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Rarity by Daedric-Pony Rarity by Daedric-Pony
This is my latest attempt at a full illustration.

Any critique is greatly appreciated. I prefer it to be blunt and to the point. I'm really hoping to improve past this.
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First thing that caught my eye on this was the amazing level of detail in the hair on her mane and tail. I really love the fact that each strand of hair is so shiny and visibly vibrant. Also very nice is the incorporation of realistic soft coloring that makes her look believably 3D while still retaining proportions true to the original art style.

As for the background, I really like the frost-covered trees and snow covered ground with her hoofprints trailing her that makes it look like she's enjoying a trot through a winter wonderland. I also really like the night sky and especially the ambient Aurora Borealis-like montage of colors in the lower atmosphere. Rarity's nearly-white coat was a little hard to make out against the pure white snow, but that can't be considered a fault considering the context of what's going on in this image.

If I could offer a critique, the clouds in the background are very nicely drawn and consistently colored and lighted, but appear a little too perfectly round and widely curved. The coloring method used for the eyes, while very true to the original source material, seems a little cartoonish compared to the breathtaking realism of the rest of the picture. Perhaps a softer and more realistic technique could be applied to the irises to make them better blend into this pic.

Overall an amazing piece of work and I hope to see more like this :3
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I think you did surprisingly well with coming up with your own form on the face. However, I still think that we can only go so far with show-accurate proportions.

I feel that we can go farther with the shadowing here. Only in a few areas so I see the shading to be dark enough to be read as a shadow. While I notice that RL lighting doesn't produce dramatic shadows often, I notice that it's usually because RL lighting gets super complicated with a zillion light sources and a zillion objects around that can really scatter colored light everywhere. I see that this setting is much simpler. I would say there are two major light sources here: the sun (presumably), and the white snow to reflect sunlight from. I think we can get plenty of clear distinct shadows here, maybe.

Also be careful about the hair. The texturing is there, but if you stop and think about every strand of hair, where they start, where they end, and how they all create the forms as a whole, it doesn't make that much sense. Be wary of areas that makes the hair look flatter than needed, especially areas which two hair shapes border.

Be careful where you place your highlights as well. Highlights appear when a light source hits a surface at fairly specific angles as far as I've figured them out. I figured that it would be more useful in the end to understand the physics behind highlights so here's something which I picked up some knowledge from: [link]

The vector style gets away with their style of hair because it's done in a way that the viewer doesn't interpret the information literally. This particular style of hair is starting to make the viewer interpret the information literally, so at some point we will run into a couple of troubles. I find that it's usually more convincing if hair is done in a way that the viewer is free to imagine all the hair strands to be there instead of literally rendering them. It saves time too.

The funny thing about giving believable form to cartoon ponies - you have nothing to directly reference so you're essentially on your own. I think the best way to be able to draw believable form to cartoon ponies is to referencing from real-life stuff and apply what you've seen to ponies. Heck, I feel that I know a bit more about lighting simply from familiarizing myself with the physics behind it, something I will not get through 'practice'.
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015
So beautiful!!
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pinkiepi2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
Clapping Verdure 1 
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pinkiepi2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015
i like your picture
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allaboutanime12 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
wow i love it her hair is gorgeous Clapping Pony Icon - Complete Mane Six Clap 
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Narangie Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Student General Artist
Wow!

This is really good ^U^
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MARZillao Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is brilliant!!! So gorgeous! Such an amazing scenery w/ good lighting & shading.

However, the only thing that doesn't seem right here is the legs. I feel like they're too short, or is it the fact that her hooves are sinking?
slowly in the snow?
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Wakko2010 Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
:) Cute . :)
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Dowlphin Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OK, some critique.
First... :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping: :eyepopping:

Joking aside, the lower mane curl looks voluminous, which it should, but it looks like it's occupying the same space as her back/side. And the curl's supposed shadow looks more like a ghost image.
And you should maybe mostly exclude the eyes from the shading, since that collides with their supposed glary look and makes the white reflection ellipses look fake.

I really like about this art style that you stuck as close as possible to the original look, while at the same time you enriched it with more realism. (Except for the environment, which shows night sky during the day, haha. Or were the regal sisters drunk? :D)
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BirdVision Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I love her expressions, and the winter landscape 
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MasterVule Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So amazing!! :happycry:
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NeonRedWings Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Looks beautiful!
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MJNSEIFER Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013
Even the word "beautiful" doesn't seem good enough.  You've captured Rarity brilliantly here.
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013
Looks great! :+fav:
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temporos Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Blunt and to-the-point: I wish I had 1/1,000,000,000,000,000th of your artistic talent.
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reevtion Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
DAYYYYUMMMMM!!!
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sarehkee Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Woah, that mane *-*
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AdaWait Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
You're so beautiful...
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RarityLuver214 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
She looks beautiful! ^^
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013   Digital Artist
Aww thanks. ^^
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RarityLuver214 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2013
You're welcome!
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
(ok you wanted blunt i can aplige but will try to keep respectful)

Form is about perfect (right fore leg seems a little thin at the top)

the environment is cleaver (and well done) (the use of snow and a purple aura is not lost) however the lighting is very bright for NIGHT (no mistake it is effective make possibly if the foreground stay light up but darkened the background it may bring it back (as if a light is lighting her up)).

the use of contrast is effective (the pine trees for instance help her not completely disappear)

eyes excellent (remembering her whites are whiter then her coat)

now for the more complex part the mane. ease on the gloss to me it feels like glass (many have done this) now at the neck (section down from her muzzle) we have a a contradiction the neck line is smooth and strait (and feels thinner on this side), but the hair strands implies they are curving around the neck not touching it (there for covering)

that fold (down from muzzle) does not feel "natural" too strait.

her mane in my ponsonal taste should be edged closer to her horn there for more in the middle.

