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This was a free commission for ~JarynFrostwing of his new character Miru. To paraphrase her backstory:
Miru is a ranger, a seeker of rare magics. And by her luck, she had camped just outside the city when the most infamous spell in history was cast: The archmages had devised an experimental spell that was to turn a mere three of them into lion-taurs kardyr for a few days, so that they could study the magical properties of such creatures but they misjudged the potency of their spell. An entire city's worth of people and those in the surrounding countryside became kardyr, and to their chagrin, the spell would last for the next two hundred years the rest of their natural lives. Miru, then, was one of the first, but she was far from the last, for her children and her children's children would spread across the land, a strong new species that began in a single moment.

I really liked Miru. I've liked ~JarynFrostwing's other character, Karanori, too, but I like Miru better: "An ordinary human girl becomes one of the first of her new species" is one of my favorite storylines, and Miru has that in spades. ~JarynFrostwing didn't so much ask for a commission of her as have it foisted upon him after he described her backstory to me :)

Anyway, this picture is almost entirely vector art done in CorelDRAW and a mouse, 25 or 30 hours, with some special effects added afterward in Corel Photo-Paint. I'd attempted to paint the entire picture in Photo-Paint, but I simply suck at painting, so I fell back on my usual abuse of PowerClip and vector blends to shade her. It's been a long time since I finished a picture properly, and it feels good to post one every once in a while.

So say hello to Miru. And I don't know about you, but personally, I think she looks better like this ;)
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human72 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
nice one and clever. so what happened after the spell wore off then?
phantom-inker Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It didn't.  Well...  sort of.  The spell was supposed to last only a few hours, and accidentally was cast to last a thousand years, a bit longer than any of the folks in that city would live, so it's effectively permanent.
human72 Featured By Owner May 26, 2014
I see so it will last that long. :O that will last for many generations though I fear that there will be heavy species fighting against the kardyr. but thanks for the info.
Catprog Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
nice looking feline.
A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Nicely done, Phantom. The circles or words in the background are a nice touch that just screams spell.
Anthroaddict Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
I just love leotaurs. . . there aren't very many decent drawings of them though sadly. I'm glad to see you did one :D
jwb083 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
yup these felinr taured Kardyrs are a nice play on the classic centaur.
10110100 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Daww, cute. :D
Lee-Sherman Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012
Nice body language on the human part.
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