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Celestial Kings - Revised by Toonicorn Celestial Kings - Revised by Toonicorn
This is a painting I did a couple of years ago, and it was a lot of fun. The juxtaposition of wolf and lion, moon and sun intrigued me, and the cold and hot habitats inspired the use of bright color and stark landscapes. I had a devil of a time naming this piece, though. One of my sisters suggested calling it "Hunters of Night and Day", and I kind of liked that one, while I myself came up with a couple: "Artemis and Apollo" (Artemis is the Greek goddess of the moon, while Apollo is the Greek god of the sun), and "Lord of the Twilight Tundra, King of the Blazing Plain" (waaaayyyyyy too long a title.) Finally I settled on "Celestial Kings". I added the title to the piece, since I'll soon be offering it in poster form. It was rendered in water-soluble oil on canvas and tweaked with PSE ("water-soluble oil" means that when you wash it out of your brushes afterwards, it's less likely to ruin your plumbing! ;))
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Tigerett Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Positively wonderful! Derpy Clapping Icon
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allison731 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your wonderful art is featured here Feature 01-Masters of Art :heart:
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014  Professional General Artist
Wow, thank you so much!!! :)
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allison731 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are very welcome. :hug:
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CatCouch Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, love that warm/cool contrast and the yin-yang of the sun and moon! Phenomenal detail on the wolf and lion too. Seriously love it!
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DVerissimo Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! Love the composition, the colors... Amazing :)
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Kendra711 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoops, accidentally added this to my Lion King collection. XD Anyway, this is a beautiful and epic piece. Very well done. :thumbsup:
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eriwib Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, are you diversified in your work!
This is beautifull... And you'd think the lightsource would be a problem comming from oppsit directions on the wolf and the lion, and them sliding into eachothers parts... but you made it work! I am impressed.

My son loved the giraf ^^
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StingRoll Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work.
The contrast between the two halves (and the two animals) is brilliantly done. Really well painted, the textures in the fur especially are very impressive.

Excellent piece.
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nickgonzales7 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome job
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Que-ink Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This is pretty good. The detail is fairly impressive.
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CentralCityTower Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TwilightTundra and BlazingPlain sound like Pokemon game titles. or any other game that comes out in pairs to jump on the pokemon train
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Igneo78 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
Nice, nice, nice and nice!
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks! :)
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My-Road-To-Awe Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
when I first saw this I thought of Mufasa and Balto haha. Very well done, I love how warm and cold your colors feel.
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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Lorellyne Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing idea and very beautiful artwork !! :)
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:icontoonicorn:
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Lorellyne Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you're very welcome it's a beautiful artwork ! :)
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TheAntimonyElement Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh, really gorgeous! Love the details in the lion's mane especially, and that sparkle on the rim of the central ring is a nice touch. :3
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Toonicorn Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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Silverstar1311 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this peice its wonderful
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:icontoonicorn:
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thanks, friend! :)
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Koeyohte Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The first thing that caught my eye was the placement of the canine and the lion - the circular shape representing the moon and sun is a very interesting form, and I really like the idea! The fact that the top half features snow and cold landscape, as well as a cervine, whereas that on the bottom includes a desert, as well as the desert animals, is also a great touch. It seems so simple to look at, and it makes sense, but I would imagine painting it and coming up with the idea was some hard work.

Love it!!! :)

~Koey
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:icontoonicorn:
Toonicorn Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! Just to let you know - I tweaked it a bit just today (altered the wolf's nose and repositioned the moon) - so the next time you see it, it may look a little different (hopefully better).

Thanks again for your comment - it really went into detail and was very well written. :)
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:iconkoeyohte:
Koeyohte Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It does look different! The characters seem a little closer together, and the circle a little more inclusive of them both ^^ Thanks for the heads-up!

~Koey
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