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The Woodland Guard by pallanoph The Woodland Guard by pallanoph
Finally, a colored pencil piece my scanner agreed with, and... *gasp!* A simple background that almost makes sense! It's almost too much! :noes:

This is a commission for *Kotorigaro of her magnificent character, Vaal! So all credit on his awesomeness should go to her. :D

I loved drawing him, I really did... though I must confess bits of my equine anatomy are rather rusty. Also, figuring out the way the light should bounce on that beautiful coat color was maybe a little tricky as well, but quite satisfying once I got the general idea. I absolutely adore that fuzzy lion mane of his. :love:

I nearly beat myself up trying to decide on a simple background, as I couldn't just leave him alone, floating in a beige void. For once, my silly background seems to have served its purpose. :)

This was done almost entirely in Derwent colored pencils with touches of Caran d'Ache here and there. The paper is Canson Mi-Teintes.

I hope he looks alright, *Kotorigaro Thanks for giving me the excuse to draw him! :aww:

Character *Kotorigaro
Art April Schumacher
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MadiKitten Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014
Beautiful, this is how I picture unicorns :)
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AshleyInspirations Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
pretty
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CriminalSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How gorgeous! I really like the shades in his coat and the details! :wow:
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valerv Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist
OMG its beautiful!!! and your right the backround is perfect!! you've done a perfect job on the mane color, i love it
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Astralseed Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
This piece has been featured here [link] :aww:
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SuperCJ Featured By Owner May 12, 2012
Wonderful! This is how I imagine unicorns would look, dark and rather prehistoric, like a przewalskis horse
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Hareguizer Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
Lovely! The light-touch background really works for me.
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Itarox Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012
really cool ; )
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trigun666 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
epic...looks like an instant classic..
belongs as an illustration for a fine leather bound book..
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angiedrag Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
nice work. love it
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