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Fulfilling the Oath by Starhorse Fulfilling the Oath by Starhorse
[EDIT]
Replaced the file with critiques implemented.
sorry for re-uploading on you guys <_< Here's hoping it can make its way into Spectrum! The pre-critique version (along with more in progress shots) can be found on my blog.

You can get a signed print of this on my etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/ErikaStudio or have it made into stuff at Society6! www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…

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Haaaaaahhhh, it's finally done!

So, for the question: are there unicorns on Dumaria?

Yes, yes there are.

'cept they're be called Unikahn. Now y'all know where the 'kahn' suffix came from: from my middle school self's desire to be so original that I made up a world where the only difference between normal unicorns and Dumarian unikahn was the spelling. They've changed a bit since then :)

As a side note: the males are white, the females are black. I also imagined the females acting somewhat like ninja-amazons, hence, the muntjak style fangs. [EDIT] *Nafah's suggestion vaulted the female's coloring from black to somewhat iridescent black (like a magpie or raven), so thanks for the suggestion to add more color to her shading ;)

Easily more than 100 hours put in on this one, since it started out as a work doodle I never intended on finishing. Planning, folks, makes things go much smoother. Lack of the aforementioned is responsible for at least half of those hours.

Enjoy!
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Marbletoast Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Such amazing colors and light! Gorgeous and rich and full of depth. The motion is perfect, I'm carried in the wave of the running and back into the picture with the trees. The dramatic fall of light adds to the feeling that they are moving forward, and the shadows are passing over them. 
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KATATATT Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing detail in the foreground and beautiful scenery makes this piece really stand out. Great work! 
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Send-a-Dream Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
Great!!! I'm found of the ambient and the lion-like mane is so gorgeous on unicorns :)
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Sharquelle Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love how you made the genders look different from one another and how the light is cast upon the male! Heart +fav 
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Nike-Nikita-Casalos Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The creatures really satisfy me, they look very interesting. The dynamics and the background are well done. The details are impressive, especially the floating leaves.
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xKaseix Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ahhh, could this be any prettier?? Awesome work, and good luck getting it in to Spectrum! Unless you already found out, in which case I hope it's good news, and if not, try again! :D
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Heh, yeah, no go on this one. I'll try again this year though! (With something new, of course) 
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:iconxkaseix:
xKaseix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, shame. Best of luck with the next one!
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MistiqueStudio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I litterally just said "Wow" out loud; I don't do that often.
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the high compliment, you made my night :) 
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Student Digital Artist
God, the colors are just gorgeous! :love:
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad you like it! (And thanks for commenting :D
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:iconheyriel:
Heyriel Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
No problem :D
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greendragon22 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013  Hobbyist
The style is lovely, and i really like the lighting and sense of motion in this piece.
Also, the concept of ninja-amazon unicorn mares is an excellent one.
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! (I enjoyed your comment, by the way, sorry it took me a few days to get to responding to it)
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:icongreendragon22:
greendragon22 Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist
No problem! It seems to be a busy time of year for everyone.
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Noirerora Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderful!
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Beautiful and amazingly interesting creatures. unihahns, nice XDDDD
I simply love this picture *_*
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Glad to hear it! (And thanks for leaving a comment!)
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student General Artist
no prob - comments are awesome :D
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:iconlone-wolfkay:
Lone-wolfkay Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply Beautiful!
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:iconvgiselleh:
VGiselleH Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Wow, that leap of the male is so powerful! And the background is so very well done, amazing! And those color, wow, love it all ^_^
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Seize-the-Stars Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so unique! Love it!!!
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Holy chips, I wish I had half your skills with lighting and color. I WISH I COULD EAT THIS. :drool: That said, I'm quite certain this will make Spectrum. They love dramatically lit pieces with full backgrounds! (As a result, I'll likely not ever submit to Spectrum again in the near future unless I make something halfway decent on accident. :rofl:)

It's probably way too late for nitpicking, but the shoulder on the female is a little peculiar, as though there isn't much definition between the point of shoulder and humerus. But... this may not be relevant because I find myself placing a weird amount of emphasis on shoulders. :XD:

EITHER WAY. This is entirely Spectrum-worthy. Did you have it ready for this year, or for the next?
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Digital art is not recommended for human consumption, but, then again, I've never tried it, personally, so if you wish...

that aside: yes, I did have it ready for spectrum! Nick of time too, last day of the contest as per usual I'm hoping it doesn't just get buried in the scads of other creature-design central pieces there always are. Though, it's probably far more likely to be buried by uneven-breasted women and sexy were-vampires than anything, I suppose. Gotta love Spectrum :)
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Stygma Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You been featured here [link]
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for letting me know!
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lokoartest Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i just read the description....you so crazy
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Professional General Artist
haha! and proud of it!
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DancingInTwilight Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove
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Nafah Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wwwwWWWWOOOAAAHHH!! Really awesome! I love it!!
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Gotta love revisions, eh?
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azzacanth Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist
The leaves and cleaning up behind the male's face did a lot for it. The smaller refinements help also. The previous version was v ery nice, but this one is definitely nicer!
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It's amazing what a little crit can do for a piece :)
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:iconfurrama:
Furrama Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013   Digital Artist
That's a lot nicer. Good idea with the leaves, really improves the flow.
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Droemar Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Wow, you really punched this up. I really hope it gets something!
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LaughingFacade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is really, really amazing. If it's not to bold of me to say, the only thing I would possibly consider changing is the lines around the flanks of both unikahn; they're a little thicker than most of the other lines. But I digress...this is an absolutely gorgeous piece!
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Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Never too bold to give me a critique, I love improving things where I can. I probably won't reupload it again, but I'll change it on my file before going to print.
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TheSilverMasque Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student General Artist
I actually thought it was a lion at first XD Lovely and stunning!!
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
He does have quite a bit of lion in him.
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Blockbeap Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is incredible! The details are amazing.
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Tori-the-Sand-Cat Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
What an utterly gorgeous composition. Can't fault it. You have exceptional talent.
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KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! I would be tempted to have a print of this!
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
If you really want one, let me know and I can give you a quote or put it up on etsy.
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:iconkaxanthedragon:
KaxantheDragon Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I'll definitely keep you posted on that. ;)
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Couple of gorgeous beasties. ;)
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UnicornCrest Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love it. This is a look I often try to get with my unicorns, but fall far from this point. The only critique I have is the the front leg of the female is at an awkward angle. But I love the look of the unikahn and the lighting is terrific.
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I could probably fix that...
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Scylothia Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I would thicken the legs just a little bit. Even on regular deer the legs are thicker. As elegant and beautiful as the legs you've given them are, they look a bit too small for their body size, and almost too fragile for bounding. OF course, though, that's just my opinion. ^^ It's gorgeous otherwise.
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:iconstarhorse:
Starhorse Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks! I'll see if I have time to get that one in too :)
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