com/~grynshadow
* Gwen is not an Elfwood patron
* Joined Elfwood: 2000-00-00
* Last login at Elfwood: 2013-11-14 14:16:36
* Profile Views: 2236
* Number of written comments: 46
* Total characters in comments: 4391

* Homepage
* Personal art/stories...

World Position...
Click to Zoom in!

Elfwood™ is a site for Fantasy and Science Fiction art and stories. The site was founded by Thomas Abrahamsson and is maintained by helpful assistants and moderators, owned by the Elfwood AB corporation.