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Star Swirl the Bearded by Dembai Star Swirl the Bearded by Dembai
UPDATE FOR CURRENT DRAWFRIEND: MEGAOOPS!

I was trying to announce my Art Stream on EQD last night and some wires got crossed on their end...and they put the "sample" for the stream up as a Drawfriend! I know it's a repost, and it wasn't intended to be.

I'm really sorry for any confusion, but my intent was simply to stream...not to repost an old image to the drawfriend!

I love you guys!

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UPDATE (2011): I've noticed that the file I put up here was partly corrupted by the saving process (adding unwanted artifacts!).

I've now corrected the file so it doesn't have any of the artifacts anymore. I also uploaded a larger one!

I would like to say thank you to all who have Favorited this piece. I've been trying to thank you all personally, but DA thinks I'm spamming. XP I will get to it soon though!

Another note - if you have been poking through my gallery or intend to, understand that I haven't posted anything current on my DA in nearly 5 years. I wasn't drawing much for the longest time - but MLP has brought back some of the magic that I used to feel while drawing. It's a very remarkable show!

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As suggested by a brony from the MMO-Champion Brony thread.

No one really draws Star Swirl the Bearded (though I did manage to find a few images of him) - and since he's supposedly the most epic unicorn of all time, why not do an epic picture of him?

Yeah. And stuff.

No stealing him, because it's my art and Hasbro's character and I will MISH anyone who steals my art!

This is the first time I attempted a background in the MLP:FIM style and I think it turned out pretty well.

Note: His beard, tail and mane are pinkish because I found that white looked far too boring - so I made him match the G4 version of Star Swirl (even though she's a mare!) - so...yeah.

And stuff.

Took about 8 hours of working + diddling around. XD

PS7.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic AND Star Swirl the Bearded are (c) Hasbro.
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ReddSkye Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Student General Artist
According to the Journal of the Two Sisters book, (it was at walmart, i dunno if they still have it or not) Star Swirl the Bearded's beard was actually brown! I just finished reading the book so I'm like, "well I didn't know that." xD
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
I just realized that the color scheme, and cutie mark, of this picture of Star Swirl is identical to the G4 toy of the same name.
mylittlewiki.org/w/images/f/f6…

(Only that the G4 Star Swirl is not a unicorn. But neither is G1, G2 or G3 Star Swirl.)
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Dembai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Totally intentional. Not a lot of people have caught that.
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hrostami Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Epic work! :clap:
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Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
"Magic exists in all of us, yet it remains an enigma - it flows through all creation, it binds the forces that drives the motion of the world and the spheres. Its actions could be small beyond measure, but it's power could be vast beyond comprehension. Its use could create such incredible wonders - yet its misuse could unleash such unspeakable horrors.

For now, much is still unknown, and it has yet give up all its secrets, that ponies still keep their distance. Their ignorance and fear have kept them in the dark, and rather than realizing their full potential in the arcane, they had shackled themselves to short, poor existence, helpless to the capricious whims of the world, were it wild nature without, or our flawed condition within.

I REFUSE to be restrained. I will uncover the true power of magic, I will bring light of the arcane to the world, I will show ponykind the path to transcend their limited lives. 

I won't dare to presume I will accomplish much of this in my lifetime, but the legacy I leave behind would be followed, by those who, like me, dares to confront the mysteries of magic.

With confrontation, we shall be enlightened. With control, we shall conquer our fears. With mastery, we shall be set FREE."

--- Starswirl the Bearded, manuscript fragments of the Journal of Starswirl, (Circa 3,500 to 2500 years ago).
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
After years of searching different libraries and Archives, I finally found Starswirl's old notes and research. The spells that old unicorn found will make me powerful beyond belief. I will now use his new discoveries in the arcane to my gain. First the Crystal Empire, then all of Equestria will bow down to me, and no pony will be able to stop me!

--- Personal Journal of King Sombra secret library files of the Crystal Empire. (Circa 1000 years ago)
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
(Just like Starswirl said - misuse of magic could unleash such unimaginable horrors. Nicely done!)
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Dembai Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I like this. X3
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
Thanks. 
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014

"...I'm starting to worry about Starswirl. He has not left his study for days now. He has all his meals brought up to him and a cot has been set up for him to sleep on...though, I think he has not slept these last few nights. He just keeps going through all the old texts and scrolls about the old legends and myths, in particular, the ones about that chaos spirit, Discord. He's planning something. I know it, but he won't tell me anything. He just keeps saying that it will 'bring about a new golden age', but I fear that my mentor will bring about the opposite..."


