Illustration on a unicorn walking through swamp waters. Art by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2016, see more at

Personal Work: Trail of the Unicorn

Last year I did a small series of unicorn studies with the thought of producing a unicorn calendar. I’m still toying around with the idea and here is the third painting I have produced for it thus far.

Some of my inspiration for this piece is the Neverending Story where Artax sinks into the Swamps of Sorrow, obviously this isn’t a take on that scene as this unicorn is happily wading through the water.

He has something to show you in the otherworld, just follow his trail.

Here is last year’s sketch that turned into the painting above:

Pencil drawing of a unicorn by Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2015.
Unicorn © Kiri Østergaard Leonard, 2015
Kiri Østergaard Leonard

Kiri Østergaard Leonard is an award winning illustrator and artist from Denmark, currently living in Austin, Texas. She enjoys working on projects within the fantasy and children's illustration genre.


  • Andrea Pelizzardi

    18.05.2016 at 06:18 Reply

    This is a masterpiece. The lighting is so soft but perfect, the narration makes me feel the hardship this poor unicorn is experiencing. But at the same time there’s something that tells me there will be good times past this trial.
    One of my favourite, thank you!

  • Alexandra Rena

    09.05.2016 at 12:28 Reply

    This is such a gorgeous painting. It really draws me in and makes me want to dive into this environment to explore further and see more.

    • Kiri

      12.05.2016 at 10:12 Reply

      Yay! Thank you Alexandra, I’m really happy to hear that. I was aiming to cause that feeling in the environment!

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