Originally Posted by Feenix
Something like this.. prefer the Phoenix looking as though it's flying straight up, not at a angle with flames at the bottom and my name "Feenix" not "Phoenix" heh.. hope this helps.. Oh.. and prefer a darker versions.. not a kiddie version like the pic below.
Sorry damn picture is so big.. sig and ava would rock if it can be managed..
Can't take the credit, I found this on Google Images... but is this something similar to what you had in mind?
Not sure if you want that exactly, but it's something some of the avatar gurus here might want to use as a base or inspiration. The pic itself is more dragon-like... but manipulating bird-like features or feathery textures can be done in Photoshop