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The Fire Lord

By arrsistable
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Hah! Such a great title, right? :lol:

Ok, gosh. This was a commission done for Maeris, who, might I say, was absolutely superb with all her patience. Kudos to you, darling. :smooch:

She wanted a horse, canter pirouette in a puddle of gasoline and ringed by fire, as if the horse started it. But, then she gave me artistic freedom and this is what happened. :evillaugh:

This was my very first time ever working with fire. Holy cow! I used gobs and gobs of layers of it and eventually it began to click into place. I tried a regular mane, and nah, scrapped it. Did a fire tail, and nah, scrapped it, but that one was Joshs call. I drove that man nuts asking him to come look at it and tell me what he thought, what looked wrong, etc. By the end of tonight he'd sit on the couch and stare at me without moving. LOL.

Sorry Josh.

Aaah, lets see. Obviously, the mane and tail were replaced. I lifted and curved the neck and brought the head in. Replaced the ears, opened the jaw and painted in some teeth, painted over the eye. I tilted the horse back, too, and altered/drew up/in the forelegs as well to add some dramatics, and give an overall pissed feeling, since that's what Maeris wanted.

And lots of other stuff, but I'll let you guys look if you want and try to figure it out. =P

Special thanks to devils-horizon and Sylvanestra, because I annoyed the crap out of them too with demands for opinions and critiques along the way. Thank you too, to devils-horizon for the playlist that got me through this picture! :smooch:

Time: 40+hours
Tools: Wacom Intuos3 + Adobe CS2
Active Layers: 71 - 40 alone make up the fire.


Elemental Horse series:
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silkrapture's avatar
I have always LOVED this manipulation. And I'm so happy I found you again! This has inspired me but I've never been able to master fire. Thank you for your beautiful art, ALWAYS!
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Holy shit, I have no words, okay, so that's a lie... This is beyond breathtaking, love it so much! It's gorgeous!
arrsistable's avatar
I never knew that was a thing until after I made this picture. ;) I remember someone mentioning it in a comment, which was pretty interesting.
magglbenn's avatar
Hey there, did you know that a writer named S. A. Swaffington has used this image as the cover to one of his books and the avatar on his Twitter account?…
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Just.. Wow. 

Thank you so much for telling me - I'll be taking care of this guy. 

You're a sweetheart! 
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I am speechless with the excellent artwork made.   It shows precision.  All elements enhance the mood of the scene.   Hats off dear friend.  This adorable piece of art has been featured here:…
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um this work is being used by another deviant 
just want to let you know claiming they take requests and such you did not receive credit for the original work
arrsistable's avatar
Thank you so much for letting me know!! People are so ridiculous. :hug: 
FlickaMustang's avatar
SO much effort goes into inverting colors
RoseBlanche's avatar
The flame in the motion is just breath taking.
Maricales's avatar
This was used on a website as free wallpaper: [link]
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I am not sure if this person has your permission, but they are posting this work as theirs on their FB page: [link]

Your signature is removed: :-(
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Fantastic work!
raize's avatar
oooooh! What a hotty!
dyatori's avatar
I found this on a free wallpaper website, a site called FlashScreen: [link]
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