Unicorn Pegasus Rainbow Pin Project

A recent flying horse appeared in a sketch with a rainbow.

Rainbow Bright and My Little Pony are inspiration for this pin. The first rainbow horse appeared in my drawings about 2015. Recently, a trip to Scotland and watching the movie, The Last Unicorn sparked an interest in creating this flying unicorn pegasus pin. I’ll have 50 of these little guys soon (see final drawing at end of post). Drawing the image was a three day process.

Pegasus is a mythical winged divine horse, and one of the most recognized creatures in Greek mythology. Usually depicted as pure white, Pegasus is the offspring of the Olympian god Poseidon. He was foaled by the Gorgon Medusa upon her death, when the hero Perseus decapitated her. 

Unicorns are not found in Greek mythology, but rather in the accounts of natural history, for Greek writers of natural history were convinced of the reality of unicorns, which they believed lived in India, a distant and fabulous realm for them.

Trying a My Little Pony design as inspiration.
Adjusting the wings and rainbow shape.

In the Middle Ages and Renaissance, it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could be captured only by a virgin. In the encyclopedias, its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.

The final pin design, Unicorn Pegasus.

In heraldry the unicorn is best known as a symbol of Scotland: the unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion – a symbol that the English royals adopted around a hundred years before and was also chosen because it was seen as a proud and haughty beast which would rather die than be captured, just as Scots would fight to remain sovereign and unconquered.