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Given 2005-04-12
In addition to being a fantastic work of traditional art, Asian fantasy by ~discarded is simply packed with charm and humor. ( Suggested by damphyr and Featured by twosilverstars )
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prettyboyswearpink Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2007
wonderful!
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username729 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2006
Every little detail of this picture is perfect! You are a very talented artist. :nod:
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aera Featured By Owner May 13, 2005
this looks realyreally interesting, more like some caricature. Especially the unicorn...
The bright colors are simply wonderful ^^
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Akuinnen Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2005
X3 love the unicorns expression its very amusing :heart::+fav:
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sarahmoule Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005
wooooah!! this is so beautiful!
the unicorn reminds me of this book I had when i was a little girl, called "What a mess" about a dog covered in weeds.
I love it!
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Da-ReBeL Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2005
wow thats so beautiful! i love the expression of the unicorn and the serenity of the figure!
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vfuller Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005   Interface Designer
wowser
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reflection13 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
lovely colours. Beautiful job.
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Demon-of-Nirvana Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Ohhh...the colors are so nice! :D And the border is beautiful! :)
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Julie-tibby-tat Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
I love it!

~Julie
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K-tice Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Ooooh! That's so very beautiful!!!
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Drin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
I love this :+fav:
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Lavit Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
It has grown old about the anxiety of dying by a tree, and that misterious woman, I would damn her, but she hasnt even regarded about whats happening in the world... It would be cool seeing the next scene. :smile:
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CocoaBeans Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Simply spectactular. The colors, so vivid. Amazing. :+favlove:
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NatsuChan5 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice :thumbsup:
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RedDragonfly Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
This is truly a must-see for anyone who has loved a horse-
if you can still love that horse slathered in mud
with brambles in her beautiful long flowing mane,
then this image is for you.
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Crimson-Mane Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What a beautiful picture. Very well done, indeed. I can't seem to take my eyes off it, lol. :P
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damphyr Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Once again, beautiful work, I just adore it. Enjoy your time in the spotlight. :D
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jiggleBelles Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
The picture itself is nice.

The border with the samurai helmets and the ukiyo-e inspired waves... absolutely YUMMY. O.O
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CrystalEternity Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
I just have to wonder what they're doing there! The unicorn looks sort of bedraggled at first, but then you realise he seems to have something growing through him and you look down to see the root. He then looks like of helpless, and I wonder if the woman is some kind of witch who has captured him. Unicorns are usually impossible to catch unless you have a pure heart, according to fantasy tradition, and I wonder if she's succeeded.
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joanime Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Eeeee, congrats on the DD, RanRan!! You totally deserve it. This is a beautiful piece.
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patrx Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Nice work!! Love the colors and the subjects' expressions...:D
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ewick Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Beautiful :)
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Silvermare Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
That is so adoreable!

Of course, as a fantasy equine artist, I am looking at this with envy and thinking, "why didn't I think of that?" LOL!

Brilliant and whimsical concept! I love the colors you used on this, and the glow that increases the sense of magic in the piece. I am most intrigued by your suse of heavy black to break up elements, however. It almost reminds me of east meets west: the flowing colors and harmonious lines of eastern style painting meet the emboldened lines of western art noveau and storybook illustration, as well as the western unicorn meets the eastern spirit folk. Just extraordinary!

I also love how you captured so much personality in this piece. Both characters seem so arrogant and proud. The unicorn is clearly suffering for his vanity, while the person gloats, (and possibly refuses to assist for fear of becoming likewise muddied?) Someone should tell each of them about the wonders and benefits of mud based beauty peals.
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Rogyn Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005   Writer
I just wanted to let you know that
that was a wonderful critique.
People could certainly learn from you.
:heart:
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fancie Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
beautiful!!~~
i love unicorns =D
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sylverhawke Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Professional Traditional Artist
this piece is truely stunning.
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miserybahamut Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
This is absolutely lovely. The facial expression on the ki-rin is just gut busting. That poor dirty creature looking on to that perfectly clean, happy, distant lady sniffing the flora. How rude! The colors are very vibrant and have a lovely charm within the picture all their own. The background puts a dark forest in the distance to show where the poor creature treaded from. Just a lovely piece, yet immensely funny. Great job.
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Calibizaro Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my gosh....this is an absolutely gorgeous illlustration. I love your colors and texture, and ambiance....superb!
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starrypawz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw poor unicorn. :(

Funneh pic though
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Enzotheft Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Very nice!! lol:)
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BraveAnimal Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
There must be a story!.. why is the uni in the mud? why si the lady just sitting ther smelling a flower?

