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Fulfilling the Oath by Starhorse Fulfilling the Oath by Starhorse
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: or have it made into stuff at Society6!…


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.

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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. 
KATATATT Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing detail in the foreground and beautiful scenery makes this piece really stand out. Great work! 
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 :)
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 
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.
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
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) 
xKaseix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, shame. Best of luck with the next one!
MistiqueStudio Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. I litterally just said "Wow" out loud; I don't do that often.
Starhorse Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the high compliment, you made my night :) 
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