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A Stag of Change

Bonus 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

Little additional piece for the finale, although my main piece was last week. But this design was quite interesting to show up, so I went ahead and tried it in the portrait style I had before at the beginning of this year. Although... it felt weird haha, he's so different than the other's I had made. No hair, the pincers/antlers, the colours, etc. But, it's a fun challenge.

Key to this style for me was to approach it in a single layer. This was all single layer, I just duplicated it for WIP purposes. I also didn't do any adjustment layers this time around. So just me and my brushy brushy, mostly.

Anyhow. They're interesting designs. I was tempted to make it very iridescent like a rainbow stag beetle, but I chickened out haha. I was trying to keep this pretty basic, not too complex. And something like that, is definitely tricky to get just right. At least in the amount that a Rainbow Stag Beetle has. Hence its name.

Approx Time: 5-6 hours
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A Stag of Change [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

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ponymanpoland's avatar
wow, it reminds me paintings done by rubens, rembrandt or bosch.
netherlanders are truely masters in renaiscance-like painting and you are just another proof of that :)
Jioseph-superfan63's avatar
Now he look like very bug-like!
With details on the head, horns, ears and everything! Very realistic!
Omega-Square's avatar
I wasn't happy with their new designs, but oh my, you made them look so cute!!!
DominusAlicorn's avatar
Wow, I just started looking through your gallery, and your art is amazing!
Yet... even a great artist cannot make the new changeling design look good. :/ Sorry Hasbro, but that mishmash of colors will never work for me.

fillenbillen, not quite as ugly in this pic, true, but Winged-stone is right: even in this nice style, they're still weird.
Unkownbrony52's avatar
this looks incredible! I love the detail on the facial structure!
Guadisaves02's avatar
In my opinion I guess he's based of th Rainbow Stag Beetle… and the rest of his kind are Jewel Beetles…
fillenbillen1's avatar
Not gonna lie, he doesn't look as ugly on this pic XD
SomaticHaberdashery's avatar
I gotta say, I wasn't a huge fan of the new changeling designs when I first saw them, but top-notch fanart like this is making me change my mind. That's a majestic bugmoosehorsething.
HoodedTomsi's avatar
Absolutely love the highlights and the positioning of the head, keep it up! 
monterrang's avatar
he actually look creepy like that
ijustloveit619's avatar
If only Chrysalis were reformed she would have had one of this Portrait xD
Pastel-Noodle's avatar
So majestic! I love him!
Torvusil's avatar
Nice work on the details! Interesting use of a single layer.
Bookworm247's avatar
Thorax looks so awesome 
satrox13's avatar
very nice adding the details, making him more like an insect. 
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SeriousJupiter's avatar
Oh deer, he looks amazing.
templar127's avatar
Omigosh the detail! It's so awesome!
Lunar-White-Wolf's avatar
Awesome, I love the details!
Shadowwolf's avatar
Ugh, I'm really not a fan of this new design... I want to pretend that the season finale did not even happen...

But your art is great, as always.
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SerenityRoseArt's avatar
This is beautiful!
Winged-Stone's avatar
Hmm...nope. Even in your nice style, they're still weird looking to me.
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