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Steely Steed by Agaave Steely Steed by Agaave
Here is my Thyella as a bizarre version of a carousel horse. This was supposed to be my entry for TheUnicornMasquerade's Three Colour Carousel Unicorn Contest where the idea was, like the title says, to draw a carousel unicorn with just three colors. However, I didn't like the flat colored version of this drawing so I ended up shading it and added a texture on the top of everything. Contest rules do not allow hues so this is just inspired by the contest theme, not an actual entry. ;)


Character and picture © me
Tools: Markers, colored pencils, white gel pen, Gimp

Background texture by AgaaveStock (yeah that's me
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onlyanaccount Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014
Carousels. I remember when I take little kids on them and we would just talk. Everyone looked at us funny because it is so odd to see teenagers riding on unicorns while talking to the little kids we are suppose to be watching. 
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Agaave Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In my opinion we are never too old for a carousel ride. Giggle Nod 
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onlyanaccount Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014
Unless it breaks under your weight. that's a problem! :o (Eek) 
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Agaave Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I can see what you mean. :paranoid:
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Adreos Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its a horse dragon.... hmm... I like that concept.

I say this by horse body and dragon like horns.
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Agaave Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you again! It was really pleasant surprise to see this comment flow of yours in my inbox! :excited: rvmp 
I wanted to give her a bit dragonic look and I will more likely to go even further to that direction when I develop her design more. ;)
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Adreos Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I finally got around to working on my dA messages. Don't think I abandoned you :P
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am glad you haven't! :hug:
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Eleweth Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
Wow this is strong picture! I am wondering how you did that background oO that´s markers? Firt I was think you added that bg digitally! It looks really amazing ._.
And that horse have really interesting design! Looks really cool - like fantasy unicorn for knights! :D
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Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :heart:
It was really fun to design the armor for the horse, I might have to make more of these... :giggle:

The background is done digitally, only horse is drawn traditionally. I have recently started to do textures from my photos and this background is one result of my experiments.
There is a link to this particular texture and my stock account in artists comments. ^^
I guess something like this could be achieved with markers or inks and alcohol, at least what I have seen from your works alcohol creates similar-ish patterns. :meow:
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Eleweth Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014   Traditional Artist
Ah soo. But it looks very cool - you confused me! :D 
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Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, sorry! :XD:
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ReQuay Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
This is so stunning!  ♥♥♥  Thyella looks amazing (as she always does) and the colors that you chose for the textured background, paired with her awesome bone armour, just make this image 'pop.'  I just want to keep looking at this, and little details and colors, over and over.  :love:  It's really beautiful!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :glomp:

Pairing this Thyella picture with this particular texture was a happy accident: I had the horse part ready quite a while but it just didn't look right with flat colors and I didn't know what to do with it.
Then I just decided to test if I could make it work somehow and splashed my newest texture on the top of it and was like: omg, it doesn't look too bad! :eyepopping:
A lesson learnt: a texture can save otherwise doomed picture. ;P
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ReQuay Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Tucks away the lesson learnt (a texture can save otherwise doomed pic) into memory for my own pieces that will need some assistance down the road.  :idea: 
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Ember-Eyes Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Okay, this is just pure wicked awesomeness right here. :XD: I love the skull and feathers atop the pole, and the armor is just stunning. It totally suits this awesome gal of yours. It goes really spectacularly with her horns. 
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay, thanks a lot! I had lots of fun while planning and drawing the armor. :giggle:
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Tauchawee Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :boogie:
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Night-Island24 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is just awesome!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :dummy:
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Revonsusi Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ihanat yksityiskohdat :heart:
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kiitos paljon! :love:
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Esseld Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
gorgeous!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :floating:
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VAngelLJ Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful ^^
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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PinkLionArt Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this is awesome!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot! :happybounce:
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PinkLionArt Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Youre welcome^^
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BambisParanoia Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There is seriously a lot of awesomeness going on here and I wish you all the luck with the contest!:heart:
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :bow:
I am not able to enter the contest with this picture because I shaded the picture which is not allowed... However the contest has really cool theme so it was a great source of inspiration! :dance:
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BambisParanoia Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, I see.:(
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Anavi-Ivy Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student
awesome job ^^
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dummy:
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That armor design is to die for <3
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you hon! :love:
It was really fun to come up with the design, tried something steampunk-ish with bones. :D
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome <3
Well, that's just an awesome combo done by an awesome artists, how could it ever go wrong?
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh well, I would say that mix it with steampunk and you'll get a great soup even if the cook was bad. ;P
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PolarisAstrum Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, but in this case the cook is awesome, so you can be sure to get awesomeness levels that are capable of destroying the entire universe :giggle:
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I like her bony-organic armor :)
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmmmm, your comment gave me new ideas for character development... :plotting:
Thanks a lot! :boogie:
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EspressoOnTheRocks Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
wow crazy cool!!!!!!
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank youuuuu! :la:
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FadedLightning Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, this is pretty. The colours and hues you've used are so rich and full! Shame you couldn't enter it into the contest though :|
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! :w00t:

Yeah, I tried to use only flat colors but they didn't work at all for me.
I have to lear a neat way to do those so that I am prepared when I need the skill next time. :D
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FadedLightning Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!

I'm still learning how to use Photoshop atm and it's an old version as I can't afford the newest one
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't have Photoshop at all, I use Gimp which is a free program. However I am tempted to buy PS but it really is expensive... So not sure if it is worth because I don't do that much digital art. :|
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FadedLightning Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I've tried using both and I still feel like a right noob. Doesn't help that I only have a mouse to work with either :|
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Agaave Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, pen tablet makes it lot easier... Mine is currently not working but luckily I can do textures and edits with mouse. Couldn't draw with my mouse tho, would need lots of practice to do that.

Don't worry about feeling yourself noob, it gets easier the more you use the programs! Just try different tools to find out what they do. Of course it helps to read some tutorials, those will get you started, but you cannot really learn until you do things yourself. ^^
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