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Prophecy Completed by CopperdragonArt Prophecy Completed by CopperdragonArt
First completed picture with the tablet!
I decided to take a break from my dog prortait...and also that it was time for Prophecy to be come the official leader of my herd. :D
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The brisk breeze picking up Prophecy’s mane and tail helped to calm his nerves. He took a deep breath, looking up toward the sun. Tipping back his muzzle, he drank the soft air and flared his nostrils, huffing slightly.

“Nervous, Prophecy?” Onyx’s firm, calm voice rumbled through the air. “I know how you feel, but there is really no need for it. You are ready, I know it.” The big black stallion paused, stepping closer to his young pupil. “I’m proud of you for what you’ve accomplished these last months...and I never doubted once you would fail.”

“At least one of us has some confidence.” Prophecy gave a humourless snort. “I know I’ll mess up something.”

“Let your instincts guide you, and be the stallion you are at heart,” Onyx advised. “Forget the part of you that thinks of failure.”

Prophecy looked at him, shifting his weight from hoof to hoof. Finally his mouth twitched. “You’re right as always. I’ll to my best.”

“That’s all we ask.” Onyx snorted a puff of warm air across Prophecy, showing his approval. “Now, it’s time we began.” He strode away through the grass, neck held at a comfortable angle.

Prophecy raised his head to watch his mentor’s progress. Onyx paused, looking over the herd grazing restlessly nearby, and turned to face the distant mountain range.

“Let the herd gather together,” he said in a strong voice. “Come, each of you, to witness the beginning of a new chapter in your lives. Come.”

Murmuring excitedly, the horses circled to stand in a crescent shape around Onyx so that Prophecy stood between the two points. They whisked their tails and picked up their hooves, transferring the spirit of energy throughout the herd. Prophecy could taste it too, and shook out his mane in anticipation. He glanced around at all the familiar faces, lingering on Rhynn’s excited eyes. She gave him a proud look of encouragement. Wolffax at her side half reared up, flashing her dark mane high.

Onyx pawed the ground with one heavy hoof. “We are one herd,” he began. “And we share one spirit. But to be truly united, we must have a stallion to watch over us all, so that we may graze in peace. For many months we have lived without this security...but we can now live without fear.”

Prophecy felt a thrill, half apprehension of the weight of such responsibility. But he suddenly realized that more than anything he wanted it, and felt that he had the power in his legs and heart to take it. He flexed his neck and faced Onyx proudly, squaring his hooves as he looked down at the herd.

Onyx raised his head high. “ Prophecy, do you accept the responsibility and honour of being our lead stallion?”

Prophecy looked on steadily, but his heart pounded inside of him like galloping hooves as he answered. “I do.”

“And do you, horses of the herd, accept Prophecy as your guardian?”

“We do!” came Wolffax’s shrill whinny, and her voice was echoed by every horse gathered.

“Then I name Prophecy lead stallion, and protector and caretaker for all of us.” Onyx pounded his fore-hooves solidly into the grass. “ Prophecy, give us a name!”

Prophecy inhaled the fresh breeze, closing his eyes briefly before replying. “For the wind that circles the mountaintops, the sun that heats the earth and makes the grass bright, I name the herd under my protection the Equinox Herd. Remember the name, and know that as long as I am here I will do all in my power to keep you safe.”

“Equinox...” the name echoed around the herd like a breeze in dry summer grass. Rhynn’s eyes glowed as she looked at Prophecy’s warm coat. Her dream of so many months ago had come true – the Equinox Herd was protected by a powerful chestnut lead stallion. The prophecy was fulfilled.

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Prophecy, artwork, text and all characters (c) by me, Copperdragon.
Referenced from [link] (c) by ~showcasestock
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:iconcrickatoo:
Crickatoo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Featured here: [link] :)
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh, thanks very much!
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:iconalt1130:
alt1130 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Gorgeous!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconrgcl:
RGCL Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
Beautiful!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :aww:
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:iconsimply-amy:
simply-amy Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
awww this is very lovely!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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simply-amy Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
yw :)
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patricialovesblitz Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
(L)
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:iconolviavika:
OlviaVika Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009   Interface Designer
aww.. very well done!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconlolilith:
Lolilith Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
he's awesome:wow:
so beautiful:heart:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconlolilith:
Lolilith Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
you're welcome:hug:
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:iconbuck1505:
buck1505 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
Is a good edition.You're a very beautiful
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
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:iconanimalloverr247:
animalloverr247 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009   Digital Artist
:wow:!This is spectacular!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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:iconanimalloverr247:
animalloverr247 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2009   Digital Artist
Yer welcome!
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Kotorigaro Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful writing! :clap: And the shading on Prophecy's coat is gorgeous; subtle but accurate! I also love how you've done the blaze to suggest there's hair! ;) And WELL DONE on doing such a lovely background! So many artists (myself included) get lazy on the background but it makes such a difference! :D
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I tried a very new technique with his coat, so I'm glad you think it's a success. :aww: I really tried to get the background in good shape since, like you said, I often am lazy with them. I'm glad you like the story too; it was a lot of fun to write. I just didn't really how many typos there are...:XD: Looks like some more editing is in order.
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AzarielShax Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: thats awesome!!!!! :wow: :wow:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks very much! :D
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:iconazarielshax:
AzarielShax Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
np :D
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tweatle Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009   General Artist
very pretty!! ^^ how did u learn to do digital art?? this is just AWSM i love the detail on the coat expecially, let me change that....I LOVE EVERYTHING ON THIS PICTURE :faint:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I guess it just took a lot of practice and time. :)
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:icontweatle:
tweatle Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009   General Artist
no probs^^ welldone uve showd ur hard work^^ its all payed off
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:iconb1-l00zer:
b1-l00zer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Student Digital Artist
great anatomy! <3

the eyes are amazing, and the shading is very, very well done!! congrats <3
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This picture was really a shading breakthrough for me. :D
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:iconb1-l00zer:
b1-l00zer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009  Student Digital Artist
ooh, i see!! :33

you're welcome!! :love:
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MichelleWalker Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gorgeous work here! I love the bright, vibrant colours. :love: Lovely work!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I love working with rich colours. :lol:
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moonfeather Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
wow, this is amazing!
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :aww:
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seven11ART Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great Job! It looks like Flicka - exept that hes a boy lol
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Haha, I love chestnut mares too though. :D
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seven11ART Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol
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FearlessFilly Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
WOW! :faint: Amazing job on the detail! I love the pose, too. I also love his coloring and his name. Awesome job on the background! :faint:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner May 9, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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:iconfearlessfilly:
FearlessFilly Featured By Owner May 9, 2009
You're welcome. :hug:
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:iconmondeis:
mondeis Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
that's so pretty, I really love the vibrant colours :heart:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner May 4, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh wow, thanks very much! :D
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Student General Artist
omigod this is so pretty!! :omg:
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :aww:
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FlyMaryFly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Student General Artist
your absolutely welcome.
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:iconwyakyn:
Wyakyn Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
He's a smexy guy, sure he'll do an awesome leader (a smexy one). :D
Youve done him wonderfully! :D
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:iconcopperdragonart:
CopperdragonArt Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: Thank you!
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:iconwyakyn:
Wyakyn Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
Welcome!
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Navare Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! beautiful pic! It looks unbelievably real, and the over-all 'emotion' is great
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