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It is my understanding from having played various online games and offline RPGs that the "Nightmare" is a magical fantasy creature, not of this world, that appears mostly equine in form, except for the fiery bits on the feet/tail/mane, and its ability to use magic/cast spells. It is also thought to be much stronger than a regular horse. This is really just my take on the subject, for I have never met a Nightmare face to face, and if I did, I would most certainly try to "tame" it. *chuckle* =P

P6/Milhorse/mist brushes `spiritsighs & digital painting w/my beloved wacom.

This is not some "horse brush" this was a render I did in Poser 6 and painted over, just as the credits say above

Thanks for looking.

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ladyarah Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just wanted to let you know that I put this in an art feature in my group :iconrealmsoffantasy-myth: , in the article "Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 45 - Nightmares" You can find it here: [link]
BelovedImmortal Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
As always brillant. Wish I could wrap my head all these programs families buy me. I can put still pphoto to a song. That's it. ::LOL:: Send some of your talent my way. Once again brillant and beautiful.
CaptainEquine Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
This looks like my felmount from WoW. You know, before I got it upgraded to a felsteed. Now I would really like to see that!
xQueenBoo3x Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
Daedor Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
It lies in the name, really. It's a mare that comes at night, and traditionally your bad dreams were apparently caused because this creature kidnapped you in your sleep and rode around with you on its back.

... Or something. Crazy stuff.

I really like how you portray it though. Top notch!
BiroTheLarx Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
so... awesome..... :onfire:
LauraLacework Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
you should probably credit the maker of the base horse image. >.> i've seen the brushes where this horse comes from. So you need to credit them.
cosmosue Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Also, perhaps the person who made the brushes, has the horse, and the pose, and therefor created the brushes themselves much the same way I created this work.

And if the brushes are identical to this image with the painted mane and tail then perhaps they have stolen from me.

Do you have the link to these brushes, because I would love to see if that is the case.
LauraLacework Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
they dont have the painted mane. but i asked the person who made brushes and they said that it wasnt theirs. i'm sorry. it just looked like theirs. >.< i'm sorry. it was just the look of the 3d model that made me think that it was someone elses. It's amazing though. =D
cosmosue Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Really? You should read what I did credit, because this wasn't a brush! P6 is a program called Poser 6, and is used to render 3d images, the horse used is the "milhorse" which is also known as the millennium horse from DAZ3d which I own, its a 3d model. You can find it here [link] and it comes with various poses for which to apply to the horse, plus you can buy additional poses to make using the horse easier, and this is one of those poses.

So before you accuse me of not crediting a source, please be sure you know what you are talking about as I do not take to this type of accusation very lightly, I have worked hard to get where I am.

Also before going about accusing random people on their deviations to which you know nothing about, be sure to send them a note in private if you have a problem with something because you MIGHT just be WRONG as you are in this case.

I don't even own horse brushes, I don't need them, as I can render out things like this MYSELF in 3D and do as much painting as I like, or I can simply paint it myself.

Thanks though.
cabbit23 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Cynderthedragon5768 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful :heart: It remind's me of mine on free realm's. Except mine has fire coming out of it's eye's, no pupole and a saddle. And he dont cast's spell's or anything.
SiHu96 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2011
cool pic !
please visit my gallery [link]
ryu-ren Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I really like your nightmare.

Would you mind giving me your opinion on mine? [link]
HugoLuman Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2010
Man does this bring back memories :D

Have you ever heard of the Wizardry series? It's one of the oldest RPG series around. The final one, wizardry 8, had unicorns in it, but they were pure evil. The 3 kinds were Diremare, Frightmare and Nightmare, and they were the terror of adventurers, with their magic and horns. But the worst part is that when Nightmares reared up, it would scare your characters so bad that they turned against each other.

