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.
Took about 8 hours of working + diddling around. XD
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic AND Star Swirl the Bearded are (c) Hasbro.
"...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.
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.
The way Dumbledore says that in Prisoner of Azkeban sounds awesome; this EPIC image of the classical pony wizard demands a similar line.
Sidebar: as for the G4 mare named Starswirl, perhaps she's a descendent of "The Bearded?" That could explain the similar hair colors.
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.