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Bring Me The Horizon - Suicide Season

First horse of the year! I planned to make it a painted unicorn but after the background took its final form, I figured the outcome might have been.. well, a bit too something I can't really put into words! :lol: But anyway this piece ended up having a lot of personal meaning for myself and I don't feel very comfortable explaining it more than that. I'll give you guys some space to interpret it the way you like. I think I'm especially happy with this one because the background is fully hand-painted too and I didn't use any textures for it like I've often done with these type of backgrounds.

I hope you like the painting too, and thanks for taking a look! :)

Info & Credits
- Wacom Bamboo Pen A6 and Photoshop CS3
- Original size 4128 x 3017 px with 28 layers
- About 20 hours
- Horse referenced from [link] by *slime-stock
- Background referenced from [link] by ~Book-of-Light-Stock
- Artwork © Aura Heiskanen / thunderbulletz 2013
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:iconkc-brooklyn:
KC-Brooklyn Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow it looks like a photo! and i just realised the title is by my favorite BMTH song, awesome :D ^^
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply stunning.
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Thank you!
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:iconmadelynsmommy:
madelynsmommy Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Beautiful! Added to favorites for my daughter, she loves horses! 
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014
Thank you very much, I hope she'll like the painting as well! :aww: Have a lovely day!
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SpioradAisce Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Thought this was a manip, amazing job!
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Caroprincessx3 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
wow ! Oops! +fav 
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LightningWolf913 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually been having trouble telling if these pictures are real or drawn. XD I was debating. Absolutely AMAZING! You bring out the true beauty in horses in all of their different forms. The realism is just extraordinary! I'm not even a millionth of as good as you. You're just amazing! You can almost get lost in the pictures. You can see a soul in the horses' eyes. I can' t even tell you how absolutely amazing your art is!
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:iconterramoo:
Terramoo Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job. You really did well with the reflection.
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:iconcelinaclraw:
celinaclraw Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm so jealous of your skills x)
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
Oh noees, don't be! But thanks a lot anyway :giggle:
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:iconcelinaclraw:
celinaclraw Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You draw so good it often looks better than the pictures, so how can I not? :P
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sunwolf29 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Such amazing wonderful work! I so admire you and your style, the cripsness and details - so lifelike yet somehow much better then real life - crisper cleaner brighter. Sigh, please keep posting up your work, they are such an inspiration for me. I come to your gallery everytime I have a bit of art block - so wonderful and beautiful.
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you so very much for the kind words, it really means a lot to know you like my paintings! And like I commented on one of your pieces earlier, I consider YOU to be one of my inspirations as well. If I never had found your artwork, maybe my own horse paintings wouldn't have become as detailed as they are these days! :)

It also feels great you pointed out my paintings being kinda "brighter than reality" because that's exactly what I'm aiming for! It took me time to find my own style, and even though my art could still be considered realistic, I want to exaggerate brightness, colour and beauty of the real life in my paintings. So yeah, thank you a lot once more!
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SynBrittany Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Wow, Mouse looks amazing! :wow:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you a lot! He was a lot of fun to paint indeed! :D
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:iconsynbrittany:
SynBrittany Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013
You're very welcome! :)
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another stunning piece from you... The background gives it a really dreamy ethereal feel :love:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you a lot, great to hear you think so! :hug:
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SomersetRaven Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome :D
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JEAikman Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I can do anything but sit and stare at this in awe - It's just that amazing.
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
D'aww, thanks so much for your kind words! :)
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:iconjust-for-giggles:
just-for-giggles Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I love the background... ^^ fantastic job, again!
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you!
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Etskuni Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
*-* ...... :faint: ...... :dead: ....... :ambulance:

hehe, just joking ;P
this is awesome, perfect, beautiful... have no words to describe it
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Aww thanks so much! :heart:
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:iconetskuni:
Etskuni Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
You're very welcome :)
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:iconfallingfromsky:
FallingFromSky Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the eye, it's so pretty! ♥ And of course, great job on the details and the background, I can't believe it's completely hand-painted :wow: You're awesome! :happybounce:
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you kindly! Haha I really like to exaggerate the use of light and colour in eyes, so it's great to know people notice such details! :la:
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WhimsicalRuby Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh my gosh! I thought that horse was a photo when I first looked at it! And that background *dies*


This is an absolutely gorgeous peice.
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you very much, I'm glad to hear you think so! :)
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Alisusi Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013
Amazing like the WIP of this great digital art!:heart:
I also like the background!:love:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you very much! :aww:
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:iconalisusi:
Alisusi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013
You are very welcome!:D
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:iconkamieno:
Kamieno Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I could emphasize enough how beautiful I think this is! :XD:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Aww thanks so much! :heart:
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MiszD Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeahh, Feverpaint is right, it would be great if you could do an hair tutorial about how you do it. Or maybe an online livestream when you're painting and upload a speeded up version of that on youtube? I always wonder how you do it, since you create such realistic images!
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thankies a lot! Yep, probably the most common question I get asked is how do I paint the hair. But like I just wrote to feverpaint: "Painting hair isn't basically anything but slapping a lot of colours on one layer, blending them well, defining some detailed shapes and then just painting fine strokes of hair on the top of everything. Maybe I could post my brush options here though, because at least I find painting the hair easier when you have a bit sharper brush than the regular Photoshop hard round one!"

So there's no any magic tricks used, just a lot of patience because painting every single hair stroke individually takes shitloads of time and can get to your nerves! :giggle:
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feverpaint Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing as always Aura :faint: You NEED to make a tutorial on hair, just a simple one pleeeeease :love: Haha :huggle:
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Haha thank you so much dear! :tighthug: Aww yeah, quite many people have asked me about doing a tutorial about it but I'm not sure how to put one together. Painting hair isn't basically anything but slapping a lot of colours on one layer, blending them well, defining some detailed shapes and then just painting fine strokes of hair on the top of everything. Maybe I could post my brush options here though, because at least I find painting the hair easier when you have a bit sharper brush than the regular Photoshop hard round one!
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lapis-lazuri Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! The detail is excellent, as always, and the background is interesting. There's power and a sense of storm, but also stars that inspire dreaminess. Beautiful colors, too.
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thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you so very much!
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IckleVoldiePoo Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
I'm certainly feeling the unicorn vibe. =) Very pretty, great job! :D

Hope everything is okay :hug:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Thank you a lot, and haha that's nice to hear! :D Maybe I'll try out painting an actual unicorn some time..
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Le-laa Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
voi kun on taas upea työ!! taidat pitää kirjavista! .. kadehdin tuota sinun karvanteko taitoa!! :la:
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
Kiitos vain! Pintoja ja muita kirjavia on todellakin hauska maalata! :giggle:
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Le-laa Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
(:
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DivineROAR Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow! Just wow!
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:iconthunderbulletz:
thunderbulletz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013
Haha thanks! :)
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:iconnewshine:
NewShine Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You could SO sell these as prints. Just sayin.
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