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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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:iconmadikitten:
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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kalmanen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Absolutely beautiful work once again <3 The pose is just wonderful, and I love the simple background :)
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ClusterFack Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that you put so much in your Artists Comment-box, helps people udnerstand the picture better somehow and get to know the artist a little bit more :3
Anyway, splendid work with the fur. You did a great contrast betwene the short and the thicker, longer fur. And the colours are way beound cool too. Well done! :)
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Caudex289 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I, I.. I'm speechless!:o
Amazing piece! Truly is!
I just love everything about it, I can't find a single minor piece of criticism !:o
Amazing, keep it up!:D
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Snaphance93 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I don't comment enough at your stuff, but let me assure you that I love it all. Like this--the fur looks so real, and I love the transitions from brown to black. His coat is gorgeous as well, and the light play looks good.

I just realised while typing this comment that I've got a scaringly similar species of unicorns, haha xD It's really interesting to see how others've gone about combining horses and lions.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm not too practiced on highlights found on smooth coats, so it's good to hear you like it. I suppose it helped that I had plenty of good references!

I've come across plenty of coincidences like that on dA, that's for sure. And some coincidences are more common than others! :lol:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
I love Vaal, happy to see you've drawn him :excited: Gorgeous work, love the mane!!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
He is quite the handsome character! And I had a blast, being given a proper excuse to draw him. I'm so slow when I want to do random gift art... :XD:

Thanks, Amanda! :hug:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Ha, me too. I have had a list of giftarts on my desktop since about four years ago. XD Some of those people have left dA...
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wheresmytea Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh I really like how you handled the subtlties of colour in his coat, especially on his flank and shoulders where the dark blends into the lighter tone but there's a bit of backlighting too. Its complicated but so smoooooth looking :)

Like his playful bow too :3
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
This was one of my more favorite challenging subjects so far: He's deceptively simple looking, design wise, but as I went I found he's far from simple. :D Also, I really love that color!

Thank you! :D
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Bueshang Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Artist
Beautifully done :D
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Psyartista9 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconwheeeeplz: Beautiful rendering. I love how you've just made those muscles stand out with those highlights and shadows. Those pale streaks against the darker fur of his back is a really nice touch, too; and that mist in the background definitely makes him seem all the more fantastical.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I haven't been able to do smooth shading for a glossy coat in a long time... Highlights are tricky business! Thankfully *Kotorigaro has done some lovely art of this character, which was a real help in capturing those wonderful shades in his coat. :D

Ooh, I should do some photo referenced studies just to get back into some things, maybe when I find time again... :lol:

(Oh, and I haven't forgotten about your note. I'll be getting to it soon!)
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Kumotogi Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
tight! :la:
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ladyburrfoot Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
stunning!
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redman1997 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the colours you used, makes it look very woody. :meow:
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Sanglamore Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012   Digital Artist
Absolutely gorgeous :)
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconcarryn:
Carryn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is gorgeous! I love how the colors make him look real.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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Carryn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You are welcome.
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dwuff Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Have have HAVE to get a commission done by you sometime. The problem is just deciding on what exactly.
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:iconpallanoph:
pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe... :giggle: I still have quite a list on my hands, though I am working on it. I suppose that might be enough time for you to decide? :lol:
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dwuff Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I assumed as much! :lol: Yes, perhaps. :nod:
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weremoon Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Artist
You did a great job on him.:) Beautiful character.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, dear! :heart: :)
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Kotorigaro Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AAAAAH
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This is so gorgeous Pallanoph! :heart: Love the background; a simple concept that nonetheless balances and grounds the whole picture perfectly. So jealous, I hate backgrounds for the exact reason that mine never do that for me. :giggle:
And his colour is spot on, much kudos for that! He's a tricky one but he's looking beau~tiful!
And that pose is wonderful- dynamic and interesting but still in keeping with his character. Well done dear!
I'll be honest. His butt has never looked so fine. :rofl: :la:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I know we never discussed a background, but since I took a fair amount of time to get around to this, I decided I couldn't just leave him floating there. :giggle:

I adore his color... and I can't recall ever trying to capture that coat color before. Thank goodness you've got some lovely solid paintings and references for me to refer to!

:icondatassplz:! Excellent, hehe! :lol:
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Eeconyn Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Wow you have really done Vaal credit here! His colours are just perfect, and you're right - the background really tops it off. I'm sure Koto will be thrilled :aww:
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I love his color, so I was determined to get it right. :D
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kirocontoy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
It's supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
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Soul-Cake Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Besides the spectacular fact that you are a (kickass) TRADITIONAL artist, I love the fact that you use toothy paper :meow:
There will be a picture of yours hanging in my room someday...
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Toothy paper is where it's at! If I'm not using this heavier tooth for my colored pencils, I'm using at least a vellum finish. Smooth is absolute crap when it comes to me working on it and trying to layer color!

And thank you! :aww: I'm flattered! (Also, your icon is all sorts of cute. :D)
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Soul-Cake Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love paper with texture when it comes to colored pencils. I guess I'm spoiled, though, because the only time I use smooth paper is when I color on Bristol. It's the best quality smooth paper out there, I think :XD:

And thanks! Fat rainbow unicorns are all sorts of majesty lol.
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Really great work here! I've enjoyed seeing other artists renditions of such a beautiful character. The color paper you chose for this piece really works nicely. Also, as you say, the background fits perfectly and I enjoy the atmosphere you achieved in this. :) And I believe your equine anatomy is just peachy for being rusty. ;)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe, thank you kindly! I agonized over the paper color for almost a week, and was torn between at least 5 different shades. :XD:

It's been a long time since I've done in-depth studies of horses from photo reference. I guess I need to get some more practice in! :D Glad to hear it pases inspection. :giggle:
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Misted-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!

Lol, I wouldn't object to more horses from you. ;)
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Seaff Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
Wow! That's beyond amazing, I love it!
The harmonious colours look so appealing, and your posing and anatomy is top notch! I think the faded background to it adds so much as well.
Kotorigaro's character is awesome too. I love that mane and the light markings along his back.
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Neutral colors like me, thankfully, and I like them! I wish I could say the same for anything more vibrant, but... nope! :lol:

Vaal is wonderful... so good to have an excuse to draw him. :D
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