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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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HowManyDragons Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
This is so beautiful and delicate! I love all the detail. :love:
artofMilica Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! :blush: 
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
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. :) 
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! ^_^
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: 
KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
but that's 4 colors
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