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Shapeshifter by daughterofthestars Shapeshifter by daughterofthestars
... dimension walker.

Some of you may be familiar with this girl. She is one of my few long-lasting characters. I consider her my muse. I never designed her. She just started showing up when I doodled in my Bible class workbook. Sometimes she was a unicorn, sometimes a horse, and then she started showing up as other animals. I knew as soon as I drew her that she hardly ever spoke outright, but she sang and danced. A number of my favorite characters (Til'Fil, Blossom) are her offspring.

As her character grew, she gained a name: Gypsy Muse.

Some facts:
:bulletblue: Her original form is a horse, and her original world is the real world.
:bulletblue: When in her natural horse form, she's a very light buckskin.
:bulletblue: Since they are close to her original form, equines are the easiest creature to shift to. Unicorns, winged horses, etc.
:bulletblue: When she does shift into other animals, it's usually those she's familiar with: animal native to North America, where she runs free.
:bulletblue: Her body type is like that of a Quarab. Delicate dished face, slender neck, and slender legs like an Arab. Thick quarters like a quarter horse or mustang.
:bulletblue: When she visits another dimension, she must leave there after eight divisions of time. Eight minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, or years. She has to leave every dimension after eight years.
:bulletblue: Her blue eyes change intesity and shade based on her mood.
:bulletblue: No matter the form she takes, she is always black and white. In some forms, this is troublesome (cougar, deer) and in others, it looks semi-natural (magpie, fox).
:bulletblue: Her voice is soft, sweet, and rare to hear.
:bulletblue: Overall she is confident, solitary, and easy-going.
:bulletblue: She is ageless, but her children are not.

I have lived a thousand lives, given birth a thousand times.

Wolf - [link]
Horse - [link]
Fox - [link]
Deer - CANNOT FIND! D8
Cougar - No reference! 8D
Magpie - Rough reference

Photoshop CS3
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:iconleedassin:
LeeDassin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
Love everything about this <3
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BakaAndTensaiArt Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very beautiful description
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The-Teacup-Doodler Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
*coughs*
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:icondaughterofthestars:
daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, can I help you? XD
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:iconthe-teacup-doodler:
The-Teacup-Doodler Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
nutinjustidontreallyilooklikethat
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Good thing there are many different individuals and kinds of fictional shapeshifters, and that this was never intended to be a drawing of you~~~~ B-) (Cool) 
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:iconthe-teacup-doodler:
The-Teacup-Doodler Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, I was just trying to be funny ^^^
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
may I use this for a RPG on Howrse?
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:icondaughterofthestars:
daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's a hard no. One because I don't like Howrse, two because this is one of my oldest and dearest characters. 
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Garlandgal1 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok, thanks anyways:) (Smile)  
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Shadowgirl1191 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
wow

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EchoTalen Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
this is so cool
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the whole concept of Shapeshifters; I'm practically obsessed with it XD
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:iconvvinterpaws:
vvinterpaws Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats really cool
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DinosandDragons Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow she's beautiful! Love how her eyes stand out
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:iconbucky-the-doodler:
bucky-the-doodler Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
love your chose of color change! iim gana use ur deer as a referance its so good
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finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
What a wonderful character, I love her design. It's interesting how you didn't design her, she kind of came to you.

I'm designing a shapeshifter character, and this is very inspiring. Makes me want to add a certain mystical and mysterious element to her, she doesn't really have that.
It's also making me reconsider the fact that I was going to give her different, always natural colors for each form. That could be kind of difficult, and when I draw her i'd just look like an ordinary animal, there should be something that lets you know it's her...

