I saw this and used it as a reference [link]
This is an illustration of the fairytale that I liked reading when I was little. It is called The Humpback Horse [link]
It is about a guy who has to get a firebird for the tsar. So his horse (who is way smarter than the guy) tells him to pour wine into a vat and put grain in it, and that would attrack the birds. So he catches one of the birds by the tail.
Gouache, gold acrylics on wood.