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Surprise by phantom-inker Surprise by phantom-inker
Emily had been a track star in high school, and that had earned her a very nice free ride to college. But when she arrived, she found the competition was fierce, and she knew she couldn't compete without help. So walking through town one day, she found a small occult bookstore, and in it, she found a book of magic spells. The proprietor told her they were real, and sold her the book for a dollar, but when she got home, she was sure she'd been conned. Still, there was only one way to find out, so she hunted through the book for a spell to make her faster, read the magic words — and to her great surprise, she was definitely faster. And probably disqualified too.

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Well, here's the finished version. I've been working on this off-and-on since I did the lineart, and I've finally finished it after goodness-only-knows how many hours. Maybe 40 or 50.

Nearly all of this was done in CorelDRAW 11, but as a test, I downloaded an evaluation copy today of CorelDRAW X4 to finish it, and that's what I used for the special effects. Everything here was done with vector art and a mouse, but I used Corel Photo-Paint for a little post-processing work near the end (pretty much anything that glows in this started out as vector art that was run through one or more Photo-Paint filters). I'm not sure if I'm sold on X4; on the one hand, this would've been very difficult to do the same way without it, but on the other hand, it's still missing some features I really was hoping to see after all these years (why is there still no per-color alpha?), and it crashed a lot while I was working on this (I think ten crashes in two hours counts as a lot, don't you?). As usual with CorelDRAW, the crashes were related to the clipboard; you'd think that in the era of Test-Driven Development they'd have a reliable clipboard by now, but apparently not.

Ah, well. She's finished, she's pretty, and she's for sale in high resolution in my Prints Shop!

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Edit: Fixed the missing eyebrow that was apparently destroyed during one of CorelDraw X4's crashes :(
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RTReee Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013
Very Cute
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Fazzumen Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
I would love to see you tell the story of one of these Centaur Transformation pics you do.
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Atalis14 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
so cute ^^
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DolphinSilverwolf Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
The bad news is, you'll lose the track scholarship. The good news is, you'll be a shoe-in for the equestrian scholarship.
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Centaur71 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2011
You're gonna like being a Centauress; I guarantee it
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passthegrits Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
Ha! That's hilarious! Next time she'll have to be sure to read the fine print...
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Scoobyfan1 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Good job, you should try doing Daphne, Velma, Fred and Shaggy from Scooby Doo as centaurs; or any one of the four as centaurs.
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black-cat16 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
I don't like manga style, but this drawing is fantastic and very cunning, I can't stop looking at this :)
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Brambles-de-la-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
*dies* Man...I love the little stories along with the pictures. They're just PERFECT. :D
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girlbehindyou Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010
the more I look it the more I like it, and I already love it hehehe
And the story is so lovely, she only wanted be faster! hehe and well, she is faster right hahahaha :P

Excelent work!! I love all your gallery ;)
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