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The Unicorn by mollygrue The Unicorn by mollygrue
painted and textured in photoshop
textures from cgtextures.com

I don't know if I could consider this part of the light-hearted series I've been doing, though I incorporated many of the same techniques. This is The Unicorn, or Lady Amalthea, from The Last Unicorn, by Peter S Beagle.

For prints of this work, go here: [link]
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Crimsonsheart Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Its a very stunning picture in itself but how is this a Unicorn? (No I am not familiar with Peter S beagle's work)
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mollygrue Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Google it.
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Crimsonsheart Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
can't you just tell me how this a is a unicorn?
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littlemisshufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Old comment is old, but here's a quote from the book to clarify things. 

The context: A wizard just turned the last unicorn in the world into a mortal human woman. The unicorn is terrified and repulsed by her new human body and is trying to walk on only two legs.

"For a moment she turned in a circle, staring at her hands, which she held high and useless, close to her breast. She bobbed and shambled like an ape doing a trick, and her face was the silly, bewildered face of a joker's victim. And yet she could make no move that was not beautiful. Her trapped terror was more lovely than any joy that Molly had ever seen, and that was the most terrible thing about it."

Read the book, or watch the movie (both are fantastic). You will never look at unicorns the same way ever again.
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Crimsonsheart Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Will do, that sounds interesting. Thank you.
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littlemisshufflepuff Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Coolio, you're welcome. :)
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animeluver71552yay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This one picture, already tells a lot.
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KyuubiMyLove Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Wonderful.
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Chinchilla-Girl Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
"I can feel this body....dying all around me!!!"
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Amalthea1983 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I love this, it emulsifies the pain the Unicorn/Amalthea feels once she has been transformed.
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BabylonSabby Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student General Artist
How very dark and...horrifying. I was telling another artist earlier about how the unicorn's transformation wasn't only a change in form, but a death for both forms at once. She died as a unicorn and in time her human body would also die.
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Crystalas Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
i like this pic cos its so dark and creepy in the movie they just show her wigging out about it but there must have been a bit in the book when the four legged unicorn had to get used to walking on only two feet. you show that terror in her eyes without even showng her face
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littlemisshufflepuff Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you captured the unicorn's sheer terror at being transformed into a human. Like the book, your painting portrays this as a very dark moment, when the immortal unicorn gets her first bitter taste of mortality and weakness. She crawls around on the floor like an injured beast, trying to get used to her new limbs and completely different body structure. She looks clumsy and confused and afraid, but her movements are beautiful in their own raw and frightening way, as if the unicorn in her lingers still.

Forgive the long comment, but your picture really moved me. That's what great art does to people.
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
To expand, I think this is exactly what looks so amazing here - the figure is technically clearly recognisable as human, but you still feel as if you're looking at something animal and alien like an iguana or a jackal. Also, the rough painting style really makes it work...And the indistinguishable face and silhouetted arm are also particularly great touches.... Just like how the figure is creeping along the ground, as if it's sniffing... And the red/black split of the background.... Really, this picture is amazing. O.O
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Kaytara Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. That's certainly an original take on the character... Love the somewhat gruesome and surrealistic and animalistic feel of the picture....
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Zlatt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
I really like it! Itīs pretty dark and mystic
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MidnightDaze Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009   Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome! Its so moody and atmospheric, I love your style... Also love this movie ^-^
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myszkaa Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Amazing! Very nicely done!
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alyssumm22 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
that's beautiful.
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y-u-m-e Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
very beautiful
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MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think it fits anyway. :)
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mollygrue Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Thanks ^___________^
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Subishi Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is cool, it feels like what she might have looked like if instead of crying she'd just been absolutely pissed/freaked out when she turned into a human.
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mwoloshen Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
Straight out of the Black Paintings.
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mollygrue Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2009
I love Goya.
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joshcmartin Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wonderful! darker and somehow more beautiful than usual! brilliant!
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blackseraph4444 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009
That is one of my favorite childhood movies.

I really like how you portrayed mood in the painting.
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martinhoulden Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Professional General Artist
now THIS be good!
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