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Born to Run--Firebringer by TheAntimonyElement Born to Run--Firebringer by TheAntimonyElement
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So, this summer I discovered Meredith Ann Pierce's "Firebringer Trilogy." Hoo boy. Hoooooooo boy. Where were they for like, my entire childhood? WHERE? D: If you like unicorns, read these. If you dislike unicorns (me), read these ANYWAY. THEY ARE THAT GOOD. First book is "Birth of the Firebringer," and once you read it you will never again doubt that unicorns can be badass. :P Also, there are gryphons and dragons and wyverns and pans and etc. Phenomenal writing, great characters, and a magnificently rich world. OMNOMNOM.

So I was overcome by the need to make some appropriate unicorn-y fanart a few months ago, and since I felt like fooling around with scissors again I did some inking and cut out silhouettes of a few key characters from the series. This proved to be ridiculously fun. So I did some more. And then I did just about every protagonist in the series, and started leafing through the books for more. XD Aaaand here you have it!

This has been like 90% done since September, but that last 10% was a bear. I just couldn't seem to get the thing done! Finally I buckled down and I can't even tell you how glad I am that it's out of my hair now. XD

Also, you can't really tell from this image, but this thing is really freakin' big--about three feet long. Each of the unicorns is about the size of an outspread palm.

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This is set after the battle of Endingfire in the final book...hopefully you can tell who all the characters are, but if not, from left to right, we have:
Jah-lila, the pan sisters Sismoomnat and Pitipak, Teki, Oro, Lell and the gryphon Illishar, Calydor, Ses, Culu, Ryhenna, Dagg, Tek, the twins Dhattar and Aiony, and Aljan himself. Overhead is the dragon Wyzasukitan. (I love the unicorns' colors, btw...most of them have totally normal horse-colors, and then you have the occasional Calydor and Tek thrown in to keep things interesting XD)

This is 100% ink-and-papercutting...all of the individual pieces are actually taped on, because I'm a huge wuss and too terrified to actually glue. XD Probably for the better, considering how much I rearranged this thing. Also, there is some gold metallic pen and some white gel pen in there somewhere. :B Hope it doesn't burn your eyes too much...patching all the different scans together did a real number on the colors. XD

Whooooo it's done! Enjoy! ^^
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Born to Run--Firebringer by *TheAntimonyElement
The suggester said: "To truly appreciate this work of art it must be seen in full size, and even then the artist states that it's not as big as the tangible piece! It has brilliant coloring and displays excellent paper cutting.' ( Suggested by Koceta and Featured by cakecrumbs )
Zene Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This. Is. Gorgeous. 

Your craftsmanship speaks for itself in this piece. All the forms flow wonderfully, and the choice of background helped accentuate all the shapes in the foreground. Well done! Makes me want to read the series again!
NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful and makes my heart swell with nostalgia ^^
Sanluris Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see Pitipak and Sismoomnat! I love those two, and I love their names, too, especially Pitipak's. She's my favorite, I think…though it's hard to choose! There are a ton of great characters.
I wish I could have read these books as a kid, too. I think I would have liked them. I understood what the author said when she explained that she pretended to be a unicorn when she was a child, because at that age, it's easy to walk on all fours. When I was little I pretended to be a dolphin. :)
This mural is amazing. I'm glad I did the full view, because then I could see all of the details. I love the paper cutout style (it reminds me of some story books I read as a kid), and the designs of the unicorns and pans and other creatures. It's really good, and definitely amazing! It's awesome that you made it so big. It should be a library mural.

Good for you for not gluing--that stuff is a big pain! I think that it usually hurts more often than it helps. I've torn art projects a lot with glue many times, and almost stuck my fingers and hands together.
Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
Diamond-Stud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student
This is unbelievably beautiful!!!! :heart:
LegoCookieDoggie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Magestic O.O
blanket86 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love this style. Really great work!
K9battlecry Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Firregani Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, congrats! I've had you watched for a long time, you definitely deserve it
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