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But I Am Not Afraid of Them by TheAntimonyElement But I Am Not Afraid of Them by TheAntimonyElement
Finally! My entry for :icontheunicornmasquerade:'s contest! The theme was to create a carousel unicorn using only 3 colors--no shading allowed. So naturally, my unhealthy addiction to papercutting things far too small to warrant being cut with scissors reared its myopic head to bring you this. 

She is based on the Red Mare of Nordic legend ("A Ride on the Red Mare's Back" by Ursula Le Guin, anyone?) and the title is a quote from that book. I wanted her to look regal and fierce and a little bit warlike, thus the armor-inspired trappings. Also, considering that she comes to life for one night only (but saves the girl from the trolls by fighting until the sun comes up), I thought the sunburst would be a fitting sigil for her. 

I sweated about the color choice forever--there are so many combinations that could look good!--but I've had that baby blue lying around forever begging to be used, and I'm really happy with the result. 

This is 100# papercutting (with one tiny, tiiiny smidge of copper gel pen where I screwed up ;P ), and that piece connecting the saddle to the chestpiece is ACTUAL. BRAIDED. PAPER. It took forever but I am unreasonably proud of it. :3 

Ta-da! Look guys, I'm arting! More to come soon! :D :heart: 
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:iconhowmanydragons:
HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
This is so beautiful and delicate! I love all the detail. :love:
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:iconartofmilica:
artofMilica Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Amazing!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :blush: 
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:iconartofmilica:
artofMilica Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Professional General Artist
You are welcome. :-)
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:iconkreepingspawn:
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Splendid!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: 
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:iconslightlydraconic:
SlightlyDraconic Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Holy babies. This is absolutely incredible. I bow before your amazing art skills. :D

Oh man, where do I even start? The mane and tail? The armor? The ACTUAL BRAIDED PAPER (there is no "unreasonably" about being proud of that)?? How about just how everything fits together so nicely? Gosh this is so satisfying to look at; the lines are so clean and you balanced the colors really well. I ADORE this, and I really, really hope you win that contest!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Omigosh, this is like the nicest comment ever! :heart: :heart: :heart: I'm really happy that you feel like the colors balance well; that's one of the things I was really trying for. :) 
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:iconvgiselleh:
VGiselleH Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014
Oh I love it, a very deserved first place! All those details are just lovely and the colors are a great combination! And wit it being paper you can be sure it's just three colors, lol! ^_^
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww, thank you so much! I really think your entry was one of the best, I love the color combination you picked. :heart: 
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:iconkazeskyfox:
KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
but that's 4 colors
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol the background was just a manilla folder I grabbed to give the post some contrast...the actual unicorn is only 3 colors. ;)
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:iconkazeskyfox:
KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
Oh, ok.
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:iconquicksilverartist:
QuickSilverArtist Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Neat work here!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :) 
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:iconquicksilverartist:
QuickSilverArtist Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Certainly. And good luck.
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You too! :) 
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:iconquicksilverartist:
QuickSilverArtist Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconkapu-official:
Kapu-Official Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
O
I like that one! 
All these curly hair and hnngh *-*
i like that chain o:
How did you do that chain .
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :heart: The chain was tricky, but I'm really happy with how it turned out. :) I cut out six tiny, long slivers of paper and then glued them together so I had three double-sided strips (since only one side of the paper was metallic, and the other side was a dull brown). Then I just taped the end of the strips together, and braided! I had to re-do it a few times until I was happy with it, but it wasn't too bad after I got the knot started. Paper is really pretty tough if you treat it nicely. :3
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:iconkapu-official:
Kapu-Official Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well well *nod*nod*
Respect my dear.
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:iconnightsilas:
Nightsilas Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is really awesome! I love all the tiny details, looks like you had fun doing it! Good job!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! :D I really did have fun. :heart: 
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's totally awesome, I love all the tiny details you have managed to craft there! It must have took ages and tons of patience to do this! :clap:
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! It actually only took a few days, but it did test my patience like crazy...cutting all those spiral swirls nearly did me in! :S I'm happy with her though. :) 
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:iconagaave:
Agaave Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! I am glad you didn't give up. :D
Good luck in the contest! :w00t:
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:iconeagleflyte:
EagleFlyte Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
VERY masterful job!!!! Don't think I could manage braiding paper that small 0_0
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! It was a bit of a chore, but I've never tried anything like it before and the thought was too tempting to resist...I'm glad I gave it a shot. ;P 
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:iconstorymaker91:
StoryMaker91 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Look it's art!
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*Gasp,* I know, right? ;P 
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:iconstorymaker91:
StoryMaker91 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist
Would you have any advice for me to get started on something like this? 
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would say, as corny as it sounds, build from the bottom up. When you work with paper, you're building up a 3D thing (even though it's basically flat, there are still "layers" to the paper), so start by cutting out a basic horse (or unicorn! ;P ) shape. I usually draw out my shape in pencil, cut it out, and flip it over so that the side that people see is clean. Then start building. Lay your paper body against the paper you want to use for the mane/tail, and use that as a guideline for how to shape them. I tape all the pieces that I can together, because I almost always wind up re-arranging things. :P Then just play around--remember to always use the body as a guide shape (so for the saddle, trace the line of the back and the belly on the saddle-paper, and then draw in the saddle where it should go). That way, all the pieces fit together once they're cut out. :3 
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:icongryphonwolf6274:
Gryphonwolf6274 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING! Rainbow La -plz account- 
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:icontheantimonyelement:
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :) I'm really proud of her--I've never done something quite this complex before, and I wasn't sure how it would come out. I'm really pleased with the result! :heart: 
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Gryphonwolf6274 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Not a problem! :lol:
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