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Firebringer - To the Sea by Orcagirl2001 Firebringer - To the Sea by Orcagirl2001
"Tek tossed her mane, wild with the running. Wet golden sand scrunched between the two great toes of each cloven hoof. Alongside her, companions frisked through cool green waves. Summer sea breeze sighed warm and salt in her nostrils, mingling with the distant scent of pines. Ahead of her, the prince loped easily along the strand, his long-shanked, lean frame well-muscled as a stag's. She loved the look of him, all energy and grace. What a stallion he would make when he was grown! Tek laughed for sheer delight...Jan led the band toward the maze of tidal canyons known as the Singing Cliffs. Wind fluted through their honeycombs like panpipes...above their soughing rose the shrieks and rantings of the seabirds...Far overhead one speck among the myriad began spiraling earthward."
- Dark Moon

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Finally, a return to my Firebringer Illustrations series. Credit to my sudden stab of inspiration goes to the "Journey to the Summer Sea" art contest on the Unicorns of the Vale club here on DA :iconunicorns-of-the-vale: hosted by :iconlosmios: .
I was very excited to do this piece. It took me 15 hours over a period of two weeks to complete this. But I made it with time to spare! Yay!

The idea of this painting is really illustrating the scene above, where Jan and his band of Vale unicorns first arrive at the Summer Sea. They're excited to be there, hopeful and full of wonder at this beautiful place. Their eyes are lit and looking upward, catching sight of the blue seaherons flying down to greet them.
I tried to include some unicorns from my previous painting "Serpent Cloud" in with the main three. If you look in the background of that picture, you'll see the blue unicorn galloping up-hill and the paint in the far background behind him. The red colored unicorn I just stuck in there last minute. I would've painted more of them in the background but ran out of energy.
We'll just say that Jan and his close buddies had a good head start. ^_^

Hope I've pleased those who've been waiting for this series to start up again. I'm just glad I got to finish it. :faint:

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Technique: Pencil sketch colored in Open Canvas 3.0
Time: 15hrs

Firebringer Trilogy (c) Meredith Ann Pierce
Artwork (c) Nekkyo Usagi
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:iconsanluris:
Sanluris Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
In the sea the fish have learned to fly on a moonlit night on wings of silver as the enchanted stars sail serenely by. Do they know? Where do unicorns go? Where winged horses fly. Narwhals lost at sea and never seen again.

Aww, I love unicorns. There are lots of nice stories about them, and this series was one of those stories. :)
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh! I thought those words sounded familiar!
The Last Unicorn! Yeah I got that movie after
reading Firebringer. My favorite song from the movie
is the first one, the theme song. It's so magical!
Someday I hope some movie company will find the Firebringer
trilogy and make a film or a mini-series, something!!
Seeing these beloved characters come to life would be amazing!
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Sanluris Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Oops! Forgot to say it was The Last Unicorn. My sister and I watched it and she was surprised that Angela Lansbury was the voice actress for Mommy Fortuna. The movie is nice but I really love the songs they use in it. :)
It'd be nice if it could be a movie or series, and they could do it right. Sometimes copyrights and stuff get in the way and lots of content has to be changed or left out, and it's not as good.
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Solaris90 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
This piece is lovely. Brilliant colors, with the intended emotion of the scene on full display. After I published the first book in my fantasy series of unicorns and gryphons, I went looking for any others within this unique little genre. Currently about two-thirds of the way through Dark Moon, and loving it more than I could have hoped to. Glad to see the fan work lives up to it. :)
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh thank you! Haha this piece is a bit old but I'm glad you enjoyed viewing it.
So nice to hear from another Firebringer fan! The last book is awesome!
Even though it's been a few years, I'm glad people are still discovering this fantasy
story. This painting is one of my favorites because of the bright happy atmosphere!
Also I don't do seascapes to often so it was a fin challenge. I really need to return to
this series. There are still a few scenes I had planned to illustrate.
Oh that's so cool you were able to publish a book!! That's quite an accomplishment!!
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Solaris90 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I'm so embarrassed to have lost my password for so long and only just see this. >_<

Finished the series and you were right, that last book is awesome. I so wish there were more books, because I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.

