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Random unicorn ended up as a victim for my experiments... Everything went well until I got a king idea to draw outlines with golden gel pen. Soon it turned out that the idea wasn't so great and the unicorn without those outlines looked better. Too bad there isn't an undo-button in traditional art so I just had to keep on going and outline the whole poor creature. :dohtwo:

Well, the outlines don't ruin the picture completely but I really liked it before those lines. So I feel a bit disappointed when looking at the picture now.

But if I never try new things I never learn anything new! After all I found a nice new method for background (paper towel + dryish watercolor) and also learned that I should NOT use golden gel pen for drawings. Just decorate Christmas cards with it.

Tools: Watercolors, colored pencils, white and golden gel pen.
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:iconlelixiana:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the way you always play with the mane and the tail x) :heart:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :glomp:
Manes and tails are my favorite parts to draw traditionally. :dummy:
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:iconlelixiana:
Lelixiana Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have to inspire by you! :3
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:huggle:
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lunagriff Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2011  Hobbyist
Your traditional art is stunning! And the lighting on this horse is great!!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :blowkiss:
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Cloudrunner64 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I dunno, I kinda like the outline. And I really adore the background texture! I think I might actually like this one better than the salt...but if so, only by a teeny tiny bit. I also love the shine on this guy's eye, too.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I am really happy to hear that you think the outline isn't bad! :dummy:

I also like this texture on the background and it is nice change for my never-ending salt backgrounds! If not my watchers at least I am myself getting bored with them... ;P
So it would be nice to find some new and handy ways to fill backgrounds.
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:iconsnoopi888:
snoopi888 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011
Very pretty! I like the background, it reminds me of fallen leaves during autumn!
The shine on its mane and tail is very, very pretty too!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :w00t:

The technique I used on the background was really nice; there seem to be more and more new stuff you can do with watercolors! And the more I learn the less I know. :D
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:iconsnoopi888:
snoopi888 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
You are welcome! :hug:

Yes indeed! Trying is the key to learning new things, and you seem to do that well!
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks again! :blowkiss:
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spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Student General Artist
Very creatve. I love how the horn is slightly more crooked than the "avarage" unicorn.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :floating:
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:iconelentarri:
Elentarri Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Nice unicorn. I didn't notice the gold gel pen outline until you mentioned it - if that makes you feel better? :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, that does! Thank you kindly! :giggle:
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Eleweth Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011   Traditional Artist
Aww thatīs beautiful! *_* I really love the background, how you can made that really nice flaming effect? Itīs really awesome! :3
And anatomy + colouring in your style is AMAZING. I canīt wait to see more pictures from you :heart:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot hon! :tighthug:

Technique for background was quite simple: at first I painted the whole background with base color. After it was dry I took a dry piece of paper towel, dipped it on dryish watercolor and just poked the drawing with it. After paper towel became too wet because of watercolor I just took a new piece. Rince and repeat until you're happy with the result!
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:iconeleweth:
Eleweth Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011   Traditional Artist
I see, itīs very impressive, I think Iīll try it soon :love:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looking forward to see your interpretation! :excited:
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Love the title. Makes me think of coffee... :drool:

Anyway, I love this. The colors are sooo beautiful, and unicorn's coat looks so shiny. The way you did the mane and tail - love it! And that background - wow! That's the coolest thing ever. :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually I tried to paint the background first with coffee but I think the coffee I like (used left over) is too thin for painting so it didn't give much color. So I just painted over it with watercolors. :giggle:
Must try to make stronger coffee for painting another time.

Background was experimental but worked surprisingly well. I have a bad habit to test everything on finished linearts - would be much wiser to practice them first on separate paper. :roll:

Thank you kindly! :heart:
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well in this case, I think everything turned out very nicely! Your experimental background especially. I can't stop looking at all the cool little patterns that it makes. :D
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, sometimes my experiments are working immediately; sometimes they need a bit more tweaking... Like in this picture [link] where I tried to use leaves as stamps and the result wasn't exactly what I was looking for... :roll:
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:iconember-eyes:
Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well even if it wasn't what you were aiming for, it still looks cool to me. ;)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy to hear that! :D
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bladebandit Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2011
As always, your colouring is fantastic. Really gorgeous tones and very smooth! :D

The background looks really nice, too. o: Interesting technique; it worked well! <3
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :floating:
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shananaginz Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay for 2 reasons: Learning new things and for still making it work and despite your disappointment, you still posted. I still think it turned out rather lovely.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Indeed! If I posted only works I am 100 % happy with my gallery would be rather empty... :D
Thank you very much! :w00t:
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Soul-Cake Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
AWESOME coloring! You did a great job with all of the browns. I'm lovin' that mane, too :heart: I'm off to check your gallery :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad to hear that! :glomp:
Thank you! ^^
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:iconmeihua:
meihua Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011
The background looks kind of like fire :D And the golden outline doesn't look bad! Although it probably looks different in real life.. on the computer screen I can barely see it.
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :floating:

Yeah, I think scanning made the outlines lighter (and thus better looking) and the shine that shows in the original drawing when light hits it isn't naturally showing in this scanned version. So in the original picture outlines are emerging more.
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elementiadragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely colors, and I think the picture looks wonderful even with the golden outlines ^_^
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thank you very much! :hug:
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:iconelementiadragon:
elementiadragon Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem :3
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Jungle-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the background! :heart: and the unicorn. :meow:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :dummy:
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:iconjungle-fire:
Jungle-Fire Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob. :3
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Zvynuota Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh, wow...
that background is simply... stunning!

And I think that the golden-outline looks amazing, too :3 Somehow it glues to unicorn to the background making the picture to look very balanced and well-planed :meow:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you kindly! :aww:
I am happy to hear that you think the golden outline is bringing something good to the picture! ^^
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daffnieer Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the colors... They are so rich :)
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks a lot! :airborne:
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daffnieer Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a problem :D
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Fffffffff your horse anatomy is so good! I shall draw a unicorn just to make myself feel better :|

I LOVE the colors, its really really good. The outline looks divine, excellent job!!

PS, I have always loved the way you draw horns >.<
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, thanks a lot! I have been practising horse anatomy quite many years (still not good enought tho).
Must go and see your unicorn soon - they really have magical skills to make people feel better. :giggle:

And thank you very much! :meow:
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SunStateGalleries Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Its only part unicorn, I decided on a epic hippocampus xD I add too much detail :|

Well your anatomy beats mine anyday, and your colors! :hug:
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Epic hippocampus - sounds awesome! :excited:

And bah, I don't think I am better with any of those!
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TheOracleDragon Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful :3
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