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"Pegasi looked almost more like four-legged birds standing next to horses. Their necks were longer and their bodies shorter in comparison, their ribs tremendously wideprung for lung space and their shoulders broad for wing muscles, but tapering away behind to almost nothing; their bellies tucked up like sighthounds', although... there were deep lines of muscle on their hindquarters. Their legs seemed as slender as grass stems, and the place where the head met the neck was so delicate a child's hands could ring it; they moved as if they weighed nothing at all, as if they might float away, even without spreading their wings. And no human could ever take their eyes off a pegasus' wings" (McKinley 129)

Trying to get back in the habit of drawing frequently- and as I just finished a novel about pegasi (Pegasus by Robin McKinley you should all read it), I was very inspired. Also, very driven to make this piece because of the lack of adequate representations of McKinleys' pegasi with their cute little alula hands!

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OkamiNoYume Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
Oh my, this is stunning. Gorgeous, absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous. And the wings! They're so grand. You've captured the majesty of the pegasai from McKinley's novel. <3


*love*

I presume this would be King Lrrianay?

Pegasus should get a movie adaptation. Plus, there's a sequel coming! 8D
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Sky-Lily Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm reading this book now and am enjoying it very much :la: Beautiful drawing!
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MaidenStar Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing! And I love the book, too!
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erarosaimmortal21 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
So beautiful! The details are amazing.:)
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Fira1 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Beautiful, and accurate! I love "Pegasus" Ebon is hilarious.
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lippincottart00 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
talk about a wing-span AMAZING!!!!!
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awesomestarz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That is Beautiful.
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alixandria55555 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the hands i find oddly creepy
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jebjenniewren Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
This is beautiful. It matches the description perfectly and just - wow. I love it.
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MyouBade Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Funny I had just got done reading the page only a few moments ago, beautiful artwork it really shows all the wonders and mystical feautures of the pegasi. You even got their odd little hands in there. Only I always pictured them as really small and kinda clear looking, don't know why I just do. I love Robin Mckinley's books, if you havn't done so already you should look into reading others than just pegasus.
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ShaeLyian Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
when i saw this in you gallery, i was 'ok, that looks interes--WHOA!!'

:D you did REALLY good! i was super impressed by the lineless coloring, cuz i suck at that.
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GonXKillua Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
Ish sooo pretty :iconiheartitplz:
but....when the pegasus tucks its wings down... wouldn't they drag, since they're so big? :O just wonderin'
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cowboifunk Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Beautiful warm colors. Shes looks so elegant :)
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TannenNinja Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I'm currently reading this book and I absolutely love what you've done with the concept.
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processofwinter Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What a breathtaking pair of wings. I definitely couldn't take *my* eyes off of them. :heart:
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Bast-Incarnation Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
Oh my god her wings have hands! Those are quite the pair of wings she has too...
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Leashe Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Tee hee. Sure are! I have no idea how a horse would be able to fly toherwise
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Bast-Incarnation Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011
I agree! They are heavy... they would have to have some pretty big wings lol
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StormyNyte Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011
Love it!
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PufferfishMousse Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011
Simply in awe over this. Amazing!
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Hafique84 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist
nice!!! i like the horse wing.awesome!
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thank you C:
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NexyInes Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Masterful..I bow to you.
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Susiron Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, my! The lighting-- the wings-- the pose! < 3
This entire piece is just amazing. e u e
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NewShine Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am so watching you for this image alone. :XD: :heart: :meow:
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Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
aww thanks!
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NewShine Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, welcome! I have this thing when it comes to peg wings... I hate when they're all tiny and don't even look like they have any business holding up a horse. :XD: I squealed so hard and had to show this to a friend when I came across it! :lol:
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Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
hahahaha thanks! I have the same problem XD
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serinity52 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG I love this. ^^ Pegasus is my favorite book right now, and I am eagerly awaiting the sequel. :3
Your representation of the pegasi is spectacular.
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Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
wheeee thanks!
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serinity52 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. ^.^
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kalmine Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Epic!
I love the giant wings =D
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Lalita17 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
This is absoloutly surreal, so georgeous <3
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WolfPawDragonClaw Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011
This is gorgeous, breath taking and beautiful all in one! :love:
This was featured!!! :iconbunnyloveplz:
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
oh my, thank you!
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WolfPawDragonClaw Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
You're welcome! :D
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Washington-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
oh wow I read that book not too long ago, it inspired me as well!!!!!!! This is a great drawing, and Pegasus is a great book!
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Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really is! The sequel is coming soooooon
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Washington-Pony Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Oh ok GOOD! I wasn't sure if there was a sequel or not, because it ended totally weird, and it never said "To Be Continued" or anything! That makes me feel a lot better and now I'm looking forward to it yay
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AnonymousManiac Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011
Amazing as always, another great work to add to your unmatchable collection of marvels.
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:iconleashe:
Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you are much too kind. C:
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lostprophetxtian Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome i like this :D
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Emmygir Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The detail! Amazing.
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fire-light16 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
magnifique , c'est réussi ;)
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sVa-BinaryStar Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
Beautiful atmosphere!
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ceara Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful work :)
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yoyokryso213 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh wow ! this is perfection!
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feverpaint Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
This is gorgeous :aww:
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MissDudette Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
That desription about fits my idea of a pegasus, too. :) They surely look different than a horse. ^^ EXCELLENT PIECE HERE, TOO. :)
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Leashe Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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