yup, this is very inspiring!
got many ideas flowing....
I love deviations that do that, thank you! :)
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:icondaughterofthestars:
daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Professional General Artist
Haha, thank you! I love getting comments that show what I do is affecting other people in a positive way!
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finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem at all, it really did help a ton! :)
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ASHREDFORD Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011
wow it looks great
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:iconkatiyana-tika-ani:
Katiyana-Tika-Ani Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love my shapeshifting character, never get bored drawing her! :)
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VeronicaRosejones Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Student General Artist
OMG This is so cool! It kinda reminds me of myself in the way that the first thing i ever could draw were horses and then i tried out deer and then big cats and birds and finally wolves and foxes! :) I love this character very unique!
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FerrerTriple0 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too! I never drew anything but horses for years; when someone asks me if I can draw horses, I just sort of laugh and say "Can I draw horses...."
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pyromaniastables1452 Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
can i make one as long as it s different you no you sould make a breed sheet for these
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner May 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Gypsy is a unique to me. You can make a shapeshifter if you want. The idea is not my own. Just make sure it's fairly different than the character. I won't ever be making a breed out of her.
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pyromaniastables1452 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ok thanx wanted to make sure it was ok
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Acqua-Lucia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011  Student General Artist
This is really lovely and sooo inspiring! Thanks for showing this!
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wolfcub343 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
dude...........I need to make one of these up now...................
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:icondaughterofthestars:
daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010  Professional General Artist
As long as it has a different coloration, go for it!
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wolfcub343 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010   Traditional Artist
Thx :3 by the way beutiful work, I like the idea of haveing my own muse like in '9 to the 5th.
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KoriVixen Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010
Oh wow!!! I have a character named Kyle(copyright! He's mine!!) who's a shapeshifter as well! Yet, no matter what animal he becomes, he always has blond or yellow fur or skin with striking blue eyes. He is 19 with short, wild blond hair and blue eyes... I love ur character as well and u drew her so beautifully! Nice work!!
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional General Artist
Ha... thanks?

And nobody's going to steal your character, so you can chill out. Breath deeply, it's okay.

I've thought about Gypsy as a human before, but if she does shift into human she hasn't shown me or doesn't do it very often. Horse is definitely her favorite.
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2010  Student Writer
Nice work indeed!
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Al-Kruosaki Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
awesome, good job :3
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Shadowwolf Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
NICE job on that deer one! Oh man I love those long legs o:
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Fiverart Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
This is beautiful - what a gorgeous colour scheme, and those markings transfer really well to all the different species. I think you did a really good job bringing all the different elements of the piece together, and I love the wary look of the horse :aww:
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iWaterbender Featured By Owner May 16, 2009
That is cool, and great job blending them all together like that :) I think I like the deer shape the best for some reason, and she looks really clever too. ;)
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She's very beautiful, I love her colors. She looks so innocent, it's easy to imagine that she doen't speak much :) I love how her colors aren't too bright but fairly normal, even in her other forms. Even though white and black aren't natural for a deer, cougar etc. they seem to look natural here ^.^
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Kinky-Slingy Featured By Owner May 14, 2009   Digital Artist
THE DEER IS MY FAVE :D
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MaiLadyFire Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
This is beautiful hun! I love how you draw her and the fact that she can transform into different animals! She's really cool hun! Great work!
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Maxrunn Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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BriBandit Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student General Artist
I've always loved the idea of shapeshifters but never thought of making a character one. She's awesome. :+favlove:
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ArweynXSilver Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
This is marvellous :O
:wow:
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doomrat Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Beautiful! Simply beautiful. Really love the markings and how she looks more silver than white. Reminds me of my character Strike, except prettier :P
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AlameaLio Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Cool concept!
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mithrimskulblaka Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
8 divisions of time, COOL!
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summerxstars Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Student Photographer
I like the ivory creamy color and the black mane and muzzle in contrast to her blue eyes. :D
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labradorpup2001 Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow these are really good. i love the colours. i recon this would make a good contest. i did a form piece like this years ago. but it doesn't compare to this. this is brilliant! i love the deer form the most ^_^
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FinaLo Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Oh wow,that's so amazing.I love the design,you're so good at drawing different kinds of animals.Fantastic job,can't wait to see more of your awesome new character!
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daughterofthestars Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
XD She's not new. I've drawn her before and bred her in the HARPG. But thanks!
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