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Let's see. Um.

The run down is this:
I drew this over a year ago and it sat around unfinished until last week when I started painting because I was too depressed to draw new things.

I know the unicorn's nose has a vaguely canine feel to it but it's supposed to be deer-like (or as someone else graciously suggested, lion-like).
The narwhal tusks are too high on their heads...I know.

And...um...the scan seriously washed out the colors. It has more intensity in real life.

*dies*

P.S. Scanning it was a pain in the butt. Seriously.

EDIT: This was not particularly inspired by The Last Unicorn...I realize the 'visual cues' may be there but that movie and book were pretty much the furthest things from my mind when I drew and painted this. Just for the record. :)
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Lionsong Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconunicornplz: Your gorgeous art has been featured: [link] :heart:
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thatfrenchgirl Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009
wow, this is really cool o.o :)
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MidnightLightning Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
very beautiful work on the submerged mermaid statue. and maybe it's just a weird rock, but I swear there's a giant leech with an open mouth, just puddled on the rocks under the castle.
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
*L* It is just a weird rock. I think it was supposed to be a cave with stalactites. It ended up looking like a giant, gaping maw.

Maybe it's a rock monster. You never know. XD
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Moorstream Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2008
I actually didn't think of The last unicorn but rather Stephanie Pui-Mun Law's paintings. I guess you might have seen them and been inspired though? She's quite well-known. It was this whole thing with the part underwater, swirly design, and even the birds coming out like that from the stone that seemed so familiar to me and I've seen a lot of. Nicely executed, I imagine how it must be better in real life, I get that feeling all the time when I scan pictures.
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AshuraG Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the animals you added...but the nawhales really made it look like some scenes from Last unicorn...which is one of my movie evergreens. I love it! An this picture too^^
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008   Traditional Artist
^_^ Yes, it's made a lot of people think of that movie. Which I don't really mind so much but the connection between narwhals and unicorns existed long before that movie/book. I think if I'd left out the castle, it wouldn't remind everyone so much of that movie.

In any case I'm thinking of re-doing this painting. I won't put a castle in the remake, I think.
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AshuraG Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I think you should leave this one as it is. Because I have a positive feeling about it, not just because of good old memories.
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2008   Traditional Artist
oh well I'll still have this version of course but there will be a newer version. I just have some other things I think I can do with this idea and that I can improve upon since this one is pretty old.

It'll be sort of a 'sequel' to this painting. ^_^
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Stephanie-Chivas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2008  Student General Artist
It's beautiful! I hate not being able to think up some better things to say, I always just kinda repeat things so sorry about that. This really is just beautiful, I love the lion like snout, and just the whole unicorn is amazing. S/he looks so majestic and noble.
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Eviecats Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2008
Beautiful flow and concept!
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Villa-Chinchilla Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
:jawdrop: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH AWESOME :jawdrop:

This looks so great and mystic and very very special :wow: so soft and peaceful
this is so like.. i feel free when i look at this, its wonderful really :iconheart:
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krwiopijkaaa Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
This is absolutely beautiful... !!
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Pizza-Cat-Luv Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
I like the fuzzy(?) parts you've put on the unicorn. it really gives it a mystic feel.
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you. :)
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lesatho Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, how gorgeous.. I can't believe I missed this before.
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Emerune Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2007
There's something about this image that captivates me. <3

I absolutely adore the way you drew the unicorn. She looks very elegant and wise. It's very nice.
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KingArty Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
oh. my. god.
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
Hopefully that's a good thing...

^_^
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KingArty Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Don't worry. That's a fantastic thing. I don't have a seiziure over a painting often. only the really good ones!
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KawaiKawaii Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2007
This is so peaceful, and serene, but also full of life, energy and colour. I like this picture. As Songgryphon said before me it reminds me of the last Unicorn a little.
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mollygrue Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2007
I really can't look at this image and see it in any other context other than The Last Unicorn. The black castle, the narwhals, and even the animated manner in which you've rendered the twisting forms are all elements taken from the movie.

Now, that's not a bad thing. I just kind of wish that your statement would speak about that a little more. Otherwise, people are going to keep saying it for you, as you've probably noticed ^_^.

Also, this would be why people keep thinking of the unicorn as a girl. Because they can't distinguish it from the movie either.

