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The angel of the Lord came upon them... by Toledo-the-Horse
The angel of the Lord came upon them...
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

- Luke 2:8-11

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A little sketch I did last Christmas, thinking about what could cause shepherds to be "sore afraid."
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Sapaki (Trade with Keedot) by Toledo-the-Horse
Sapaki (Trade with Keedot)
Huh! I didn't realize I hadn't uploaded this. Three years ago, I got the awesome chance to do a trade with the great Keedot. She wanted a picture of her sorceror (?) llama, and I still really like what I came up with!

While I was in South America, I heard of folklore that described magic performed through knotwork. Here you have Sapaki the llama tying a knot against a halo based on the Incan quipu, a cord on which knotted strings were placed in order to communicate messages across long distances--basically, writing by strings!
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Stunt Double (BoJack Horseman) by Toledo-the-Horse
Stunt Double (BoJack Horseman)

So, we’re heading out to Santa Anita Park to start shooting some scenes forSecretariat when they call me over to meet this guy. “This is Fighting Furrari,” they say, “He’s your stunt double.”

"Stunt double?!" I say. "Check out that dorky smile. He looks nothing like me. Besides, what sort of name is ‘Fighting Furrari’? I bet he hasn’t even been in any movies. … What? He was Seabiscuit? Who’s that? …. Oh. Well, that was 2003. Has he done anything since then? Ha! I didn’t think so! Neigh way I’m letting some no-talent hack play me playing Secretariat!”

…And then he bit me!

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Fun fact: that actually is Fighting Furrari, who actually was the principal Seabiscuit in the 2003 movie, and who actually resides at santaanitapark! You can visit him during the Seabiscuit Tour, offered most Saturday and Sunday mornings; that’s where I snapped the pictures of Fighting Furrari and the Park. (BoJack, on the other hand, is only a selfie subjected to heavy photoshopping; no horse photos used for him!)

Why all the Seabiscuit stuff at Santa Anita? Back in the 1930s, the Santa Anita Handicap had one of the largest purses in all of horse racing: $100,000. And it repeatedly thwarted Seabiscuit’s attempts to win. In 1937, he lost by a nose; in 1938, the same thing happened. Worst of all, shortly before the 1939 race, Seabiscuit sustained what many thought would be a career-ending injury. Nevertheless, by the next year Seabiscuit, although already older than the majority of the horses in the running and carrying the maximum weight, finally achieved victory and surpassed the previous winnings record. A statue of Seabiscuit now graces the racetrack’s Paddock Gardens.

On a more personal note, going to Santa Anita to run in the Derby Day 5K last year (wearing a design based on Seabiscuit’s livery [I’m a dork]) was a one-man pilgrimage. Before I read Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit: An American Legend, I had had no interest in horses. But as I read I, like those who listened rapt to the radio broadcasts of the Biscuit’s races, found in the short, knobbly-kneed, awkwardly-gaited racehorse a ray of hope amid my depression. Perhaps I could overcome the faults I saw in myself; perhaps I could succeed, thrive, and hopefully inspire others; perhaps I was a good person. I even subconsciously decided to represent myself as a anthropomorphized horse in my art.

I didn’t expect to like BoJack Horseman at all; I don’t even go for rock and roll, let alone sex and drugs. I watched a couple episodes because hey—when else do you see a bipedal talking horse onscreen? One major reason I continued, however, was the wholly unexpected kinship I felt with BoJack because of his uncannily familiar relationship with Secretariat. It’s probably obvious that the season finale was a tearjerker for me. What do you I when I get sad? I keep running.

So here’s to more Hollywoo adventures. #ComeBackBoJack!

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:iconsculptor101:
sculptor101 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the watch!!
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jmillart Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So you went through with the name change here too!
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:icontoledo-the-horse:
Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I did! The subscription I had runs out tomorrow, so I had to take advantage of it while I could.
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:iconjmillart:
jmillart Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. Last minute adjustments XD
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zafuyu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Toothless 
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JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What the heck.  Happy birthday here also.
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:iconjmillart:
jmillart Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How's life?
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:iconwannabemustangjockey:
Sorry I missed you at FC!
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:icontoledo-the-horse:
Toledo-the-Horse Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ah well! I hope there'll be a next time :)
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JoeyLiverwurst Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Merry Christmas Eve, whoever you are.  ;)
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