Tuesday, April 24, 2012
U is for Unicorn
This one may be expected, but unicorns are fun to draw. So I drew one. They actually didn't start out as mythical creatures--the Greeks thought unicorns were a real animal from India (probably the rhino), and classified them under "Natural History." Which is pretty awesome. When Christians learned about the mythological animal with a horn that could cure all poisons, they decided to make it a symbol for the Passion of Christ that could only be tamed by the Virgin Mary. Then unicorns were cool for Christians to draw, and they got attached to virgins. With the rise of humanism, they were also used to symbolize faithful and chaste love. More recently they've been featured in awesome books (Harry Potter, The Last Unicorn), and in awesome TV shows (My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic stars a purple unicorn named Twilight Sparkle). Yay for horses with magical horns!