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Star Wave Unicorn by rachaelm5 Star Wave Unicorn by rachaelm5

Winged unicorn.  Horned Pegasus.  Alicorn.  Unasis.  Pegacorn.  UNIPEGASUSACORN!  Whatever you prefer to call these guys, it's a super-sparkle magical horse with wings and a horn.  :D

I actually tried out some new colored pencils with this one - they're called Caran d'Ache, and they come from Switzerland.  They are.  Um.  AWESOME.  I can honestly say that I am not sure whether I like Carans or Prismacolors better right now.  They can handle my mush-it-together technique, as well as a light, layered technique.  The leads are more consistent than Prismas, and they keep a point a lot better.  The downside?  They're twice as expensive as most of the other colored pencils out there.  I am beginning to think the Carans may be worth it, though.  The results (and the way they feel during coloring process) are wonderful.

So!  This is Caran d'Ache pencils on cold-pressed illustration board.  I also included a Gilson turquoise stone (it's an imitation stone), and assorted shiny bits.


Original art: sold.

Matted Prints:

5x7 inches for $10
8x10 inches for $15
11x14 inches not available
16x20 inches not available


This is a colored version of my own lineart -  Star Wave Unicorn lineart by rachaelm5

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Saschaette Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
Reminds me of a pharaoh 
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gold and turquoise!  :D
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Saschaette Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
:-)
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SlytherinAcres Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Unigus... xD
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL - There's one I haven't heard before.  Cool!
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SlytherinAcres Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
lol thanks. It's what I called them when I was younger xD
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SilverThowra Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
Gorgeous use of colour!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Esseld Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Beautiful! Those pencils must be great, it looks like oil pastel (gonna go find myself some...)
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Caran d'Ache really are fantastic, but the price may give you pause.  They're about twice as expensive as most of the other brands out there.  I think they're worth the extra money, though; they're wonderful to use and they give excellent results!  I found mine in the Dick Blick online catalogue.
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Esseld Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional General Artist
Cheers! Thanks for the tips :)
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Wulfsista Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is beautiful, it must have been a lot of Work with all that Details! GREAT!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!

It wasn't too bad, actually; the picture is quite small at about 5x6 inches.  It took four hours or so to color.  :-)
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Wulfsista Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You´re welcome :)

I see, it took me about 1-3 Hours to completely finish a Drawing from Sketch to Color. 
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner May 11, 2014
this is gorgeous. I call them either Unipeg, or Magical Flying Unicorn :rofl:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  LOL - Yeah, there's a lot of room for invention there.  
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ANIMALGIRL1869 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
You're welcome. lol..yes that there is. 
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maggielissel Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
This is amaaazing! :-O you have a great talent! :D
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much!
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maggielissel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
You're welcome ^^
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!!!Love 
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ulltraz Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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Everch Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Caran d'Ache? I've never heard of that brand. I'm accustomed to your Prismacolor drawings. Is that a piece of turquoise in the wing?
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Caran d'Ache is one of those high fallutin' professional brands.  They come from Switzerland, and as far as I've been able to find, only Jerry's Art-a-Rama catalogue and the Dick Blick catalogue carry the big sets.  I suspect the reason for that is that the big sets are really, really expensive and only crazy colored pencil people like me will shell out the money to get them.  ;-)


The turquoise-looking thing is called Gilson turquoise.  It's a man-made stone that imitates the color and patterns of blue turquoise.  Real, natural turquoise is pretty difficult to get these days because a lot of the mines are getting tapped out (real malachite is the same way, incidentally).  The small bits that I've run across (NOT in the art and craft stores - that stuff is all fake - but at rock shows) tends to be pretty expensive.

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Everch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How are they with blending? My Crayolas aren't exactly the best brand for blending, but they're good enough for what I use them for. I like the way you use little gemstones in your drawings. That's something I've never tried but it looks like it'd be fun to experiment with.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Caran d'Aches are absolutely awesome with shading.  I found them to be only slightly less squishy than Prismacolor, but also more consistent in blending texture (that is, no little grains of sand and no unmixed color particles in the lead itself - Prismacolor has had trouble with that lately).

Crayolas have a pretty high wax to pigment ratio - much more wax than color - and I never did like the way that they blended because of that.  It's hard to build up color layers without the texture going all gummy on you on the paper, but a lighter touch than mine probably makes them work better.  I tend to press really hard, and the Crayolas just don't work like that.  ;-)

I love using three-dimensional stuff in my art these days.  The craft and hobby stores have all kinds of stuff that isn't very expensive (and some stuff, like the Swarovski crystals, that are a leeeeetle bit more expensive, but not too much) .  Places like Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Michael's, and others all have "scrapbook" sections, and I find a LOT of my shiny bits in those areas.  For the Swarovski crystals (which are actually a specific kind of glass), I've seen them mostly in the T-shirt iron-on section, but also in the bead and jewelry sections.  I also discovered the local gem and mineral show a few years ago, and I get a lot of my better goodies there - cabochon-cut stones and pearls and all kinds of neat stuff like that.
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autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply freaking GORGEOUS!!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I'm very happy with the way this one turned out.
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autumnrose83 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you better be, i don't think it could look any better.
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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really great! I really like the colors and patterns. The little shiny things looks so three dimensional! Beautiful work.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thank you!

LOL - The little shiny things are, in fact, three-dimensional.  The scanner does a good job of picking up certain shapes' highlights and shadows.  :D

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Brandon1920 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahhh, I see!
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Waylien Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome as usual, the stone & mirrored bits are a nice touch.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is just stunning.  You have an amazing talent ;w;
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  :-)
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DCatz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
I so want a UNIPEGASUSACORN! =P

That aside Really beautiful work. I've just started colouring with coloured pencils myself, I'm using prisma's myself and I like them but I do find that the lead breaks a fair amount. Is that just the way that I'm colouring or is that the lead itself.
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

LOL - Thanks!


It's not just you... Prismacolor pencils tend to be very fragile.  I end up swearing a blue streak at mine at least a couple of times per coloring session.  ;p 


I found a pencil sharpener that I can adjust so that it leaves a very short, sharp point that does not break quite so readily.  It's called a T'gaal - they look like this:  www.dickblick.com/products/hol…  Dick Blick doesn't have these sharpeners in stock right now, but Amazon and some of the other art catalogues should have them.

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DCatz Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
that might be handy.. I landed with a prismacolor pencil sharpener but event that doesn't sharpen it short.. I'll check this out for sure, thanks!!
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XerxesTexasToast Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
So shiny!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Super duper shiny!  *sparklefizzleshimmy*
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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow so pretty! I've been looking into changing brands lately because I've found that my Prismas are becoming a bit erratic in quality (maybe because they, you know, outsourced to Mexico....) and I've been looking into, of course, other European brands. The three on my list are Caran d'Ache, Derwent, and Faber Castell, and they're all so expensive D:
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Thanks!

If you can afford 'em, I definitely recommend the Caran d'Ache. 

The Faber Castell Polychromos are good, but they require a light touch (very hard leads, good for light layering on white or light-colored vellum surface paper) and really can't be used over dark watercolor backgrounds (much to my dismay).  I haven't played with the Derwents yet; they're going to be among my next experiments.  :D

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aquashiram14 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Oooooh thanks for your feedback! Will definitely keep Caran d'Ache on my radar!
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bhudicae Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
gorgeous colors, it looks like it is leaping out of the ocean!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  :D
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
This guy is gorgeous!
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rachaelm5 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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