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A Change of Heroes by AssasinMonkey A Change of Heroes by AssasinMonkey
New addition for my Season 6 Episode Art!
Season 6, Episode 25&26: To Where and Back Again
For more info on my episode art: MLP:FIM Season 5 Episode Art Streams

Finale, with a week delay due to Nightmare Nights, here's my "finale" Season 6 episode fan art. (I might make more episode related pieces, though, just not with this type of routine/schedule, more casual)

Welp... this finale issued quite a bit of change. Not sure if I can handle all that!
Although we've had some drastic moments in the past... that's what finales tend to do. Twilight Princess, Golden Oak, just to name some. This isn't really that different from that, in regards to being a pretty significant change to what we've come to accept and taken for granted.

At least not everything changed! Oh, the revenge, when and how shall it happen, will it ever happen?

Very enjoyable episodes, quite a bit of stuff. Fun cast of heroes! They all had their little contributions to the squad, with overall made them a fun little team. Going on an adventure! One suited for princesses... Aw, now they get to feel a bit like a princess too.
Trixie was fabulous, though. Also because the VA delivers her so well. All the sounds she made hahaha, so good. Would almost make them my ringtone or something. Then there was also the clarification of how much Discord cares about Fluttershy. He got real serious real fast. And eventually put in quite the painful situation... so much Fluttershy!!!

For the art, I wanted to of course have a bit more of an eventful, meaningful scene to represent the episode. And I ended up finding this to be the most suited. So I rolled with it! Most other stuff felt a bit more focused on a smaller part of the entire finale. Does mean, once again I had multiple characters to make, as is common with finale stuff... So I did go with a bit simpler, more direct process. Jumping straight into painting directly on top of the sketches. So that's why the WIP may be a bit... abrupt at moment, jumping around. It also helped a bit with getting time for the environment... being a decent focus as well, and I'm not that used to having non-character focus in a piece. I did try to balance it out, making the characters still very prominent. I've at least done that before.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoyed the episodes, the season, and all my little fan arts I've made throughout it! I may make more of the finale, but in general, I'll just make more art of anything that comes to mind. There's still so much stuff to explore.

I may change things up regarding Episode Art. Not be as strict with the next, just make something when I feel like next time. Partially so it doesn't get interrupted as bad by conventions... which causes me stress. But, either way, I don't know yet what I'll do in the future, it's still open for change, and basically... I'll see just have to wait and see what I'll end up making!

Approx Time: 12 hours
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A Change of Heroes [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

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Duckyworth Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really love all the detail and colours in this drawing, and your expressions you gave the characters is perfect. :clap:
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Viking1066 Featured By Owner May 2, 2018
This is an excellent image. I especially like Trixie's expression. It fits her character perfectly.
HawntedDollie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
This ALMOST tempts me into watching MLP. Last few times I tried - I failed so hard.
BenRG Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2018
"See! Barad-dûr, the Fortress of the Dark Queen!"

"Discord, what are you raving about?"
DKPaladinX Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2018
Wow ... just Wow !!
julian0123 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Awesome picture :D
C-blaze21 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Love that season finale!!!!!!!!!
Jioseph-superfan63 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love how you make everything! 

The Changeling's hive look awesome and dark as is supposed to be! And the Reformed Four are really awesome!
WonderboltScootaloo Featured By Owner May 8, 2017
I'm sure others are wondering about this too but I haven't seen anyone try too figure it out. Where exactly is the Changeling's hive, as in where on the Map of Equestria is it located in? I've tried analyzing the scene in which Chrysalis and her Changelings were blown away, I even noted the landscape in the direction they flew and tried comparing it to the map, I haven't come to a full conclusion as to where it's located on the map(if it's on the map at all). I was hoping someone could possibly end the mystery and find out where it is, I don't know if Hasbro even knows and we could do the pondering for them while they keep making great episodes. They may put it on the map some day as a sort of "Look what the fans found" or somethingConfused 
Jioseph-superfan63 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Maybe the changeling's hive was built when Chrysalis was banned in the 2 season.....
Vercinacox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so in love with this.. Absolutely beautiful. The perspective, their expressions and body language, very nice!
BronyNo786 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Don't make me play the Avengers theme again
FluttershyBrace Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2017
I hate Starlight Glimmer :(
mahdashie23 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017
don't we all.
RupertBlueFox Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Loved the Finale! =D
fillenbillen1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2017
I loved and hated this episode XD
albedoequals1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2017
I love Trixie's face here.
g-master-artist Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the equestrian suicide squad
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016
Awesome work really enjoyed that finale
TheDoubleDeuced Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
B Team assemble!
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Crescentsunstudios72 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Discord Icon 3 : It's only a model.