I have my story all made up! FUn!
Great drawing, congrats on the fav!
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DaRKNeZ22 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Wow such an inspiring job
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Raye9683 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe.. i love the look on the unicorn/Ki-rin's face.. it looks like it's gonna cry. Lovely colors and detail.
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NaruArri Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
That is awesome!!
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Mopsen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Great pic., very very nice coloured!
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Kia-san Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
How beautiful!
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nursenikki Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hah, that's so pretty and cute! The unicorn's a bit pudgy, but that rocks, because it makes me think of that old Opera Looney Tunes episode with Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny. :heart:
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jessicajohns Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
This is cool, what did you use to colour it?
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Firretayl Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful artwork.
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alienkabalien Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, that's really cool! I love the boarder as well as the actual picture!
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Candygram Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Wow! This is some great work! I love the facial expressions here. Is that a kelpie?
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starrypawz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Whats a kelpie?
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Silvermare Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
According to Celtic mythology, a kelpie is a beautiful person from the sea that has the ability to turn into a seal. It is said that they take the forms of seals when they are in the water, but when they come upon the shore, they remove their seal skin like removing a wetsuit, hide it, and then roam the land as a drop dead gorgeous man or woman. It is said that if a mortal finds the seal skin of a kelpie and takes it, then the kelpie will become enslaved to that person, and in many cases will marry that person, as well. However, if the kelpie rediscovers the skin, then there may be no saving the thief from the kelpie's wrath. I am not sure how a kelpie might appear or act in Asian mythology, though.
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sfranke Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Actually, what you've described is a selkie. A kelpie is:

"In lowlands of Scotland, the river spirit known as the kelpie appeared in a variety of shapes. The most common was in the form of a horse, and it was in this shape that it was called the kelpie. The kelpie haunted the fords of swollen stream and would lure any unwary traveler to their doom. When a traveler came to the river at night he would see only a horse, and if he were so unlucky as to attempt to mount the creature the creature would kill its rider. Deep pools in the river were believed to be inhabited by the kelpie as a guardian spirit. It is said that a kelpie haunts the Loch Ness in Scotland. The faerie appears in the woods as finely decked horse and would rush its victim to Loch-na-Dorb, Loch Spynie, or Loch Ness, and devour them."

Got that from this site: [link]
And the selkie: [link]
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starrypawz Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah thats ok I understand now.
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Silvermare Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
:ohmygod: That's right! I always get those two confused. Thank you for setting me straight on that.

I am from California and lived near the great kelp forests (aquatic forests of thick seaweed that are nearly the underwater equivalent of California's great redwood forests.) Seals and sealions inhabit the kelp forests so I naturaly associate "kelp" with them. Thus the reason I always mix up kelpies and selkies. Likewise, the "selk" in selkie is like "silk" as in the silky hide of a fine steed. Thus, I am always switching and confusing the two. :ohmygod: Please, forgive my blunder. ^^;

I hope the person who's comment I responded to catches your comment, too. I don't want to spread further confusion.
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sfranke Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
eh... I had to look it up :D :blush:
But, also I saw the movie The Secret of Roan Innish and remembered the selkies from that so... I didn't mean to seem mean of nothin'. :D You're lucky, I live in Texass, we don't have cool things like seals... lots of horses tho, though I never met one that carried people off to their demise :shrug: :D
Loverly gallery you!
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Candygram Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, that's ok. You never hear about mythology of too many countries ('cept Greece)... it's hard for me to keep them straight, too!
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