This illustration was inspired by an article by The New York Times which speaks about the oldest DNA every recovered. This DNA is one of an ancient horse which lived 700,000 years ago. To accompany this subject; I chose to allude to the oldest piece of art; the cave paintings of Lascaux. One of the more infamous ones is one of a horse. I chose to bring that horse to life, and recreate it in a three dimensional space.
The horse is looking at the drawing of itself, so I took distinct features from the original painting and mimicked them; allowing the viewer to make the connection between the two horses; and see that they are one in the same. Then using digital painting, I took the warm brown from the original painting and used it as the undertone . The horse itself is naturally the same color; and I also gave the horse a similar texture of the cave wall. This further adds to the magic of the horse coming to life, and escaping from that hard stone wall in which it was first painted.