It was a one-eyed, one-horned…

It was a one-eyed, one-horned...

Okay, it’s not purple and (probably) doesn’t fly, and on top of it all, it has TWO eyes. Well, theoretically at least. You can only see one from this side, which as I recall is one of the theories floating around regarding unicorn mythology in general (two-horned beasties rendered in profile), and I needed a title, so this is what you get.

This is another drawing from the vaults, several years old, but until mid-October I can plausibly use classes as an excuse for posting shoddy and/or ancient work here. My main beef with this one is the mismatched leg length, and of course the fact that I am incapable of putting backgrounds on these things. I do like the warm colors.

The idea itself was to make a sort of “steppe unicorn,” going back to the more traditional image of fierce, sturdy, somewhat goat-like animals with cloven hooves and brushy tails. I kept the mane, of course, but went with something more “shaggy” than flowing, and topped it off with a less-than-traditional spiral horn — both in homage to the Markhor, a gorgeous Middle Eastern caprid that I was a bit enamored of back then. I still think they’re pretty nifty — but I’m a sucker for things with ridiculous manebeards and crazy spiral horns. I blame it on being an Aries. Well, actually I generally don’t, but it sounds like a good idea now.

So, there’s my goat-horse-unicorn from 2010. Happy Labor Day weekend!

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