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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: Matted 8x10 inches; available for $75.  Shipping included in US/Canada.

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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ulltraz Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
awesome!!!Love 
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rachaelm5 Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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ulltraz Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
you are welcome!!!Love 
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Everch 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 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 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 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 Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Simply freaking GORGEOUS!!
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rachaelm5 Feb 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  I'm very happy with the way this one turned out.
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autumnrose83 Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
you better be, i don't think it could look any better.
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