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Just when I thought I was getting the hang of rendering details... No, not quite there yet. I think I'm still having trouble suggesting distant features.

Also, I'm not too sure, but let me know if the contrast looks too high or too low. This could help me to adjust my perception better.

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On A Search For A New Land by aJVL By The Field by aJVL
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Nieva-Draws's avatar
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

You dangled a cute juicy bit of critic bait in front of me, so I’ll bite.

Distant Features:
First off, the trail, I see there to be five parts to the trail each (with the exception of the last) going over a small hill:
Part One: AJ is standing on
Part Two: the small hill to the far left
Part Three: the hill cliff to the far left with the large tan boulder on it
Part Four: the gently sloping hill cliff with the exposed white rock
Part Five: the part of the trail that goes off into the distance up to the large white mountain in the middle

You do seem to understand the concept “distant objects become smaller,” however; part five of the trail does not seem distant enough. Perhaps if you make it hair thin, but of course the lightness of the trail should still contrast well with the green of the grass. Part three and four of the trail seem to be the same size. The beginning of part four needs to be slightly narrower than the end of part three. Part two is fine. As for part one, the area that AJ is standing on is fine. However, the area that is in shadow just in front of her seems odd. It looks to be grassed over which is unusual considering that the rest of trail is not.

The Mountains:
The mountains in the far distance behind the clouds, look like they are in the in the far distance, this is good. However, they are strangely pointy; this is odd because all of the other mountains are rounded.

The Contrast:
The differences between the highs and lows and the perception of distance they project is spot on. All of the light in the painting seems to be coming from one direction, the upper right, which is essential in a natural landscape. Furthermore, on contrast, the time of day seems to be early morning. With long shadows similar to the evening, but, the rest of the landscape is bright and the sky is brilliant blue these things together make it feel like morning.

Over all a gorgeous piece, nice work.
Me-and-Dream1's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Vision- bright, vibrant colours, but duller, softer ones in shadows and background, very appealing to the eye, only problem, the orange of Applejack's coat, in some areas it need to be darker, other than that, excellent! 4 1/2/5

Originality- I have never seen Applejack portrayed in this way, therefore, I believe it to be original, 5/5!

Technique- very, very skilled! Almost makes you think it's real! However, the grass in some areas seems a little too single coloured. 4 1/2/5

Impact- as soon as I saw this, I thought, 'WOW! I MUST tell the artist how cool this is! And this image will stay in my head for a long time!" 5/5
Calenita's avatar
I think this is the most adorable and adventurer artwork I've seen with Applejack. 
I love your backgrounds, colors and details are gorgeous!
AphelionMars's avatar
I really like the texture here, it gives the impression of traditional painting media. :) (Smile) I also love the detail and again, texture, of a lot of the landscape, particularly the grass, cliffs, and clouds.

Smart Cookie is so cute here, omg.
MLPegasis4898's avatar
Amazing landscape...! :wow: :wow: :wow:
HeavenlySasha's avatar
This is stunning!
RukarioTrainer's avatar
Ooh nice. Cool to see a depection of the founding of Ponyville : )
aJVL's avatar
That's Smart Cookie. It was waaay before the birth of Celestia and Luna.
RukarioTrainer's avatar
I thought Celestia met her as Philly. I'm thinking of the print version of the journal of the two sisters. I could be wrong, but I thought even in the play it was the sisters that guided them to the new areas they founded (but I may be misremembering that.)
Mitch-el's avatar
There's a very nice sense of depth portrayed in this image -- I feel as if I could walk right into the composition. The lighting on the scenery is enticing and invites the viewer to soak in every detail, and I very much want to explore the mountainous landscape. There is something about how Applejack herself is lit and shaded, however, that feels a little off, and the depth itself could be pushed even more so as the environment comes off as less flat. Perhaps the edges of the hills in the distance could be more pronounced/sharpened so as they don't blend in with the grass too much, unless that was the intention. In any case, wonderful effort. The overall image is quite appealing and intriguing. Lovely work! :aww:
aJVL's avatar
Duly noted.

AJ do look off in this. I will try to improve on shading and grounding object more properly.
I also can see what you mean by the mountain and grass blending in together. I will be more cautious about the edge. 
FrenkieArt's avatar
Great work! Your landscapes are really amazing!

About the contrast - what's the focal point? I thought it will be AJ but my eyes tend to focus on the bright mountain in the distance as the rest of the image is darker than that. But if that was the intention then you did good job ;)
aJVL's avatar
Hmm... now that you mentioned it, I realized there's nothing to bring the gaze back to AJ. There should be something that helps loop the viewer's attention around continuously, from AJ to the mountain and back to AJ.
Bubblegumdove's avatar
I think your perspective and sense of distant mass came off great here, so I don't see much material for a full-on critique. :)
DJ-AppleJ-Sound's avatar
I love your style! Amazing!
aJVL's avatar
Haha, thanks mate! 
Kyoshyu's avatar
I'd visit that place. :)
aJVL's avatar
Don't fall into that gorge. 
Kyoshyu's avatar
I'll fly by. ;p
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