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Firebringer - Nowhere to Run by Orcagirl2001 Firebringer - Nowhere to Run by Orcagirl2001
"The formel's wings caught an updraft, beating hard. Tek sprang from the hillside, seeming to fly herself for a moment. Jan still thrashed in the gryphon's grasp, but could not break loose. Tek passed beneath them - too low, and cold anguish filled Jan as he realized she had missed her lunge.
Then the wingcat lurched downward suddenly, losing her hold. Her talons tore across his shoulders. He slid free and dropped to the rocky slope. Jan bolted to his feet, wheeling about, and saw Tek skidding downhill with the gryphon's tail caught fast in her teeth.
Tek scrambled to brace herself. She turned, her forelegs splayed, weight thrown back on her hindquarters like a wolf cub playing tug-at-bone. Jan saw her head shaken from side to side, the sinews of her long neck straining, her forehooves lifted from the mountainside as the wingcat fought to flee."
- Birth of the Firebringer

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Probably my most detailed work yet. I've been painting this on and off since May 9th! And finally it's done!! I've been planning this painting for a very long time, ever since I read that passage in "Birth of the Firebringer" but was never brave enough to do an illustration this detailed. Well, now I have and I'm dead tired! :faint: I'm still going to continue the Firebringer Illustrations, hopefully there will be more improvement.

Painted in Open Canvas
Time: ...weeks...:shrug: ...I lost track...

Firebringer Trilogy (c) Merideth Ann Pierce
Artwork (c) Nekkyo Usagi (Me)
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DarkSideDuck Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Now what will happen? Is the tail going to get ripped? Or will the tail going to slip? Or are they going to kill the gryphon?
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StormingDragon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Those weeks of work were worth it; I'm a total Firebringer fan and I love this. Hello, desktop wallpaper.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! So worth it! Wow, I'm glad you like it enough to put up as your wallpaper.
I look back at this piece and wonder how I ever did it...must have been really inspired.
I'm a huge fan too, and just wanted so badly to bring these books to life!
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VocaloidIchigo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011
OMG I never pictured Tek in those colors. I might be mistaking her coloring for her mother's though. but I ADORE the pics you have of the story!

you=awesome for these
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yes, I tried to portray her exactly as the author described. I put a lot of effort into these illustrations just to show how awesome this story really is.
Tek is described in the first book as "not the solid or dapple or roan of other unicorns, but paint: pale rose splashed with great irregular blots of black." -(Birth of the Firebringer-Chapter 2)
Her mother, Jah-lila, is a red mare. How I miss reading those books!
Thank you for looking at my illustrations. There really isn't enough tribute for this awesome story!!
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VocaloidIchigo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
aaah I remember now! I was always thinking of her white with red dapple on her bum and red blotchy socks and possibly blotches o her face too. but then it's been forever since I read the books, I can't remember if that really was how I pictured Tek or Jah-lila. either way I always imagined jah-lila with braids intermingled with her hair, kinda gypsy-ish. in my head it fit her perfectly!

I'd love to see a pic of her from you :O
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Wow, yeah, I haven't really drawn any other characters except the main three, a gryphon and that horrid wyvern.
Such a pain drawing that thing!
Well I did draw Korr, but looking back I really didn't do him any justice.
He's much more epic and wicked than what I made in that old pic. [link]
I had the thought of doing individual character pics.
Yeah, that's an idea, I may start up with that too. Thanks for the nice comments!
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VocaloidIchigo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
the only thing I thought in that picture was that he wasn't big enough. I always saw him being a MONSTER sized horse XD at first I thought he wasn't black enough either, but then I was thinking about how much he was running through all kinds of storms and madness and his age, so the color works, but then Jan seems like he isn't black enough.

either way I faved the whole gallery ;D
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeah, old pic is old and I really didn't have a feel for painting black horses 4 yrs ago.
I do have another pic in the works but I have yet to get the Firebringer groove back in gear and
finish the series. Korr would really be more impressive if he were tall and broad.
Now I picture him like a Friesian, with long wild hair. Fresians have such thundering hoof beats when
they run. Anyway, thanks for the support. Nice to know someone else like Firebringer too.
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VocaloidIchigo Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2011
heeells yeah :icondummylaplz:
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Student Writer
Jan's still young at this point. Shouldn't his horn be a bit smaller?

