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Sagittarius: The Centaur

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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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1269x1600px 1.2 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
SEIKO EPSON CORP.
Model
EPSON scanner
Date Taken
Feb 15, 2011, 3:28:19 PM
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NislandeHobbyist 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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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :cuddle:
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Neko-ArtProfessional Traditional Artist
wow o.o
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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
:love:
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LeogonHobbyist General Artist
It's so great! I love your Zodiac series.waiting for "Virgo" and "Aquarius".
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LeogonHobbyist General Artist
OK! Found "Virgo"!
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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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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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FireBlazeDragon5Hobbyist 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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KasheekStudent 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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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D

(Great book, by the bye. I'm honoured to have this work associated with it.)
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lululettiHobbyist Photographer
Anne McCraffrey rocks my socks :)
Great idea putting him on another planet!
He looks awesome! :D Great job! :D
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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
Hehe. Mine, too. Thank you so much! :)
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MadFretsyProfessional
Congrats, it's fabulous!
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catelee2uHobbyist General Artist
Lovely!
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WENDX14 General Artist
my zodiac singn :dalove:
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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
One of my favourites. :) Thanks for commenting! :heart:
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Charlene-ArtHobbyist 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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theperianProfessional 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-ArtHobbyist General Artist
No Worries!
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annieoakley64Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey! I'm a Sagittarius! Awesome! :dance:
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theperianProfessional Traditional Artist
Yay! One of my favourite signs. Glad you like it! :)
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annieoakley64Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:boogie:
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