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Sagittarius: The Centaur by theperian Sagittarius: The Centaur by theperian
Here's another play on mythological imagery, though this time I've overstepped the boundaries of reality more than a little bit.

After many hours of trying to match up a man and horse (I have a whole new respect for artists who depict centaurs, fawns, mermaids, etc.), here is my centaur, Chiron.

As science and exploration haven't revealed centaurs on our planet (yet!), I have taken a cue from Anne McCaffrey and set him on another world; appropriately, in the Triffid nebula somewhere in the vicinity of the constellation Sagittarius (I think).

I will leave the scene up to the viewer's imagination - that is part of the charm of fantasy art. It exercises the imagination.

Drawn in coloured pencil on 11" x 14" Bristol board.

Thanks to kittykitty5150 [link] and Linzstock [link] for reference photos.

EDIT, as of April 1st, 2011: I'm pleased to announce that The Centaur was chosen as First Place winner of the Unique Themes Fantasy Contest [link] ! Many thanks!
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:iconhazel-eyez-raine:
hazel-eyez-raine Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
Your Welcome
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:iconnislande:
Nislande Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my goodness! you have no idea how much I love this drawing,
you have put two amazing things I love into one drawing- centaur and a beautiful nebula Heart 
I can see you've spent a lot of time on this and it is very well done :)
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :cuddle:
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Neko-Art Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
wow o.o
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
:love:
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:iconleogon:
Leogon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so great! I love your Zodiac series.waiting for "Virgo" and "Aquarius".
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:iconleogon:
Leogon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OK! Found "Virgo"!
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x-Jubilance-x Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
Oh lovely! I'm a Sagittarius myself :D And to be honest, to me the greens and such remind me of a forest, and tornadoes..xD This is a fantastic drawing :)
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warriorbookwyrm Featured By Owner May 13, 2012
i love this and it looks like a friend/crush of mine
well.....i mean if he was a centaur anyway
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FireBlazeDragon5 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I <3 Anne McCaffrey!!!! Have you read her book Acorna? She did something similar, only she was half unicorn, half human; more human than unicorn though.
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Kasheek Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Student Digital Artist
oh man, this is awesome! Currently reading through CoN: Prince Caspian - and this is what i picture the centaurs looking like. Very graceful and strong. The sort of exploding nebula behind him is fantastic! Amazing what can be done with colored pencil!
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

(Great book, by the bye. I'm honoured to have this work associated with it.)
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lululetti Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Anne McCraffrey rocks my socks :)
Great idea putting him on another planet!
He looks awesome! :D Great job! :D
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe. Mine, too. Thank you so much! :)
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MadFretsy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional
Congrats, it's fabulous!
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:iconcatelee2u:
catelee2u Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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:iconwendx14:
WENDX14 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   General Artist
my zodiac singn :dalove:
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
One of my favourites. :) Thanks for commenting! :heart:
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the universe behind him! The colours are amazing and the shine off his horse butt looks cool :D
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Sag always has such a macrocosmic view, space seemed appropriate. I think that nebula is somewhere near the Sagittarius constellation... Anyhoo, thanks for the comment! :heart:
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Charlene-Art Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No Worries!
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annieoakley64 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I'm a Sagittarius! Awesome! :dance:
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! One of my favourite signs. Glad you like it! :)
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:iconannieoakley64:
annieoakley64 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:boogie:
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:icondewmanna:
dewmanna Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011   Digital Artist
beautiful colours! love it
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :)
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AnimeBlossom123 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The background :)
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it! :)
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XcubX Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
O.o shiny horsey....pwetty picture :) :3
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehehe. Thank you!
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spookykitty123 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Very, very good. Particulay the colours and the anatomy.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm pleased that you think so. :)
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Amaterasu1960 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This one is also very beautiful!!! great work :heart:
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. :D
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Amaterasu1960 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! :heart:
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AsheSkyler Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Of all the well done parts of this piece and that cool cosmic/spacey background, the shine on the horse half impresses me the most. The Sagittarius brand was a nice touch.
Very good job!
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Mooniqs Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
Beautiful but i think the human's part is too big.
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's the trouble with unnatural human/animal mixes. They don't quite match up in proportion, as they were never meant to.

Mind you, perhaps he's still young and at the 'awkward phase' when things don't match up yet. ;)
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Little-Hercy Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011
This is wayyy better then what i could ever do!
Well done!!
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Ooh, I'm sure you could! You have some great work. :)
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
like the colors and detail...I'm glad you tied the human half into the horse shoulders just at the beginning of his hips....I 'wonder' if the horse half needs to be just a little larger, proportionally....is he a little top heavy over those front legs? I'm not sure, but it's beautifully done either way.
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theperian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I thought about that, too - the angle the horse is at makes it look even smaller than it is, making it seem a bit fragile.

But then, if the lungs are in the upper half (which is what I'm assuming), the lower half is the more solid, balancing it out. At least, that's how I reasoned when I was putting it together. :)

Thanks for the feedback! :D
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
LOL, sounds like you think it out like i do
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, well, when you work with coloured pencils, you have time to think about the details. :) It's a great medium to use, though. Your work in it looks splendid.
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ArtbySandiJohnson Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
thanks so much, and you're right, plenty of time for thinking
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Luulee Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011
wow :omg:
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Teehee. Thanks!
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Lunar-Graphite Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh wow! This is just amazing! You're so good at drawing with pencils!
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:icontheperian:
theperian Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I try. :)
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Munchy-Bunni Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Student Photographer
:clap: Wow. Grate work. :)
Such amazing detail.
How long did it take you?
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