Ah, well. Very impressive nonetheless.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Professional General Artist
i'm not sure. i may have overlooked the age-factor. i think i was concentrating too much on the gryphon feathers. took me forever to do those. ugh! thanks for looking!
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010  Student Writer
You're welcome!
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RoyalGryphon Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Curious... What's this story about?
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Professional General Artist
Really, its not your typical unicorn story, no rainbows and magic horns here. Nope.
It's a tale of a unicorn prince who finds his destiny outside the laws of his people and only by reaching out beyond that horizon, can their homeland be saved.
I can't put it into words the awesomeness of this story. You'll have to read it!
It's available on Amazon, and other book-selling websites and stores like Barnes and Noble. Read it, you'll love it!
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RoyalGryphon Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
What role do the gryphons play? o.o
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Professional General Artist
at first, the unicorns and gryphons are enemies somewhat, but they eventually come to terms with each other. One gryphon in particular becomes an ally and helps the unicorns take back their homeland.
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RoyalGryphon Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, now that does sound intriguing! I will certainly check it out. ^^

Sorry if I sounded a bit apprehensive before. I just worry. XD
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LittleHooves Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2009
amazing!! almost exactly as i pictured it while i was reading! brilliant job! i love it!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
thanks. i tried to be as exact as possible. i love bringing this story to life!
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i've read that book ... all three in fact. Say . . . isn't jan supposed to be black?
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
Actually, Jan was a Sable brown until the last chapter of the first book. When Jan was poisoned and fell into the Mere of the Moon his coat changed, to black but he hid it with mud until it was revealed in that last chapter.
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaahh . . . I see.
Boy, it really has been a while since I've read those books. I gotta go read 'em again. I totally missed that tid-bit. ^_^
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2009  Professional General Artist
yeah, i find i'm reading and re-reading the books just so I can get these illustrations right. i don't mind though, i love the series!!!
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agra19 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
This is just epic! The detail is amazing and I love how Tek looks. This would be a great book cover, it reminds me of the cover for the first book with Jan and the Gryphon :D :clap: Very inspiring work!!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008  Professional General Artist
you know i threw a title splash over the front just to see what it would look like as a cover. and you know what...it was kinda cool. thanks.
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this so detailed and beautiful I also love your piece of writing for each
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks for the nice comments. actually, it wasn't my writing I featured in the description. it's the work of Meredith Ann Pierce, author of the Firebringer Trilogy. All I did was pay tribute to her descriptive pen-work and the coolest novels I've ever read!
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^ ^
yes I felt extremely dumb after I read all of the other drawing's descriptions- but I will tell you that I hurrily ran my way to amazon.com and bought me a copy and I'm going out of my mind waiting for it to get here ^^'

it is so hard to find great creative interesting stories out there when there are so many horrible ones
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Professional General Artist
omgosh! i can't tell you how many times i've read them. it's such an awesome story! unlike any fantasy i've read before! you will love the books!!!
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Shadowmanic Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm hoping it gets here soon I'm almost done with the book I'm reading now
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is great! Shading and light are brilliant. And the colours are perfect.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks so much!
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LarraChersan Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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Jennycallie Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Fantastic! :)
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qitelremel Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Student
Kick her butt, Tek! :D
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Professional General Artist
:XD: lol, yeah. I love Tek because she's such a strong character. Thanks for taking a look!
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CrazyUnicorn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2007
Whoo, I love the actiony movement here! The details and the lighting and the painterly coloring look amazing. I luurve eet!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you so much! I love action in pictures and hardly any of my drawings are still. it's more fun to have them running leaping flying everywhere. wee! :D
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DragonOfElementChaos Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2007
yes i love the firebringer series, though i have forgotten that part, i think.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2007  Professional General Artist
well, it was waaaay back in the first book. but, it was one of my favorite parts so I just had to paint it. thanks for stopping by and checking it out! :D
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yes its very well done, i think i remember it now that you mention where it was. i like the painting a lot, so it was no problem!
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ilikeshinyobjects Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I JUST read that scene... whee!
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bunnicustard Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is...amazing. @_@ I just finished reading this book and went looking for good fanart of it. I must say this is the best yet I've found. So much detail! You portrayed motion very well, this was definitely time well spent. :nod:
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bardicsidhe Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
The sense of light here is incredible! I've always wanted to try and capture the sun at the edge of a coming/passing storm. This is the best rendering I've ever seen.

And that is one of my favorite scenes from the book. So very dramatic, and you've captured the whole dynamic feel of it!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007  Professional General Artist
thanks! i kinda had to challenge myself to paint this. I didn't have a lot of reference, but it came out ok. Glad you liked it!
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Koofins Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOW!! This is amazing! It's such a dramatic moment in the book, I love how you've captured the fear and desperation in all three of the characters!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional General Artist
thank you! i love bringing those unicorns to life!
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Koofins Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome!
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Losmios Featured By Owner May 31, 2007
It is brilliant, awesome, fantastic! When I saw it i knew right away what scene it was! Just wow! Very very cool!!!

I uploaded it for you on *Unicorns-of-the-Vale too! :)
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