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Star Swirl the Bearded by Dembai Star Swirl the Bearded by Dembai

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!


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!


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


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
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.…

(Only that the G4 Star Swirl is not a unicorn. But neither is G1, G2 or G3 Star Swirl.)
Dembai Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Totally intentional. Not a lot of people have caught that.
hrostami Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Epic work! :clap:
Dembai Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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).
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)
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014
(Just like Starswirl said - misuse of magic could unleash such unimaginable horrors. Nicely done!)
Dembai Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I like this. X3
BrutalityInc Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
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