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the side of the muzzle feels flat.

it seems out of character for her to be out with out some ensemble ( but hey that effective "natural" contrast is worth it )

small lost detail snow falling off her hoof leaving a streak in the snow on and near the hoof prints snow also seems very perfect (sky sloop perfect) (but then it is backgroud).

in conclusion i really like this a excellent use of contrasts and the face looks very close to her in show look, her essence excellent.:iconrarity-bopplz:
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013   Digital Artist
I know that hair really is ridiculously shiny. This was actually my first attempt at detailed hair that doesn't look like play dough. XD

Thanks a ton for the feedback, you have no idea how motivating it is. I probably would have given up a long time ago if it weren't for people like you. ^^
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2013
:iconajnapplz: *hat tip* :iconapplejackisayplz: but of course I am pleased to help and further pleased when ponys show gratitude to my aperseasion and feed back.
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Kazzellin Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I love how you contrasted between her hair and the sky/trees. :)

Needs more contrast between the snow and her legs, though. Did she have her shadow stolen? The light showing on her head and chest is going to the bottom left, so her shadow should be there too.
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sonamybiggestfan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it is EXTREALY beautiful
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72-Hours-Remain Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
there sure is alot of detail in that hair, but its almost to detailed compared to the rest of the drawing, also this picture just seems very bland and without emotion, it may have to do with the color choices( to many neutral and cool colors meshed together) and the little defferation between light and dark,

but i will say the pose is very anatomical correct to match the show and the hair is beyond anything i could ever do, :D hope i wasnt to harsh
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Not harsh enough if you ask me! Don't be such a marshmallow. XD

I'm so grateful for how helpful everyone been so far, you guys are awesome! ^^
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72-Hours-Remain Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
im no marshmellow foo, lol
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Very cute one
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
I really like this a lot. The blue tones are beautiful, and the texture on her hair is very nice, too. The only thing I can see right now that I think could be improved is her eyes; at the picture's full resolution, you can see that her irises and pupils are very clearly-defined, the way they are on the show, which is at odds with the softer brush textures used in the rest of the picture. But that's not even visible unless you look very closely, and it's a very minor issue either way.
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Maker, this is lovely. I really, really, really like her mane! The shine you put into it is almost crystalline. Rarity is happy about it, as we can clearly see. Lovely work shading and highlighting it and depicting the colour variance between the sides of her tail. She does look rather well-suited for hiding in the snow, her coats blends with it so much. However, it's still possible to make her legs out against the snow thanks to the shadows. Speakng of them, they look really nice on 'er. And I just love this smile and these eyes and this expression overall.
As for the background, the northern lights and the darker night sky are really good! Lovely colour shifts there. And the clouds are quite nice, 's well.
Beautifully done, beautifully done indeed! Please do keep making the awesome! And I wish you luck, maker.
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thejps1997 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
auper nice
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
I can never get enough Rarity.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Gorgeous! :wow:
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Star-Bolt-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful
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bravefish90 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Lovely rendition of Rarity. I admire the work on her mane, she looks fantastic!
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ibelcomputing Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Nicely done. Her expression is exquisite and the reflections in the mane give it a lot of texture. The background also adds a lot of setting, even if it's a bit blurry.

However, i must point out that Rarity's hooves sort of get lost with the snow, a bit more of contrast could have helped, for example, shading the snow with blue hues and Rarity with purple ones.
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you for the feedback! I really do appreciate it. =D
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ArmedBrony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The shading on and behind Rarity is clear, as well as the detailed shimmer and hairs in her mane! Love the way you blended the blue and black of the sky; it provides a good contrast with the bright foreground colors. The detail of the snow on the trees in the background is phenomenal!

We're expecting 2+ feet of snow where I live, so don't feel bad about not getting much!
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I've been told that not having snow is really convenient, so I should be happy about it. But you know, the grass is always greener on the other side. ^^
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ArmedBrony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well, the green grass here will soon be covered! And your art has inspired me to learn myself! Many thanks!
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SuperJewishGoat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That looks amazing!
I want to get into making digital art and I would like to know what program(s) you used to make this
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Well first off thanks!

I used Photoshop to make this, although I'm sure any free program could work just as well (GIMP, Paint Tool Sai, ext.).

If you're interested in picking up digital painting I would enthusiastically recommend that you check out the Ctrl+Paint blog by Matt Kohr: [link]

He's an incredibly talented artist and teacher. His videos are pure gold. He starts from ground zero, something I was VERY appreciative of when I was just starting out. I would not be where I am today without him. You are going to need a graphic tablet though, the bamboo series from Wacom will be just perfect. [link]
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SuperJewishGoat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! This helped a lot, because I have heard of people using a "tablet", and the first thing that came to mind was an iPad, but now I know.
Very helpful thank you.
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Jelenadbz Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
pretty
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HurleyBoss Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Looks great :D
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Melika1991 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
love it :heart:
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01-Zero Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
Wow! This is very amazing work, I love it:heart::+fav:
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toxyn16 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing. Such beautiful lighting and colors. Her mane and tail look so beautiful. Most Superb.
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Daedric-Pony Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I was afraid I made them too shiny.
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