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The First Last Unicorn by puimun The First Last Unicorn by puimun
Cover illustration for Peter S. Beagle's upcoming collection THE FIRST LAST UNICORN AND OTHER BEGINNINGS, which will be coming out from Tachyon Publications sometime in late 2004/early 2005. To find out more about the book and its scheduled release date, go to [link]

No, it's not a reprinting of the last unicorn, but instead contains previously unpublished chapters (from The Last Unicorn, as well as other books) and stories by Peter.

And regarding the appearance of the unicorn --
To those of you familiar with TLU, you already know how she is described in the book (or have seen the movie), but to the people who don't know, she's supposed to look less like "a white horse with a horn," than an altogether different type of creature. Thus, the deerlike head, the sinuous elongated neck, the lions tail, the thin legs and cloven hooves are all on purpose.

Prints (and the original painting): [link]
Details: [link]
The Sketch: [link]
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Bethany26 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015
Andracus Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
I absolutely love how it looks more like a deer than like a horse. m
Makes the creature way more mysterious and magical. The ornaments are superb. Beautiful work!!
Almalphia Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
Not sure if you are aware of it but someone on Ebay is selling this picture on phone covers. Here is a link for one of them, I think if you go to the page you can see the person and check the other covers too. I hate to see people steal art. 

I hope this was helpful! I just adore your work and hope to own some one day but only through you, not from a thief!

Wendy Toney _ Almalphia
KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
LadyAmalthia1996 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014, that's where this photo originates, that lady has all kinda of beautiful artwork, just so you know lol
puimun Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I'm the owner and artist of Shadowscapes. :)
LadyAmalthia1996 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Well then this means I get to personally tell you I LOVE your artwork lol
puimun Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
thank you. :) And I do appreciate you looking out for me. It's from watchful viewers like you that I find most of the non-sanctioned usages and thieveries of my art.  So I do appreciate it!
LadyAmalthia1996 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
 No problem, glad I could make you feel loved, cuz I really do love your artwork... especially the ones with the mystical creatures, especially the Unicorns since I collect them.. so thank you for sharing them with the world
solarcat20 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
spiritImmortalLisa Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013
FenrisxWolf Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013
The detail and precision in the background is incredible, and the glow around the unicorn is done so wonderfully ^^
WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
I have your book on painting with watercolors and your work and tecniques are exceptional!
puimun Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! I'm glad you're finding the book useful!
WhiskyOmega Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Professional General Artist
I am, it's one of my favs and I take great care in keeping it. Sometimes I look at it just for the artwork; I've always enjoyed the kind of organic/nature/mythic work that you seem to be exceptional at creating and it's a good feeling I get when viewing it. :)
Kurnaukatti Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Beauriful. ^_^
laycass Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
fantastic work! i love it <3
PandoraLewis Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Just gorgeous!
vegavon Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you nailed it! Awesome!
RoseTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love it<3
DaphneLage Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012   Traditional Artist
Always loved this piece. :D
Fenra81 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
awe inspiring.
kohaku-dono Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012
Your work is always gorgeous!
piplupwarrior Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Christa-Kinde Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011   Writer
Incredibly lovely. Well depicted!
KimberlyJTphotoart Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Love it!
ExarKunTheLord Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Waa! I love TLU, when I was a child I watched the movie and my mother read me the book. Now I cried when I read the last part of this story, and since child my conception of unicorns is that of the book. Thanks.
SAWeston Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Featured here: [link]
Madame0Hearts Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this interpitation.Most people describe unicorns to look like this in the early days. how ever Horses never grew horns and uncorns were mistaken for deers with one horns-hence the unicorn legends and stories,which iIstill love today.Thnks for the amazing picture,love!
weeredfrog Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
you might like this
It's from the scene where Mommy Fortuna casts the fake horn upon the unicorn's head.
hope you enjoy it
Juturna7 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
Absolutely perfect.
m-u-ll-e Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's really beautiful. I like the background and the soft colours. The Last Unicorn is one of my favourites.
aquafox12 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
I like the deerlike characteristics--it makes the unicorn look unique
Nuuhku87 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2010
I was just wondering have you given permission to this site use you art?
Sorry if I am bothering you for nothing ^^;
allison712 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You've been featured! :iconcocoloveplz: [link]
yoanna10 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
love it
carnival Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
the cracky, marbled wall back there~~ so many nice small details~ \|'3
Rawliett Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
thats epic :D
Sauroctonus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2009
great picture :D
Flynn-the-cat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
anwen18 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2008
Wrennars Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2008  Student Filmographer
Wow this is gorgeous! I love the varying purple hues and how the Unicorn looks as if it's glowing! Wonderful work; I think it really fits the book well. :heart:

I read that some places(don't remember which ones) believe the Unicorn resembles a horned deer. Either way, it's still a Unicorn.

Again, awesome work!
AlanonSilverblood Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2008
Omygoodness, are you Stephanie Pui-Mun Law? I absolutely love your art, especially this... I ve seen alot of your fairie art, and I love it, it is so good!! I especially love the piece ' Fox Spirits' that was in the 'How to draw and paint Fairies" book... it was really beautifyul. And I love how you used the white of the paper instead of white paint, it added a really great effect... awesome job on this piece!!!
puimun Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
AlanonSilverblood Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2008
You are veeeerrry welcome!!!
LA-Fairy Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work! The colors are just enchanting.
KemikLy Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
That's so pretty! Nice work. ^^
A-kija Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Student Digital Artist
Oh dear, thats beautiful. Nothing else to say here =)
FrailMemory Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008
I got this unicorn tattooed on my arm about a year and a half ago. Thank you so much for making such a beautiful piece of art. I love it. <3
puimun Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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