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A. Thomason

"Cold Indifference" by A. Thomason

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This is the counterpart to my other really realistic drawing, of Arcove. This is Virtu, I believe. His muzzle should be darker, though. I have toyed with what color I really want him to be for quite a while. I think he is going to end up being either a blood bay or a light bay. I know I already painted and drew him as white with dark points, but.... I'm having second thoughts.

In my story, Virtu is the leader-in-training. He was born to herd leaders. In my story, leaders are not necessarily born into being the rulers, though there is varying amounts of royal blood running through their veins. Leaders are determined by their loyalty to their kind and the presence of some amount of royal blood. Virtu is currently under training by the current King and Queen, but they are not his parents. His parents were the rulers before the current King/Queen, and have since moved on or passed away. There has been no queen-in-training chosen yet, though there are neighboring herds who are preparing to present some of their eligible young mares as possibilities for the next queen. King and Queen do not have to be married or partners or anything like that, many aren't and lead their own lives separate of one another. Their job is just to rule and make the toughest decisions for their herd, and they do so until they die or back down from the position.

This was drawn to go with the other drawing of Arcove. These are both their horse-forms, but this guy really has a pronounced forehead diamond - that swirl is where his horn is when he is in his unicorn-form. This drawing also got a Best In Show in last year's county fair. I really liked letting the drawing 'fade' to a sketch at the bottom, I think it adds a neat effect. Or maybe that's just me :P This isn't technically a new drawing, I just have been too lazy and/or busy to put it up.

Graphite pencils, somewhere around 7+ hours.

28 Sep 2008:-) John R Farley Jr
The shading on this is amazing, not just darks and lights but you can tell the sun / light source is at a high angle. Are those markings on his head and face specific, they look sort of like those paintings by those Indians in the American Southwest.

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you! The lady we got our horse from a couple years back had a young stallion she was selling, he was sooo gorgeous. He was dark bay with bright blue eyes and a crooked white blaze. This is practically him, with a few alterations 12 The markings on his forehead are not super specific, although I was thinking of making the number of diamonds mean something later on (making up reasons for everything can be exhausting! lol...). However, the center of the forehead where the whirl is, is generally where their horns are located in their unicorn state."
28 Sep 2008:-) Kerri Jurgens
oh...wow...this does look sooo real! i am so jealous it isn’t even funny!

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Lol!... oh wait, I mean... no lol... Thank you! 12 I don’t just draw like this all the time though, I get about one of these a year and they take quite a while to complete. Then I just get all of the other random filler drawings in between ^^"
28 Sep 2008:-) Danica Beverley Wells
Amazing! I love the details on this! 18 Love it!!!!!!!

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you! 1"
28 Sep 2008:-) Arianna Larka Louise
Simply amazing......

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you very much 1"
28 Sep 2008:-) Robyn *Copperhead* Lee
I think he looks amazing. And I love the designs in his coat...especially where the big muscle runs in his neck, and along his face. Don’t know if you meant that when you were shading and all, but it really adds to it. And he looks very wise...I’ve been drawing for years, and have NEVER had this good of images...........I have a lot of trouble with shading. I think that’s why most of mine always have more of a cartoony look to them.

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you! Most of those muscles were painstakingly placed, though some of the shading was just random luck XD My first problem was getting the proportions and shapes right; after that, I had to work on shading. It’s not easy, but after working at it for a while something just ’clicked’, and now shading is a breeze. Detail work, that’s a different story... that and proportions are what I am still working on. You probably saw it already on DA, but I have a graphite shading tutorial there if you’re interested. Thank you for commenting! 1"
30 Sep 200845 Jojo
is this the virtu that is evil, and if not, what is the difference? ar they twins? evil twins!!!!

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Virtu vs. Virtue."
4 Dec 200845 Shell
Wow.......am speechless.....

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you 1"
3 Jan 200945 Taylor
See? I knew you could make up good stories!!Better than myself, actually!! WOW!! Love the drawing.

:-) A. Thomason replies: "Thank you so much! 1"
7 Dec 2009:-) Hannah Batty Brewer
How long did this take?! 7 hrs?! This is beautiful, the time you spent really shows.
21 Feb 2011:-) Reanne Sinclair
This is beautiful! I love the eye and surrounding part of his face and around the muzzle/lips.
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'Cold Indifference':
 • Created by: :-) A. Thomason
 • Copyright: ©A. Thomason. All rights reserved!

 • Keywords: Unicorn, Virtu
 • Categories: Mythical Creatures & Assorted Monsters
 • Techniques: Pencil/Graphite Pen
 • Submitted: 2008-09-23 07:04:58
 • Views: 1738
 • Resolution: 767x1024

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