I've been working on a comic pitch story that involves unicorns. It's been in the oven for almost five years, and I'm really itching to finish it and send it off to wherever it may land.
Originally my unicorn designs were the generic white horse. The pitch was quite a bit different then- barely a pitch, in fact: more a powerful series of images in my mind. Those images- of a warrior girl and her unicorn- would not leave my mind. They were occasionally pushed to the side by other ideas, but they lingered and clamored for attention.
Anyway, to the matter at hand: I stumbled across Yoshimasa Tsuchiya's scultpures on Twitter one day, and it absolutely changed the trajectory of the story and image in my mind, and I'm currently digesting him as a major reference. Google him, you'll be amazed. His creature scultures have an ethereal grace that I wish I could capture. So appropriate for unicorns- or as he more commonly makes, the kirin/ kilin ( the Eastern unicorn).
So, here are one of my unicorns as he stands right now. When I finish the pitch, I'll tell you more about the design changes and how they influenced the story.