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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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Given 2013-08-13
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 )
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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!
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NightshadeULF Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is beautiful and makes my heart swell with nostalgia ^^
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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.
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Angie-Pictures Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Beautiful work! Congratulations on the DD!   :iconflowerheartplz:
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Diamond-Stud Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student
This is unbelievably beautiful!!!! :heart:
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LegoCookieDoggie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Magestic O.O
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blanket86 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This is so beautiful! I love this style. Really great work!
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K9battlecry Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
OMG I LOVE THIS
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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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AnnieSmith Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
this....is....epic!
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Magikapple Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I would love to get this on my wall....
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randomalienman Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
This is just so cool
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PirateLotus-Stock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Oh wow, amazing work!
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AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation :huggle:
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is fantastic!  I love those books so much, I discovered the first one when I was 10 and read it *every* summer, for years.  I didn't find the other two books till I was nearly 20, man, what an epic saga.  Your work is fantastic, and truly does the books justice.  :D
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ThePhantomDragon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
OMG the day i come back to dA look what i find in the DDs awesome job!!!! 

btw hows life going?? 
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WindsweptSpirit Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beyond amazing. How did you have the patience to make this? Such detail! It's a shame that this took over two years to be recognized for a DD, as it is completely deserving of it. So, how long did this take?
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :) It took...quite a while, haha XD Probably about 1 hour each for most the characters, although the dragon took quite a bit longer because I had to arrange her. :P Honestly the background took by far the longest, mostly because I had to keep re-doing it because I *knew* there was a nice convenient way to flick your paintbrush to get stars, but I couldn't quite remember how and kept messing it up. XD
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Mana-ghostwolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
OH MY GOSH!!

THIS IS LIKE THE FIRST FANART I HAVE SEEN OF THIS BOOK!!

I have "birth of a firebringer" since forever it was my mom's! The book was like made in the 80's the pages are all yellowed.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, that's awesome! :) I'm so glad I found the series, I just love it so much. :heart: If you're interested in more fanart from the books, check out this group: :iconunicorns-of-the-vale: There's all kinds of great stuff! :)
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Mana-ghostwolf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Student Filmographer
Thank you so much!
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Cookiewing Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This looks absolutely gorgeous. Now I gotta read that books~ (If I find them anywhere (or in amazon))
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, please do! :D I promise you won't regret it, they're some of the most well-written books I've ever read and I totally recommend them. And thank you! :heart: 
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Cookiewing Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yush ;u; I really need some good book at the moment, I always read so fast >-< When we make the next amazon order, I'll buy it~
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Doooo it! And then tell me how you like it! :D 
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HiddenYume-stock Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Oh man this came out fantastic!!! So totally fitting of that series - the first two books were around for my childhood, and I snapped on the third one like crazy once it was finally reprinted for a short while. Really just a fantastic sweeping image.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: I just love the books so much...I'm really glad I had the chance to get them when they were all available! :3
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orasteele Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Love this! Great tribute to a fantastic series!!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Mirka-Dragon Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
Omg, wow! Amazing picture! :wow:
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Sada-Pazaki Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome :wow:
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Debra-Marie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Run horsies! Be freeeee!
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Koceta Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yesss, they accepted my DD suggestion! In addition to what it says on the Daily Deviation, I also added that you introduced me to an awesome book series I never would have found otherwise, and that I was thankful for that. But I guess they have a character limit and couldn't fit that part in :XD:

I'm so glad this piece of yours got the recognition it deserves :)
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lupagreenwolf Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's so tough to find BotF fan art--thank you for this glorious piece!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :) If you're looking for more fanart from the series, I recommend this group: :iconunicorns-of-the-vale: They have all kinds of great stuff! :) 
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lupagreenwolf Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Many thanks :)
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MicheWoof Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm honestly surprised that it took them this long to give it the props this clearly deserves. I saw this about a year ago and absolutely fell in love. The detail is amazing.
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww...thank you so, so much! I'm really honored that you like it so much! :heart: 
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ViiiFox Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
amazing work, i looove all the colors!
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CookiePhantom Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Filmographer
Woooow... I love this so much, I could stare at it all day and not get bored!  I will definitely have to check out this series!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, please do! :D They're some of the best books I've ever read and I can't recommend them enough! :heart: Give them a try, I promise you won't regret it! ;)
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nerdycanuck Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, what a beautiful piece of artwork. The time and care you put into it is really evident!

I was just thinking about the first book in this series the other day. I couldn't remember what it was called as I read it 13 years ago but seeing this today and then looking into the trilogy helped me to realize that this was what I was trying to remember!
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner May 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, yay! :D I hope you were able to find them again--they're always good to re-read! ^^
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BromeliaCarnivora Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I loved those books. Awesome piece!
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Sleipnir800 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is simply outstanding! I love it!!!
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TheCreatorOfSoften Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Beautiful concept! :D
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Cheshei Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!! c:
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TheArcticFlame Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning. It's hard to believe this is all just ink and papercutting. Congrats on the well-deserved DD.
I'm intrigued by these books now. If a non-unicorn lover like yourself likes these books, I'll have to give them a shot.
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