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39: Prompt 1: Ignorance is bliss if followed by Maeix2 39: Prompt 1: Ignorance is bliss if followed by Maeix2
The pair thundered through the forest, weaving in and out between the trees at a breakneck pace. The rider bent low over the horse´s neck; there were far too may low branches here, and with no leaves they were even harder to spot in the gloom and darkness than usual. She´d already been de-seated once and had no wish to repeat the experience. Least of all right now.

For at the moment the forest around them was neither gloomy nor dark.

She did kind of wish for the familiar feeling of a weapon in hand. But that was one of the first things she´s 'lost' after entering the forest. The scythe had been caught on something and ripped out of her hand at an earlier run.
Maybe that was just as well - it wasn´t really the right kind of environment for it, not really. It might not help much, not here. Whatever it was that was out there was either insubstantial or very good at hiding. The certainly were good at mind-games. But useful or not, she still missed it.

Hollow´s ears were pinned to his skull. His hooves struck the moist ground. The floor of the forest didn´t seem to be able to make up its mind; if it wanted to be spongy moss, packed earth or half-decomposed leaves, and occasionally tried for all three at once. The stallion had already skidded around several turns, trying to outrun whatever was behind them.

Erupting into the glade, the way ahead obscured by the mist that enveloped almost everything, the two of them didn´t even bother slowing down.

Behind them, drifting on the non-existing wind, a pale, eerie laughter, high pitched and cold, followed as the light danced in and out of focus among the trees, bathing the woods in a flickering red obscurity.



Stable: Darklight Stables
Horse: Hollow's Fall [link] Kelpie/Nightmare crossbreed
Rider: Mae [link] DIS Owner
Starting Nb: 562
Current status: Running from something eerie

Role Play info:

Current status: Alone / Running from something eerie
Team: Currently none
Allies: Currently none

Inventory: Saddlebags are holding some quite useful things that you'd expect from a pair that has to travel to events on foot, as long as they pack tightly and don't weigh too much.

Clothes: Hardwearing and enduring. Because of recent events at DIS Mae has returned to hiding underneath her cloak. No change available.

Advantages of Horse: Doesn't need to eat or drink. Looks scary and intimidating. Loyal and, relatively, easy to handle.
Disadvantages of Horse: More a mouse than a lion when it comes to courage, unless backed into a corner. Doesn't like strangers at all.

Advantages of Rider: Cool and collected. Always prepared for the worst. Prefers analyzing things from a distance if possible.
Disadvantages of Rider: Does 'not' like getting surprised. Standoffish. Can appear emotionless and cold. Doesn't talk much.

Horse's Physical Health: No issues
Rider's Physical Health: No issues
Horse's Mental Health: Wary of their surroundings
Rider's Mental Health: Mostly annoyed. Slowly getting worried. Worry translated into anger.

Mandatory Prompt 1: Ignorance is bliss - 3 we´re being followed
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Reference :iconjello88:

Well, that´s what I was trying to do you can see I got the whole angle a little...err...odd from the start, so decided to play around a bit more :w00t:
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TwilightBlade Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
One of my all time favorite pieces of these two.  Instant :+fav:
Maeix2 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They do make a wonderful team run run.
TwilightBlade Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
:giggle:  YEsssss
Orstrix Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
OOOO what a creepy-good image :3 Reminds me of sleepy hollow a bit! The story that goes with this really adds to the image too. The colours, style and just everything in this work really well together to give a very eerie and spooky feeling. The only critique point here i think is that the rider looks a little detached from the horse. Theres nothing really to indicate that she is actually riding the horse. I think if we could see some hand or a head or something it might help just connect the two. Other than that great work :)
Maeix2 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Sleepy Hollow is a good creepy vibe for this, thanks :aww:

Good point there...I was kind of going for the 'can't really tell what it is' kind of impression, but it looks like it works better in movies than it does in paintings (or mine at least ^^; ) Some of the trouble might stem from that the entire figure is black. I'm sure there's some way of making parts stand out, I'll have to keep working on it :thumbsup:
Orstrix Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ah make sense! keep up the good work!
Maeix2 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:aww: You as well
Abyssi-Somnis Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
Oohh this is a bit different than what I'm used to seeing, which is nice! I really like the background, as it adds to the anger/worrisome feel. You're anatomy is very well done, not much I can find to fix there except for the far back leg. It seems a bit constricted and shorter than the other one. The edges of the horse and the rider seem a bit messy, but I'm not sure if that was your intent or not. I really like the story, it's very well written! :) Altogether wonderful piece.
Maeix2 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad you like it, I was hoping it'd come across as that :aww:

Edges again...they just don't seem to agree with me. I wonder if there is some sort of 'magic' way of being able to draw them, well...non jagged and non messy? Maybe it's just practice... some of it is intentional and some of it is definitely not. I'll need to work on that.
Abyssi-Somnis Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2013
Yeah, it's mostly practice. :P
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