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April 23, 2008
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The Fire Lord by arrsistable The Fire Lord by arrsistable
Hah! Such a great title, right? :lol:

Ok, gosh. This was a commission done for ~Maeris, who, might I say, was absolutely superb with all her patience. Kudos to you, darling. :smooch:

She wanted a horse, canter pirouette in a puddle of gasoline and ringed by fire, as if the horse started it. But, then she gave me artistic freedom and this is what happened. :evillaugh:

This was my very first time ever working with fire. Holy cow! I used gobs and gobs of layers of it and eventually it began to click into place. I tried a regular mane, and nah, scrapped it. Did a fire tail, and nah, scrapped it, but that one was Joshs call. I drove that man nuts asking him to come look at it and tell me what he thought, what looked wrong, etc. By the end of tonight he'd sit on the couch and stare at me without moving. LOL.

Sorry Josh.

Aaah, lets see. Obviously, the mane and tail were replaced. I lifted and curved the neck and brought the head in. Replaced the ears, opened the jaw and painted in some teeth, painted over the eye. I tilted the horse back, too, and altered/drew up/in the forelegs as well to add some dramatics, and give an overall pissed feeling, since that's what ~Maeris wanted.

And lots of other stuff, but I'll let you guys look if you want and try to figure it out. =P

Special thanks to *devils-horizon and ~Sylvanestra, because I annoyed the crap out of them too with demands for opinions and critiques along the way. Thank you too, to *devils-horizon for the playlist that got me through this picture! :smooch:

Time: 40+hours
Tools: Wacom Intuos3 + Adobe CS2
Active Layers: 71 - 40 alone make up the fire.

Closeups: [link]

WIP progression:

The Fire Lord - WIP 1
The Fire Lord - WIP 2
The Fire Lord - WIP 3
The Fire Lord - WIP 4
The Fire Lord - WIP 5

Elemental Horse series:
Water: Elemental: Water [link]
Earth: The Earth Goddess [link]

~RikkDarkMoon - [link] [link] [link] [link]
~VivaStock - [link]
*Mithgariel-stock - [link]
~jozut - [link] [link] [link]
~narghaash-stock - [link]
~jack-the-pumkin-king - [link]
~Stickfishies-Stock - [link]
~AthenaStock - [link]
=night-fate-stock - [link]
~Roslend - [link] NOT STOCK, used with full permission. Thanks hun!
~absurdus - [link]
~little-stock - [link]
SXC, C/O Costi: [link]
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Given 2008-04-26
Fire is always risky business in manipulations, but when I see the light of the fire reflecting on the flanks of the horse, that just brings me sweet tears of joy. The Fire Lord by =arrsistable ( Suggested by Shadehkins and Featured by IreneLangholm )
FlickaMustang Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
um this work is being used by another deviant 
just want to let you know claiming they take requests and such you did not receive credit for the original work
arrsistable Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Thank you so much for letting me know!! People are so ridiculous. :hug: 
FlickaMustang Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SO much effort goes into inverting colors
RoseBlanche Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student Interface Designer
The flame in the motion is just breath taking.
NINJAWERETIGER Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is awesome!
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