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Work-in-progress...


Star Swirl the Bearded.
I imagine him as being like a combination of Dumbledore and Leonardo Da Vinci.
A renaissance genius wizard pony.




I'll be painting over the lines, but I liked how they looked with the blocked-in color... so here's a WIP shot.

Sketched in graphite. Painting in CS3. Warming up.
About an hour or so.
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:iconsnapcentino:
SnapCentino Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016  Professional Writer
I absolutely love this.
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:iconbejeweledapples:
BejeweledApples Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Looks like a sketch version of an old-timey painting. Sweet.
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:iconcubasandwichpl:
CubaSandwichPL Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2015  Student Artist
Good Job is Cute!!! :D :clap:
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:iconearlannex:
EarlAnnex Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey Albus.

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Waitwhat?
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:iconrukariotrainer:
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015
love it!! In general I'm a fan of Starswirl
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:iconwizzard747:
wizzard747 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
That's exactly how he looks now in my imagination
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:iconderederefan07:
DereDereFan07 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
damn
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:iconsnikmorder:
Snikmorder Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always imagined Starswirl the Bearded to be like Gandalf.
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:iconhiawolf:
hiawolf Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
leonardo da vincci...
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:iconoihu:
Oihu Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
hellooo new background
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:iconmmadhu94:
mmadhu94 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
First: I think that this is just imponderably beautiful and i realllllly like the flowing look of the mane. I definitely like your style with the wings too.
2nd: do you have any kind of tips/techniques to help a hopeful artist? I mean if this is a SPEED paint...i mean seriously that is skill. I work with a tablet but now all i need is a few pointers from godly artists such as yourself
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MsStephenMerchantplz Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Artist
twilights favorite costume
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:iconjasonvgrace:
JasonvGrace Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This is almost exactly how I imagined Starswirl... ... ...but you didn't get the bells right
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CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
This is a work in progress. There will be bells.
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dragospirit Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012  Student General Artist
i would leave it at this stage, and call it complete. it really captures the idea that he's from a distant past. it also fules the Da Vinci look in my opinion. all in all a wonderful piece.
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:icondeihjan:
Deihjan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
Gandalf is now a poni. And second-best poni after Princess Celestia.
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:iconajnosftw:
AjnosFTW Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Dumbledore + Da Vinci = a winning combination!
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:iconsandaphlone:
Sandaphlone Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I think If you made a comic around Star Swirl it would be the greatest thing ever.
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:iconsandaphlone:
Sandaphlone Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
I think if you made a comic around Starswirl it would be the greatest thing ever.
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:iconmadman12000:
madman12000 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
Epic beard. Bet him and Twi are distantly related...
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:icontsawlaeltutsamsiyu:
TsawlaEltuTsamsiyu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student General Artist
I instantly recognized this pony even though this is the only representation of him I've seen. Marvelous work!
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sprinklesaurus Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
I'm kinda pissed that you can do these things in an hour or so. That up thar would take me at least 6 or 7 hours, IF the paint was cooperating with me, bpwhich is a rare occurrence
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:iconarticsocean:
articsocean Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Student General Artist
The second I saw this I thought Dumbledore. Then *description.* I am not disappointed. Exactly how I imagined Starswirl!
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:iconbronyforever:
BronyForever Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
New crappyunicorn picture !

thumb up if u cry evry time :iconmanlytearsplz:

The book on his laps looks slightly off to me, but the general picture is amazing
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:iconnecroex:
NecroEX Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love it, nice take on Starswirl.
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darkotter Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!
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:iconwraithrat:
WraithRat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
I'd imagine the bells would be his ceremonial attire. He ditches them to travel incognito. ;)
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:iconwraithrat:
WraithRat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
The old style reminds me of the animation from the 1977 Hobbit movie. Odin-like wanderers rock!
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:iconterrahv1:
TerraHv1 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
This is now head-canon for what he looked like!
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BrutalWite Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
oh hey, dont forget that star swirl the bearded has alot of different star constellations on his robe!!!
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BrutalWite Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
man, you are such an amazing painting!!!
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:iconblisfstructure:
blisfstructure Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Oh noes Star Swirl, watch out for the "pony who shall not be named"! oooooh... heh, lame joke, sorry.
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DrewCopenhaver Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I absolutely love the color scheme and the combination of the digital ink and graphite lines. Simply awesome.
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:iconsuddenlyahat:
suddenlyahat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
Cool work dude!
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:iconradoxeald:
Radoxeald Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconwhoaplz: Whoa. What else can you say, but... whoa.

Instant :+devwatch:.
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:iconmurdoc1905:
Murdoc1905 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dumbanardo Le Vincidore ^.-.^
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
:iconfblikeplz:
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:iconquadice:
QuadICE Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is bucking wonderful!
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:iconr0ninkai:
r0ninKai Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
No bells?
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:iconcosmicunicorn:
CosmicUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Work-in-progress.
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:iconjjmyster22:
JJmyster22 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
WOW!!! YES! YES! YES! WOW! GREAT! AMAZING! WOW!
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:iconstarbolt65:
Starbolt65 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Oh cool, a country music singer.
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:iconboneclown:
BoneClown Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it :D
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:iconcharlesdeleroy:
Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
He looks all sage-like and Gandalfy! :D
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:iconchessie2003:
Chessie2003 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Wait... this is a work IN PROGRESS?!
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:icondarkapostlematt:
DarkApostleMatt Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
CrappyUnicorn, I believe you make some of the best mlp: fim art on DA.
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:iconskylamina:
SkyLamina Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:3 this makes the whole of DA 20 percent cooler
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thebombbrigade Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
sweet!
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:iconmzphit:
mzphit Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I quite like your interpretation.
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Dragon-guy36 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
Wow. This is pretty awesome.
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