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It was a gift for WiseFireCracker as a new avatar on Fimfiction. This was a rushed job for me, but I didn't back down on the quality of the rendering... at least too much.

One the odd things about this piece is that I didn't use any of the traditional method drawing this and forgo using any pressure control or opacity that my stiles/brush can provide me which basically boiled down to just be using a mouse for my left hand; it was odd to think that I had achieved such results with this with an basic brush at 100% opacity. This time around I had put a lot of attention on the detail of the background as so to make it look like Twilight's Golden Oak Library.

Instead, of that I used mostly used the Lasso and Wand tool to select the areas that I needed to add color, textures, rendering and use heavy soft brush just outside of the selection area to give the smooth gradient effect in the shadows. the line art of the Oc was made with the help of the pen tool that was selected and then filed with black; this was probably the most even and precise line art that I have done with Photoshop compared to my previous attempts. The textures where made from the cloud rendering function with texture effects and layer style. The magic aura effect was made with a black brush strokes set on screen, so that it becomes invisible, then I added a color overlay orange at 30% opacity set on Screen with Outerglow and Inerglow; the Smudge tool was used to add the wavy effect on it. the the dark shadow was on the Oc was just black soft brush stroke with with the layer set on 60% opacety. The glow feel around the body was just a few soft yellow bush strokes that had Blured function use to defuse it and then set on Screen. The light beams is just orange yellow made with the Selection Tool, Nlured and set on Screen as well.

To save a lot of time, all the books that are in the bookshelf and levitation all made from the same template and same goes with the textures with a few added changes to make them look different in shapes. To also save on time doing the pages, I just used the haft tone effect and cut them out and warp them with the selection tool th make them fit well, giving an all out even spacing between them. For the gold decoration I just used the Selection Tool and and fiddle around with the stroke function at different thickness. I wish that I had put on titles and a little text to add to the realism to then.

The cutie mark was also made with the pen tool but I was tired and on a rush so I couldn't take the time to do a smoother finish on it. Still, I do very much like the overall design of it.

All in all I am quite proud of this work and I hope that this is a good sign that I am really improving in my digital art skills. In grand total, it took me about less then a week of intense work on it for about 30 hours, which considering less then what it used to be for me with less attention on the background.
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Whole art is full of magic. You can really feel it floating around books :) really nice colors and unique style.
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Thanks, this was one of my better results in using the layer fx and style for the magic aura effect that I used on it. For the style I am not sure what you mean about it. Could you enlighten me on that issue, I am curious to know what you mean?
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Sure! By "unique style" I mean the way you are drawing. I've never seen style similar to yours. I really like this one. There is something interesting and natural with the emotions on this characters faces .
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