---Clover the Clever in correspondence to Commander Hurricane.

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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
....Well, damn.
That's not good at all. :(
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Oh, don't be silly. I'm sure Starswirl knows exactly what he's doing.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
That's what I'm afraid of...
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Discord: "I assure you, that you have nothing to fear.' (grins sinisterly) "In fact, things are going better than expected."
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
:fear:
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
:iconmlpdiscordplz:
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
(HA! That certainly didn't end well)
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
You know, while I don't believe the theory that Starswirl turned into Discord, I do think that he was a little morally dubious.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
At least one fanfic writer had accused him on that because, well, his Alicorn Ascension spell seemed to be more about fulfilling one pony's destiny and make it seem like the spell was about exploiting five other ponies to ascend oneself. In his words, "Starswirl, I suspect, was a jerkass"
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014

I've seen a few make the same accusation because and because of a line in Celestia's song where said something to the effect of "Starswirl didn't understand friendship."


I also once read a fanfic where Starswirl was outright evil and plotting to have unicorns enslave the other two races until he was stopped by a newly-ascended Celestia--who had only ascended because Starswirl tried to kill her while she was still mortal.

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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Wow, that's rather dark. 
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
A most magnificent quote by Mr. Starswirl!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Thanks.
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Welcome!
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I wonder how Trooper924's would write a response to this one...
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SomeRandomMinion Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
posted a link on his page, so you may find out soon enough. ;)
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
He found it. 
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
It would probably be something pretentious and poorly-thought out, you know how that bastard is.
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BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I take it that you don't really like Starswirl. Wanna have a go? 
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Trooper924 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014

Actually, I was talking about myself there, a little self-deprecating humor and all that.


I starting to form a response in my mind, so keep an eye on this...

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Fist-of-doom Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is one of the Best Starswirl pictures I've seen, Bravo
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Persona22 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I've seen lots of pictures of Starswirl the Bearded, but I must say: This is one of the bests I've seen. Bravo!
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Dembai Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thankies!
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ShadowMewtwo Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've created a mental fanfic but it stays locked in Fort Brain. In my fanfic Star Swirl is reborn as Princess Twilight's son. ^_^
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Brimao Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
I've had similar mental fanfics about Starswirl. In fact, had this younger version of Starswirl existed in the same time period as Twilight, he'd probably be the ideal husband for her. I'd also had this odd theory that it is in fact Trixie that is the many times descendant of Starswirl the Bearded, given the similar color scheme and the similarity of their garb. After all, the Great and Magnificent Starswirl Lulamoon didn't always possess a beard and before he matured he was a bit of an arrogant showoff.
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rjpugh Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
"Aresto Momentum!"

The way Dumbledore says that in Prisoner of Azkeban sounds awesome; this EPIC image of the classical pony wizard demands a similar line.
B-)

Sidebar: as for the G4 mare named Starswirl, perhaps she's a descendent of "The Bearded?" That could explain the similar hair colors.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Well, that was the idea - she was named after her ancestor. Someone made a comic about her that inspired me to stay true to her colors for him - I can't recall who did it though, it was a long time ago.
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Simple-Talent Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
May i use this photo for a fanfic im working on?
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Dembai Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry but no - I may be writing one in the future, and would rather people not get confused.
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Simple-Talent Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
oh, it's alright. I'll find something else, Thanks anyways!
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Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Awesome pic!
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
And you remembered the bells!

And about the beard, you can just say that this is a younger Star Swirl. I mean, that episode about Granny Smith clearly shows that their manes and tails become gray with age.

Or that they either don't sell fake pink beards, or that due to some magical event/encounter of some sort his hair turned white.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is supposed to be a young Starswirl. X3
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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wiimaster97 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never have seen another picture of Star Swirl the Bearded. Even if I did, I think this one would be the best I've seen, ever, in the history of ever. I'm wondering if anyone like Mrs. Faust or Mrs. Strong saw this. .3.
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Dembai Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh I don't know if they have. That would be very cool, though!
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Wesdaaman Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Spectacular!
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Solis-Starweaver Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
very nice!!
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