Lovely image though. It's one of the strongest pieces dealing with unicorns that I've seen in the galleries.
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songgryphon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Beautiful! I love the design. :love:

The unicorn reminds me much of The Last Unicorn. I like that type of unicorns very much!
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Kelliswolfie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007
I know you probably pointed it out for a reason, but I really love the wolfish snout you gave the unicorn! I also like how she (he?) seems to be gazing longingly across the water at the other Unicorns on the other side. I casts a somewhat sorrowful aura about the piece, but the whole thing is also so bright and the colors so light and uplifting that it makes it hard to tell; makes one wonder, I mean. Very beautiful! I wish I could see the real thing
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2007   Traditional Artist
I mentioned the nose thing because people kept asking "Why does he have a dog nose?" and I couldn't read it without imagining it being said in a really annoying, whiny voice that made me want to beat something up. So I was hoping to avoid those comments. :D

I don't mind you mentioning the canine feel in a positive light. :)

Thanks for such a sweet, insightful comment. I appreciate it. :D
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Kelliswolfie Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2007
Heh, you're very welcome! It's not often I do that ^_^ I just really liked this piece!
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karemelancholia Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2007

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*ghasp* so amazing...
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MalteseLizzieMcGee Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2007   Traditional Artist
Fantastic picture. I like the curve the peilcons and narwhal's seem to form. This makes me think of art nouveau and the artist Rackham. The water looks great, especially the place where that narwhal is just sticking his nose up out of the sea. This picture makes me think of two things: the book 'I Believe In Unicorns' and the film 'The Last Unicorn'. I agree with you about King Haggard's castle looking like it was on crack-heck, sometimes i think he himself was on crack.
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Colononai Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2007  Student General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous. The colors and the detail are beyond impressive. I can't imagine how intense the orginal is if you say the scan killed it. +fav
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Muse-of-WonderCats Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007  Student Interface Designer
Wow! Every time I come back to deviantart I see something inspiring from you! This picture is amazing. For some reason, I really like the contrast of the sandy mountains in the background with the stone castle. Maybe that's because I'm a desert rat, lol. The unicorn's posture is very elegant. It just looks... right. I think this is one of my favorite unicorn watercolors.

Beautiful work, and I hope you feel better soon!
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Au-D Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007
wow, this is very beautiful! i really love the rock formation turning into birds thing that is going on and the look of the castle on the side.
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RetteMichBabe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
So everyone has already said it but I am going to add to it.. the unicorn? She (looks feminine to me) is amazing. The muzzle I believe gives her a unique feel, like they truly are apart from an equine, though similar in stance... I am glad that *EternalVigilance put this in her journal...
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007   Traditional Artist
Everyone but me thinks the unicorn is a girl. For some reason it looks like a boy to me. ^_^
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RetteMichBabe Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2007
well, I can see that if I look at the face alone.. :) The body style looks more feminine. Maybe if you draw what you see as a girl, we may find a vast difference?? (gentle encouragement for more unicorns..) :D
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medievallass Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
Oh this is a lovely painting. I really like narwhals and the yellow in the sky is great. I really like the unicorn too I'm a big fan of the medieval style unicorn and I think you've portrayed it beautifully here. Way to go :w00t:. I noticed in the comment you said you were feeling depressed, I hope you're feeling better now. :hug: :manhug:
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eshkenazi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007   Traditional Artist
I'm doing a little better. It comes and goes.

Thank you for the comment! Somehow from the very start, I envisioned a yellow sky. Don't know why but I decided to go with it. ^_^
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medievallass Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear you are doing better :hug:. It nice you decided to go with the yellow sky you don't see that very much and I think it's a great touch. Take care =).

Hayley :floating: :bookdiva:
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karracaz Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful.
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bunnymix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007
Very nice. :+fave:
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MwellretMiko Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
So is this the final piece? I think it looks great. Especially the architecture and the water. ^^ I think it really shows off your strengths at painting.
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JaFFamus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Amazing work once again~ I really do love the way you paint your rocks and trees and anything that is wavy in some way, hair included.
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Maija-J Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Really pretty ^^
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icedragon369 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
you've created a window upon a very wonderful world. i love all the details and subtleties you depicted. awesome job :D
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geniferrose Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2007
Beautiful work...it makes me think about that old cartoon The Last Unicorn. *digs out old vhs*
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