Looking forward to next time you open commissions. Might like to see one of my book's characters in your style.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh I'm so glad to hear you read the story! I should read it again. It's been a few years.

Yes, I have opened commissions again! Just send me a note on what kind of picture you'd like.
I love drawing original characters!
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StormingDragon Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm wondering if I could post this picture to Tumblr? I made a blog that's basically just meant to be a collection of art for this book series, and what art exists is 90% on this site so I'm asking around for permission! You would of course be credited as the artist/post would be linked back to this page here. Would you mind me doing this or no?
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Professional General Artist
YES! Oh, and please send me a link to the tumblr page! I've been missing art from this series!!! I love the Firebringer Trilogy! It needs more love!
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StormingDragon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey you! I finally made that damn blog about the Firebringer trilogy, it only has a few things on it at the moment but here it is, and your art will be on it soon! 

firebringertrilogyandall.tumbl…
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the link!
Wow! It's been a few years!
I'm glad to see some revival to the Firebringer fandom!
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Everch Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They look so happy and carefree now, but their vacation is not going to end well.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
No kidding! HaHa!
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Trompy-HatakeKashi Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
by far, my favorite illustration! <3 
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh! Thank you so much! I put a lot of feels into it...mostly happy feels!
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StormingDragon Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've long loved this picture, I can't think why I didn't favorite it before; I'd do it five times if I could!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, haha! Thanks! It felt very refreshing when I painted it.
The bright sun, the vibrant surf and their happy expressions.
I'm glad you enjoy it!
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Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love those books!
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes! Best unicorn fantasy ever!
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:iconborn-of-wolves:
Born-of-Wolves Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
It is! :D
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andreah91 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012
I LOVE IT! This is amazing!
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much!! This picture stil makes me happy when I look at it. ^_^
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28ArmedAnchor Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Beautiful :clap:
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you!!! :glomp:
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Kimblewick Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2008   Digital Artist
:heart:
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:icondragonofelementchaos:
O________O I am a big fan of your Firebringer fanart......I loved that book, and I love how you put it into the ink and line. A favorite, yes, yes! Such great work. I know this sounds a bit silly....but the pink-ish unicorn made me giggle >W<~ teeeeeheeeeeee.....sorry
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks. i'm glad you like it! more to come soon!! :D
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:icondragonofelementchaos:
=D YAY! Can't wait
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ArtistMeli Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful! I love their expressions.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks so much!
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clarabear Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2008
This is gorgeous! I love their delighted expressions, great job with all the poses
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you, i worked really hard on it.
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drool Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
lovelovelovelove
this makes me soooo happy it's summer... :3
Yours is probably my favourite entry to that contest yet.
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
really? wow! thank you. i appreciate your nice comments!
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drool Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! No problem. [:
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Utterly stunning. I am speechless.
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
wow, thanks a lot!!! :D
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BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Gosh it's simply breathtaking each and every time I look at it. You are very welcome.
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Mochitora Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008
This is gorgeous! I love the way you showed their emotion. You made them look so perfect!
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you!!!
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Lost-Soul-21 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008
very well done love the effect of the water!!! keep it up
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
thanks, this was my first real stab at water effects. glad it was convincing enough for such nice comments! :D
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SilverTwilight05 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008
Agreed! They all seem very enthusiastic. I really like the perspective on Jan's face.
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:iconorcagirl2001:
Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you! you know, it's always been super hard for me to draw horses in a frontal view, but i guess i pulled it off with this painting. thanks for the nice comments! :D
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Koofins Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aahhh it's gorgeous!! This captures the emotion of this scene perfectly, I adore this!!!
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Orcagirl2001 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Professional General Artist
thank you! i'm glad you like it!!! :D
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Koofins Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem!
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