Well, for returning memories of my scary childhood gaming experience, I just have to say I love this picture for more than just the terrified nostalgia. Good job :D
axlbullet Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009
nice, its very awesome
ToonTwins Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice :D
rempage Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I like your interpretation of a Nightmare. :3 I used to play Dungeons and Dragons and one of my char's is a half-Nightmare.
JazylH Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I remember Nightmare from Ragnarok. Amazing rendition. :)
jade-whisper Featured By Owner May 6, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Love it!
liquor-tmx42 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Tame it... 'hehe'

*offers the Nightmare an apple, along with the promise of a grade 'A' stable*
Fieldmarshal07 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2008
Great nightmare! Like in Heroes IV. Wonderful job!
Capularis Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2008  Professional
This one brings back fond memories of the "Nightmare" horse from The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion. I <3 Shadowmere.
Dk-Raven Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She looks similar to nightmare from Heroes IV :)
I love ths picture so much!
You've done amazing job!
ice-chamber-creator Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
Beautiful and scary all at once...the nightmare is a great legend. ^^
vampyre-hime Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2008
It's beautiful, i love it ^^
scarletwanda Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2008
Beautifuly done, it reminds me of the Piers Anthony Xanth books. In his science-fiction/fantasy series, nightmares were mares that could not be held by conventional means that actually delivered nightmares to those that deserved them.
Bladirse Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008
Great Color's
the Detail's are very good.
Good job[link]
christelaln Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do you use any computer programs?
cosmosue Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
All I use is a computer. I usually put how I did it in the description. This is 3d and drawing...and some photos.
christelaln Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
madhatterrevenge Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2007
Your art is incredibly impressive. I'm a painter myself, but don't bother to look at my gallery; I don't post anything here anymore whatsoever. -plagarism runs rampant-

My wife is terrified of horses and has nightmares of them frequently. I know she'd be thrilled to see this. ;)

Anyway, to end a rather pointless comment, I greatly enjoy your work and hope you continue to produce beautiful works such as these.
SayuriKurata09 Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2007  Student Filmographer
Impressive artwork, really. If you make the scenery a bit more dark and foggy it'd be really good.

Just a suggestion. =]
InfiniteSum Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2007
wow, incredible, i have come across a nightmare in a heroes of might and magic game once
KageTen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2007
Was browsing when i suddenly saw this awesome piece of work, that goes for most of your gallery by the way !
ruffrider6001 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007  Professional Interface Designer
MitsukiSuzahari Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2007   Interface Designer
You should do a pegasus now or a real horse. LOL :+fav:
AmayasFantasy Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2007
There are many games, Kings Quest 5 comes to mind first where Night MARE was a black horse that could take you to the land of the dead... I have also seen them as horse with manes, feet and tails of fire. I believe it really comes from the olden days when a horse would look "hag-ridden" and die in the middle of the night.. according to our farmers lore, it is when a horse is found in the morning covered in sweat and dead from what looks like it was ridden hard all night long.... actually it was from drinking too cold of water on too hot of a night... however.. enough of my rambling.. hehe.. this picture is awesomely beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
Greenwizards Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2007
Intersting subject..most stick to the uni's..I like it a whole bunch
ayas-shadow Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2007
Another amazing image. I love your take on the nightmare! The firey bits looking more like hair/fur than fire is rather nice, while still giving a complete FEEL of flames. ^-^
Anuksut Featured By Owner May 24, 2007  Hobbyist Writer
It's cool, but they eyes are a little scary. 0_0
Silentgaurdian Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2007
Ah the creature is so under appriciated. He is said to be the one who actually creates nightmares, hence where the word came from for our bad dreams. I've roleplayed one, since they can take on human form last time I checked, I like how the flames look well.. odd really. not like fire we know it as but i think it shows that the creature really is from another world
sopoforic Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2007
It's very nice. I looked at it while listening to "Hymn to the Night-Mare" by Leslie Fish, in order to set the mood properly, and found that I enjoyed the picture more than the song.

There is one issue, though: does a horse actually raise its front leg that far? I can't find any pictures just now that show it, and I haven't got a video that suits, so I can't really tell. It looks like the angle is a little extreme, but I'm not sure.

That one thing aside, though, it's excellent.
trappedandbroken Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the eyes, and the way the black and red contrast against the background, and the way he seems to be a part of the mists and yet be so solid.
Charsier Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahh, that's exactly how I imagined a nightmare, except with more firey eyes.

Nice. :3
peki-vremen Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2006
Oh wow, thanks for the dedication :D I like the realism in the drawing, the background and the horse. The only comment I have is that her hair is a little thin, but I am of the 80's hair bands :pacman:
Ryonyanko Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2006
:3 beautiful
Houndy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2006
Wow... really nice... wanna this one home ^^
OSirois Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2006
Maybe it's the horse from Johann Heinrich Füssli's "Nightmare"... But, yours is even better-looking!

What I like the most is the texture around his nozzle, neck and body; nice detail overall.

Excellent painting!
Sunshiny-Disposition Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2006  Professional General Artist
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