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From Flame... by Aikya From Flame... by Aikya
Burn...


...Climbing embers spiral between the crevasses, breaking the threshold of roots. A breathing rhythm chases between bark and vines. The Fire Spirits left nothing but their pulsing hoof prints in the ground as they fled into the woods, echoing after a storm far greater than themselves…


Thought I’d challenge myself and draw a more dynamic pose. This was extremely fun to work on, and with colors I don’t usually use. More experimenting! :heart: Horses have a pad on the bottom of their feet called the frog. It’s always looked like a heart and for me it symbolizes the magnificent pulsing energy of this animal.

This was done in watercolor pencils on 90 lb. paper. It took me a week to find the courage to apply water to it since 90 lb. paper buckles really bad. I had to be careful not to saturate the paper, which was all a great learning experience.

Flames are so unpredictable-I usually end up drawing them like branches or leaves. Enjoy!
Reference photo © to Wojtek Kwiatkowski: [link]

:love: Thank you for the comments and faves as always ^^
Image © to Amanda Klammer. Please do not use this image in any way without asking ^^
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Given 2010-04-24
In dreams, a creature born to us purely From Flame... outstanding watercolor pencil work from *Aikya. ( Suggested by Exillior and Featured by SRaffa )
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CinderLace Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that is amazing. Keep up the good work!
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TigerRose1329 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's beautiful! Is that Rapidash from Pokemon?
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:icondoxie-moxie69:
Doxie-Moxie69 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
beautiful
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LiamGray Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Great work :D
I love how it blends with the background
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:iconicecloud123:
icecloud123 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
this is wonderful you my friend are a very talented person =)
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:iconaikya:
Aikya Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:heart:
Thank you very much!
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:iconkillerbee321:
killerbee321 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
amamzing
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:iconpiccololover01:
piccololover01 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
coolness
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MyhorseMidnight Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Nice flames! lol
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:icontheorangeness:
TheOrangeness Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
Beautiful work! I love the colors and the pose!
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pikapikayukai Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010
its rapidash!!!lol I had my fun now.
the picture is relly beautiful.
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LITTLESHAVER Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
What a tour-de-force! Do you wet the pencil tips to get that "wash" type of blending? This is one of the most beautiful creations ever! :wow:
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Aikya Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't wet the tips of the pencils for this picture, though you can do that and it will make the colors much more saturated/vibrant :D
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LITTLESHAVER Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2010
I love your technique and your beautiful imagination!
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E-X-A-L-T Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010
Amazing...
fire,
colour,
detail...
I like it :)
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ChaosDarkie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Wow... That's really beautiful. I love the pose, it's got action and passion behind it. And the flames add to the dynamic of the picture. Great technique, too. I always have a lot of trouble with watercolor pencils, but you make it look effortless. Wonderful job!
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JennytheTurtle Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student Photographer
wow, that is absolutely amazing :heart:
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LycanFangs1941 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing. just absolutely stunning.
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the-Only-one91 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the flames. It just draw the eye and all I can do is go 'ohhhh' pretty.

There are some proportion problems that i see between the head and the body and the pastern is a bit larger then I'm used too (it may be right if it's a draft but I'm not sure. I'm used to wbs and tbs and it looks a bit big) or it may just be the angle for me, so don't listen to my rambling. But the muscles are just lovely. Did you use a reference because I love that head. Also the shading of the hock. It must have been hard with the position.

Love it. This has so been faved.
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:iconily2014:
ily2014 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
That is beautiful!
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:iconrantheren:
rantheren Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
cooll ^^
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:iconliamxblazeneyes:
liamxblazeneyes Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazingly radiant. Some brilliant work.
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ShikuroxKanno Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The frog was the only part of the horse I knew about :XD:

These colors really do stand out from other deviantions.
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Aneirin-Aryon Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
Awesome style, I like the colors as well. ^_^
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Ravyn-Karasu Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Awesome lines. This turned out really nice. I know what ya mean about flames...I have so much trouble with them too
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:iconpho0b:
pho0b Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Congrats on the DD, I knew you would get one one of these days :hug:
You're so deserving.
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DrakeSavaan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
just adore the colours!
Gratz on the DD! :clap:
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DA000 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Very nice work, I ussually don't see a draw so beautifully made with colorpencils(watercolored). This remembers me of a Final Fantasy series logo(and I love the logos of final fantasy, hmm!)
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oathkeeper-auctor Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
I do think that the flames go out to look like branches, but I think that's great about them, and the colours and transformation, it's all awesome ;) congrats on the DD
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astraldreamer Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Can I be honest? I don't really like the pose (I feel like I'm looking at the horses butt).
But the colouring in this is just magnificent and it totally deserves a daily deviation. Well done.
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TheRedFoxof9 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it. Watercolors are fun to work with! I love your choice of colors. Perfect for the summer time. XD
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:iconpapertrees:
papertrees Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
this is so beautiful. I love absolutely everything about it. :heart:
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Wadns17 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
awesome!
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Cazya Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
This is amazing...I absolutly love the idea and the colours/shades you have used. I like how the tail turns into the flames, and near his face...looks almost like he's going to go up in flames completly :D

Great work! =D
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Elpeciss Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
One word: Amazing. :clap:
No really, incredible detail. It looks just like fire. :)
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Lunoki Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
PONYTA.
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PeachesOfWar Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Student General Artist
lol
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aixado Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
fantastic work!!:clap:
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WhiteKimahri Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
Amaaaaazing work!
I love how you used the colours in here.
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow!
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Freha Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This image reminds me of how my character/muse came to me years ago. It was in a dream filled with fire and she lept from them. :) Nice work.
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Chef-Kyros Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Rapidash! Haha, pokemon reference.. really tho, that's an impressive piece of work. I love the blending of the warm tones and the actual horse and its flames. Oh, and good job with the water and the paper not buckling!
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xMOONSHADOWSx Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
That's a very lively piece of work you got there! I like how you made the orange mix with the yellow! It's very bright and lovely! :D
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soloflying Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous
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wytherwing Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
very lovely work and congrats to you on your DD! :)
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chuaenghan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow~~~nice!!!
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natural-pixie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
really well done. i love the colors and how u blended water with some of them.... 90 lb. paper?? :O i didn't know there was such a thing...interesting. anyways really great work. :)
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DaCrazyNDN Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
awesome colours !! love it
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13thcatofthegate Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
whoa- that is sooo cool!
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soulterror101 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2010
oooo cool ^^
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