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!

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  1. Love the picture! My kids keep telling me narwhals are real (unicorn fish) - I'm not sure I believe it.

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    1. Narwhals are real, but they seem really odd! I like their accent in Finding Nemo when they're fencing, though. :)

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  2. Hello, Brenda! That's a great drawing. Unicorns are one of the best mythical creatures!

    Have a lovely week and happy A to Z!!

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    1. Thanks, and happy A to Z for you, too!

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  3. Hey Brenda! I've seen you around on AW, and wanted to stop by to say hello! :)

    I love your blog! I'm a new follower!!! :D

    Stop by my blog sometime! :)
    http://jbkantt.blogspot.com/

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    1. I love AW! I shall check out your blog--and you'll have to tell me your username! :)

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  4. Unicorns and rhinos...that moment when I facepalm my forehead! Yes, it makes perfect sense...

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    1. Well, the horns ARE in different places. I didn't realize it for a long time, either!

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    1. I was tempted to draw one. I want to see one, too!

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