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master study - Celestia by CosmicUnicorn master study - Celestia by CosmicUnicorn
Gustave Doré study.

Added Celestia in from another sketch.
CS3 for textures.

Ink (sakura micron pens) on 8.5" x 11" 110 lb. paper.
3+ hours.


Prints available here.
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opethian999 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2018
I don't like MLP but it looks freaking cool :3
ItinerantDjuradhan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am a sucker for lineart. Well drawn, and well done.
The-Fox-Experiment Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Wow, amazing!
BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Oh how I love the old-fashioned feeling of a hand-drawn sketch such as this one. But a question if I may: there are the initials 'MM' in the lower-right hand corner; is that your real name or something?
CokeZeo Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Lovely sketch, the amount of detail is amazing.
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gwuh-hwha... hahbabba-da...buh... buh-hummanahummanahummanah-wooooaawwwww  o______o

That is. Man. I can't even. This rocks my socks. I used to watch my mom draw stuff just like this. Well, not watch so much as "spy on," and find packed away in her old college stuff. And Tom Sawyer had illustrations in this style. Ohhhhhhhhh there's the nostalgia right square in the brain, ow ow ow
Lady-Jay-Bird Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2015  Student Filmographer
I love nostalgia attacks, don't you? I find them rather pleasant :meow:
Spyro1267 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
arnt you that jerk on sl who bans everyone from your sim?
tanksmallcape Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I INSTANTLY recognized the Dore style! Great job!
Itachi-of-Akatsuki Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
At first, I thought that was Fluttershy ... (then I saw the horn ^^')
mushroomjardin Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
This is very nice.
Ferdrimmler Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
You're versatile.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you!
Kinjareta Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful... It looks like something from a story book :D
A simply breath taking piece of ART!
Drangelu Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist

The scene is so magic and peaceful
Ihmislehma Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
First reaction:
Jaw drop.
Then bite lip. Damn, you people are SO something I aspire to be.
PinkyPeachyPony Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely stunning!
giantturkeysub Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
I would buy this.
RevanThePreserver Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
where, where, where did you learn to do this???
sackataters Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love it!
ChristinaFeonora Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Student
HOLY BRONY CRAP this is awesome. O_O mind= blown
catbuscus Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012   Digital Artist
You just blow me away with your art sometimes... :jawdrop:
tunipeace Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
very very good
IDrawPoniesSometimes Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
CU, how long have you been drawing? I know time is no way to measure skill and effort, but I was just wondering.
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
For as long as I can remember.

But it wasn't until about two years ago that I decided to accept art (as my "special talent" as it were)... and to pursue it seriously.

Prior to that though... I took lots of random art classes while growing up. Ceramics, drawing, painting, art history, glassblowing, photography, writing... Both summer camps/programs and public school classes. My skillset is a patchwork of all the interesting little things I learned from all those art classes, stitched together with the effort of practice.

And now that I've accepted that art is really the only thing in my life that I'm any good at... :lol: I'm practicing a lot more than I used to (new motivations). Also started art school last fall.

Make the effort to put in the time and the advancement of your skills will be measurable.

kkanimegirl Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
totally beautiful!
DeathCutlet Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
Wonderful work...:) .
midnightrayne91 Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really do adore this :) simply beautiful
Dark-Pen Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
...this is really awesome. A young celestia?
Ixyra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012   Digital Artist
reminds me of a bit of franklin booth? if youre interested in pen and ink sketches i recommend doing studies of his work!
beautiful job :)
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
Cool, thanks for the name. Noted.
Ixyra Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012   Digital Artist
glad i could propose a good name drop :) hes a genius at composition!
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012

Interestingly, I have an ink drawing done by my grandmother (a long time ago), that looks very similar to Booth's work!
So thank you very much for giving me his name, as I wanted to try and search for the artist(s) that had inspired her!
Ixyra Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012   Digital Artist
glad i could help! :) that time period has some amazing pen and ink artists but franklin booth is definitely one of the masters
Mitch-el Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012
Nice. Very nice. I feel that darker areas could have been added in so as to better balance out the negative space, but this is still a pretty cool piece. I love the detail. Nice work!

-- Mitch
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I agree that it needs to be balanced more.

In the original by Doré, there was some lovely hatching in the distant background... emphasizing the shadows of the trees and evening out the midtones and darks.
I think it'd help if I picked better materials next time... The pen I was using was too large to replicate his hair-thin lines.

Thank you for the critique! <3
Mitch-el Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012
Interesting. Yes, emphasis in those areas would definitely make it stand out more. The way you have it now almost looks like a work-in-progress, although this sort of adds to the appeal of the composition.

Really? The lines looked pretty thin to me in places, but there's nothing wrong with choosing a smaller pen next time if it would be an aid.

You're most welcome! Keep up the good work! :aww:

-- Mitch
Ne0b1ade Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
...There are no words for this.
Sloverdable Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I just said "Wow, so fucking cool".
MegaMan007 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Professional General Artist
Simply amazing! You did a wonderful job with Dore's unique style!
TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Student General Artist
WOW. Words cannot describe the epicness. It reminds me of the work of Topcraft on The Hobbit. Interesting fact:

"The Hobbit was animated by Topcraft, a now-defunct Japanese animation studio whose animation team would go on to re-form as Studio Ghibli alongside Hayao Miyazaki. Topcraft successfully partnered with Rankin/Bass on several other co-productions, including The Last Unicorn. According to Rankin, the visual style of the film took its basic cue from the early illustrations of Arthur Rackham.

While Topcraft produced the animation, the concept artwork was completed in the US under the direction of Arthur Rankin. Principal artists included coordinating animator Toru Hara; supervising animator/character designer Tsuguyuki Kubo; character and effects animators Hidetoshi Kaneko and Kazuko Ito; and background designer Minoru Nishida. The same studio and crew members were also used for The Return of the King."

(source: [link](1977_film))
DevianArty Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful and magnificent
crimsonbrony Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
this is effing rad
i love your really loose sketching style
SevenWhiteTails Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist
CrappyUnicorn Y U NO DAILY DEVIATED? :iconwhyyounoplz:
Vincent-Rogue Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very good. Accurate scaling and looks well drawn. Minimal mistakes, especially with a pen!
creamwolfgurl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Woo-oo-oow -long out-drawn breath of awe. Beautiful :)
Im-not-sue Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any chance you could provide options for us to get a print of this, or a high resolution version so we could make our own?
Ohmyani Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Oh my god. This is beautiful.
MissLizz Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Your linework is gorgeous!
Hiroshi-Tea Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Oh my God, the lines re beautiful1
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