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Winter Winds by AmandaDrage Winter Winds by AmandaDrage
rehashed version of one from 2yrs ago. I know, it's lazy, but I needed the distraction and I enjoyed it, so there ;P

That's the obligatory Christmas themed picture done! This will also be my Christmas card image this year (if I get them done in time - haven't ordered them yet!)

Horse reference from *Colourize-Stock :)

edit LOL I like how all the subtleties have been blown out by overexposure on this monitor. My eyes are bleeding from all the white.
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tavaloveschocolate Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
The red unicorn on white background really makes this a one of a kind picture! Great job!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013
Thank you very much! I'm glad you like it :)
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ElementalJess Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is gorgeous o_o I too love the color choice ^_^
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Thank you very much indeed! :)
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AmandaTolleson Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is utterly stunning... :faint:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011
Thank you very much :blushes: I'm glad you like it :)
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pallanoph Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I think there ought to be more red chestnut unicorns. It's such a lovely color... (Strange, I had a few "characters" who were unicorns of this color years ago. I feel compelled to paint them at some point. :) ) Love the contrast here!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
I AGREE :lol: and I also think you should come forward with your red chestnut unicorns too, I reckon they'd gain more than a few fans! Thank you :)
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FictitiousEyes Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love the unicorns color! :D Great setting as well.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thanks v much :) Yay red chestnuts! You don't see enough chestnut unicorns, they're all white or black :D
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This made such a picture-perfect Chritsmas card! :la: I love how the redness of his/her coat stands out against all the cool tones of the background. Lovely work as always, love!! :love:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Haaaa thank you :glomp: I'm glad you liked it. I noticed they printed a little greyer than intended, I wanted to add a bit of glitter to Christmas them up a bit but didn't have time D:
Thank you so much :love:!!
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Oh wow this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the contrast between the background and the horse.. :love: Magnificent job, keep it up! :clap:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
:D Thank you :hug: I like playing around with old pieces! The original was quite dull in comparison!
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010
You're the most welcome indeed! :huggle:
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Student General Artist
sooo stunning, i love it!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Thank you so much. :) Glad you like!
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Student General Artist
no problem!
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pearlgreeneyes Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
awesome!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
many thanks :)
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Jullelin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010  Professional General Artist
This is really beautiful. The horse really stands out from the background :aww:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Thank you so much :hug:! glad you like it! :)
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bramley Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2010
Absolutely gorgeous!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Many thanks, glad you liked :)!
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sunwolf29 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
I love this one soo much! The saturation looks just perfect on my monitor. He looks so searching and lonely, it makes me want to find him a companion. The angle of his neck and horn leaves me unsettled and looking to go outside and see if I can find him before he takes off. Just awesome!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010
Thank you very much indeed :)
Glad the colours look okay to you! I think that's the main worry with all my artwork... whether the viewer will see what I originally intended. Sometimes little discrepancies in hue can make a huge difference in the artist's eyes! Well to me anyway...
The first version of this one had a sort of theme of loneliness so I'm glad you can see the remnants of that in the rehashed version :lol:
Merry Christmas to you! :holly: :)
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Tweakster Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
What do you do to get the fur effect? It looks great!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Very small brush size (a pixel or two) and draw the hairs in over the top. Thanks v muchly! :D
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cerona Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely stunning! :la: The reds of his coat is in such brilliant contrast to the pure white snow, and I love the strong, chilly winds sweeping his hair :nod:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
:D Thank you so much :heart:!! I like windswept pictures :nod:
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cerona Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Me too! :la:
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GloomWriter Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist
You continue to amaze me... I'm glad you redid this because I hadn't seen it in your gallery before. Amazing detail!
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
:hug: Thank you v much :)! I prefer this version to the older one :giggle: even though the other one had birds.
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010   General Artist
Muuuuuch love for you and for this, Amanda. I was checking out your very cool blog pics a day or two ago as well :nod: Yes I was... :sprint: ( Sorry I am a failed friend... my first login to dA in over a month right now.)
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
:love:
you are not a failed friend, you just have a life :lol:
Very glad to hear from you! :glomp: And thank you :aww: Hope to see some more of you before Christmas ;)
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PearlyPony Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011   General Artist
Thanks, Amanda :hug: Well, I have a very complex existence I have faith will drastically evolve into a superhappy life eventually :iconsupereagerplz:
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Yey more snow scenes! This is the kind of stuff I love to see. I love the snow; how you made it look all lumpy. Beautiful detail in the unicorn as well. :D
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
YAY I am so glad you like the snow :XD: I didn't really know how to do it so I just picked some kind of brush (can't even remember which one) and did white blobs straight over the top of the old BG, which was just grass. Somehow it came out looking alright :lol: I don't know if I could recreate it though. Thank you muchly! :heart:
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oceans-inferno Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely painting. I like the contrast of this fiery chestnut against the winter landscape, as well as the texture you put in its hair (fitting, a winter coat during the winter). The little details too, like the way the mane floats on the wind or how the horse's breath blows about its neck- really makes this a great piece, even if it is a revamp.
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
Thank you :hug: :) I love your comments hehe. glad you noticed the breath too ;)
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Migido667 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
just one word:

WOW!!! :omfg:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank you so much :glomp: glad you liked!!
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Arwen-l-elfe Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Winter Unicorn! :la:

i love this but his rump seems strange...
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
YAY :D Maybe next year I will try something different. Like... a winter bird!
Thank you :hug:
The rump is a bit pointy :XD: I tried to fix it a bit but it still sticks out.
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Arwen-l-elfe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
a winter bird! Great idea! :giggle:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
:w00t:
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Arwen-l-elfe Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I can't wait until christmas 2011! :XD:
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Kotorigaro Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely! LOVE how you include the fur texture, just mind-blowing. :heart:
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AmandaDrage Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
Thank you so much. :hug: :) It was fun to do!
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irrie Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Student Filmographer
The hair texture really makes this, great job! <3
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