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The Last Unicorn & The Red Bull

September 19, 2014  •  2 Comments

  I have finally finished my painting inspired by a book and movie I have loved since childhood - The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle. The absolutely stunningly animated film was released in the '80s, and it captured the heart of anyone who saw it, mine included. I have read the book several times, and I have watched the movie literally hundreds of times. I know it by heart, and it still moves me. So it was with trepidation, but honorable intentions, that I set out to create a painting inspired by The Last Unicorn. Now that I have finished it, I have to say, I'm very pleased with how it turned out. 
  For those who are unfamiliar with the movie, here's a brief synopsis: A unicorn finds out she is the last remaining in the world, so she sets out to find the others. Amidst adventures on the road (and accompanied by an absolutely gorgeous soundtrack), she discovers all the other unicorns have been captured by the Red Bull and driven into the sea. Skip to the end (spoiler alert!) and the last unicorn drives the Red Bull into the sea, releasing a tide of stampeding unicorns back into the world again. This is the scene I have painted, with artistic liberties of course. 
  A note about the process of this digital painting - I used Photoshop to create it; I started from scratch using digital paintbrushes and colours and then filters and other techniques to draw and paint this scene - no photography, all my own hand. And by hand, well, I actually mean my finger. I used the trackpad on my laptop to paint this entirely. No, really. That's what I always use, I don't have a tablet or anything fancy. 
So, here it is. 
The Last Unicorn and the Red BullThe Last Unicorn and the Red BullBased on the epic culmination of Peter S. Beagle's wonderful novel, "The Last Unicorn", wherein all of the unicorns in the world are rescued from the sea, and the demon 'Red Bull' that kept them there is defeated.
Now available for purchase in a limited print run of 100. Prints are on premium lustre paper, size 12"x18", signed and numbered, for $150 (plus applicable shipping). (Currently on #3 of 100.) Contact me to purchase. These make a fabulous gift for lovers of this movie and book! Thank you.

The Last Unicorn & The Red Bull, by Sarah Chisholm, 2014 

  I had the honour of meeting the author, Peter S. Beagle, in the spring of this year. He was touring Canadian theatres with a screening of the movie, and book signing and talk. He was funny, and sweet, and very down-to-earth. It was truly one of the best days of my life, getting to watch my favourite movie with my own daughter, and the author! I have a few mementos from that day, and I very much enjoyed talking to Mr. Beagle personally, but I was disappointed in myself that I did not have this painting done to show him at that time. It just wasn't ready, though it was on the go. I really hope he sees my painting one day. He is now touring the USA and select theatres, so if you have a chance, I cannot recommend strongly enough that you go! Check out The Last Unicorn Facebook Page for tour dates.
  Please, if you loved this movie too (well, you still will), share this with your friends! I hope you enjoy my creation; it's been a long time in the making. I really do like this one, though. Cheers!

   Sarah
 


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Judith(non-registered)
WOW and thanks to Joss Burnell for pointing me in this direction. I wrote a post on a lovely unicorn story -http://growingyoungereachday.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/unicorns-do-exist/. I think you might enjoy it.
Moira Campbell(non-registered)
Just fabulous in all its fantasy and finery. A lovely foreground, gems embedded there. Reflections on your favorite shoreline motifs are definitely a presence here !
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