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September 12, 2010
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Thin Red Line by KJL90 Thin Red Line by KJL90
This is my entry for the :iconunicorn-club: contest. :) Pretty fun two-part contest.

Anyway, I've been working really hard on this ever since the stock photography winners were announced. Even before the winners were announced, I had decided I would try to draw multiple unicorns for my entry. I chose these two to combine, since I love action. :)

Action! And volcanoes! And lava! And cliffs! And action! :la:

I had to up the saturation a LOT because the scanner killed the color. :( So now the background looks okay but the unicorns have too much color on them. :noes: Maybe I'll try to touch this up before the contest deadline-- I still have another week. :)

Anyway, hope you guys like! :D And hopefully I'll fix this up and it'll be really nice and you guys will like it even more. :) The color is colored pencils this time, btw, not crayons like I usually do. xD

Unicorn in foreground: white horse stock 4 by Aestivall-Stock by :iconaestivall-stock:
Unicorn in background: nico andalusian 1 by venomxbaby by :iconvenomxbaby:


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Two unicorns have arrived at the edge of an abyss. The one which the human eye finds first has her vision blocked out by her own mane, and is galloping straight towards an inevitable conclusion: falling down the cliff into whatever lies hidden beneath that ominous pitch-black blanket. While she remains oblivious to her fate, her horn - radiating a bluish-white aura at its base that cools down to yellow at its tip - points to a nearly identical unicorn in the midst of his fateful leap. What ignites this work, however, are the shadowed volcanoes coated with scorching lava spewing out firey smoke; they imbue the unicorns with a necessary drive to escape. The cliff is a border between known and unknown, between life and death, and thus is the title's "thin red line". This work could be made better if the unicorn's movements alone could convey a sense of desperateness, balancing their importance with the background.

Both unicorns' anatomies and hair express their respective movements well (after all, references were used), and the blurring of hooves has been factored in. Although their colours are too strong, that issue has been rightly blamed on the scanner. Visible pencil strokes convey a dim atmosphere besides accentuating the unicorns, and shades of warm colours suit the volcanoes well. This leaves two technical errors: a portion of the darkness extends a little too far up the cliff's wall, and the red-hot lava flowing down the leftmost volcano "blends" into earth contrary to common sense. Unicorns in danger have not been attempted much before, owing to their perceived "friendliness" and "incapacity" - this picture provides another good alternative viewpoint.
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Not bad, not bad at all... ;)
xilovehorsesx Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome! I love the bright colors :D Great job. And good luck in the contest! :)
Wow, this is gorgeous! :love:
woah, this is so awesome! I love it so much :D
Very beautiful scene!
SilverFlameWanderer Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really neat. I actually like all of the color on the unicorns. I think it makes the picture more dramatic. I love the surreal aspect of the picture too. Very nice work :)
Sky-Lily Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That is just awesome 8D
Tobermaury Sep 13, 2010   Photographer
LIFE MUST BE LIVED! (flings myself in front of horse)

"Now remember, kids, every time you say you don't believe in unicorns, a unicorn jumps off a cliff into an endless black abyss. :nod:"
This looks fantastic!
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