Thorax Icon : Shhh!
Sorry couldn't resist.
Toxikkz Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
love it!
LookOutHereComesTom Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016
Love this---very cute!
werecass Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Student Artist
HolyGoldenCarter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
One word: Epic!!!! ^W^
Vinylwalk3r Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautifull! I love Trixies expression, "Are we REALLY going in there?" Great work!
Neon-NS Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Student Filmographer
From Villains to Heroes they came. The boastful magician, The chaotic Draconequus, The Changeling, and the Cutie Mark Thief, now the heroes saving the day from a love-stealing queen.
bobhershey Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2016
Discord Icon Thorax Icon :icontrixiecutenessplz: :iconstarlightsexyplz:
  Equestria's  Newest  Heroes
mahdashie23 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2017
we'll never see them again.
SilverSun-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Very beautiful!!!
dSana Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
This is simply stunning.
MLPAristiscCSketch Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's incredible fanart =D
Maverickwolfzx Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
I can only imagine this scene with the music of The Lord of the Ring.

HisPurpleness Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
All together now!
This Ain't No Place For No Hero!
This Ain't No Place For No Better Pony!
This Ain't No Place For No Hero
To Call Hoooooome!
Marrow-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student General Artist
Omigosh those episodes were fantastic! XD

I'm a little disappointed at the last bit but eh, it was worth it. Trixie moved up on my list for sure X}

As for this, It's beautiful! I like the light you surrounded them with, it puts them in a different light than the background, contrasting their sunny position and the castle's dingy one.

My favorite part is the expressions though... Trixie's looking back to Thorax for encouragement, but he's scared too! Which does NOT help XD
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
Your artistic choices make me realize how much of a LOTR love letter this episode was. 
karkovice1 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
The Improbable 4! :D
JasAnderson1215 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016
Oh, I love this! Beautifully done with the shading, coloring, and depth. This selection of new heroes is awesome. :)
guitarfan01 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
You were at Nightmare Nights? I performed with my band! I regret not taking the opportunity to meet you. You make such good art.
Joykins Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
dragon-vine Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Very nice
TheCheeseman83 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
I just wanted to say, I have enjoyed your paintings immensely for several seasons now, and when I saw this particular scene I thought to myself, "Oh man, I sure hope AssassinMonkey paints that!" As always, you do not disappoint! I enjoy designing Magic: the Gathering cards in my free time, and I've been building a set based on MLP using only original art (no show screenshots), because I think the brony art community is amazing and deserves as much exposure as it can get. In my set of around 80 cards thus far, I have used your artwork in 24 of them, nobody else has more than 4. I am not ashamed to play favorites! I only post them on my Facebook profile for my friends to see, as I wouldn't presume to distribute artwork I don't own the rights to, but I hope maybe a few people who see them will check out your profile here. Please keep up the awesome work!
jyroman53 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Let's do this Suicide Squad style !
The finale was epic and this masterpiece certainly captures its awesomeness. Starlight's squad was amazing, their interactions were hilarious. The only thing I disliked about the finale was ALL the Princesses getting captured so easily, but I suppose it was necessary for the plot. *sigh* I hope one day, the Princesses might take down an enemy by themselves like they perfectly well should be able to.

Anyway, the new Changelings are not everyone's cup of tea, but I like them. Chrysalis must have been the worst leader ever for them all to abandon her so easily. I'm glad she didn't reform - the show needs at least one recurring villain. I just wonder why they let her get away. Discord could have caught her in a second. Oh well.
XandImus Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016   General Artist
Umm...venturing on forth ^^; we hope! :no:
coolclaytony Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
Journey to the Hive (2)(U)
Landfall - Whenever a land enters the battlefield under your control, put a quest counter on Journey to the Hive.
Non creature spells cost (1) more to cast.
At the beginning of each upkeep, if there are five or more quest counters on Journey to the Hive; sacrifice it, then create three 1/1 blue Shapeshifter creature tokens with changeling and flying.
Crystalitar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016  Student Filmographer
Gorgious! really suits the dramatic tension build up when facing the quest.

Personally i loved the dynamic betwern trixie and discord, here to hope for more future eps featuring them both.
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