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Adventures Applied

Some of you might spot it immediately, but yes this one is inspired by Albert Bierstadt. Mostly one of my favourites, his "Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mount Rosalie". While a lot of the colour choices, values and some layouts are similar, I wanted to make the shapes, and details myself. Also some changes to accommodate Applejack (and Winona) ... because I had to.

The thing that interests me is how he made environments have a dramatic composition, with light, colour, shadow and everything. Something that's a bit more straightforward when applied to just a character, or other small scale (singular) object/creature/character. And I've been wanting to explore environments more. Although still loosely brushed. Especially compared to Bierstadt's works haha, there's just waaaay more detail going on there.

Either way, it's quite fun working with such a range of compositional aspects in an environmental larger scale setting. Something that can be applied in so many interesting ways, with so many different environments. Plenty of choices and direction to go in basically hah.

Hope y'all enjoy! It was quite fun making this. Last Saturday Stream where I'm not focused on Episode Art specifically, which will happen next week already! :O (or at a con later on). Although who knows, maybe I'll get to make something like this while episode related.

Approx Time: 12,5 hours
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Adventures Applied [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

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silverkitsunebray's avatar
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Let's start by my opinion. I believe that this was a very ambitious project by you, and is very well done in a broad perspective. I love it.

Vision: It has a great range. A wide view of a valley with a lake. Symbolizing what I see to be, adventure, hope, and future.

Originality: Human version, with an Equestrian-ish setting got you a higher rating, but let's be fair. This theme is not new. Good play on elements.

Technique: At a glance, it's beautiful, but on a closer look, you shifted between three styles of art as far as I can see. There may be more. When you really look at this image, the flow is not there. Some spots take more detail than others. Not for emphasis, but just from the art style used that makes it sharper.

Impact: This image is very inspiring. It proves that long journeys in life can lead to wonderful things. New beginnings and a chance to start over. It definitely gives me that feel.

Overall, good work. Keep it up and you can very easily become a professional in other genres. Fantasy and such with your own characters and design with no basis in an already established world.
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<img class="avatar" width="50" height="50" src="…" alt=":iconaustinpowersplz:" title="austinpowersplz" /><img class="avatar" width="50" height="50" src="…" alt=":iconsaysplz:" title="saysplz" />"Yeah baby, YEAH! This picture is VERY shagadelic! I love the amazing use of colour, crikey, you really found your mojo! Where is Dr Evil hiding?! Perhaps beneath the ominous clouds or in a far-off mountain cave? That's the kind of location you might find liquid hot mag-ma. And look at Winona! She's an animal! She's a tiger! She's Tony the Tiger! She's grrrrreat! This picture is very switched-on! Daddy-daddy wasn't there, but Applejack clearly was to look after her faithful pooch. Does this picture make you horny baby? Those mountains on either side look like twins! Hello Basil! And I'm spent...!"
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This was the best critique, I have ever read, in my 29 years of existence... 
Cuddlepug's avatar
Hopefully AssasinMonkey will accept :'3
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This deviant thought this was fair.
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Great piece. Great use of color and, even though it was done in Photoshop, the brush strokes have an organic feel giving this piece great texture, as if it had been painted with real paint.

The first thing that catches my eye is the backpack with the apple. It feels out of place in this painting, like a cartoon in the middle of a realistic image. From the comments it seems to be part of a known character, alas unfamiliar to me. Also, there is a sense of a great storm coming, with the wind picking up and trees and grass swaying in the wind. Maybe have the girl hold her hat with one hand and bend her knees, with the dog's tail matching the direction of her hair to show a reaction to the environment. In other words, I think more interaction with the elements would help sell the image.

As for the brushstrokes, maybe tighten them up more in the foreground just to enhance the great feeling of depth you created. This will help separate more the different layers and help orient the viewer better. Right now the lower left is a little muddy and its a little hard to tell in the upper image where the mountain ends and the clouds begin.

But these are minor suggestions. This is really a great piece. Rich and atmospheric. Keep up the good work.
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Really impressive! ★★★★★ for impact! I really enjoy this scenery, and feel something even more satisfying from me and AJ are admired the scenery simultaneously, at the same time.

Nice contrast for light and dark. I think have found the reference, this is Albert Bierstadt's "A Storm in the Rocky Mountains"…

Critique: artwork it is blurry. Thick and straight brush blurry strokes are somewhat annoying my eye - can't hold glance on something (except apple). Maybe it is possible to focus on only some part, to save efforts and time, and keep other parts out of focus, so blurriness can be accepted like "depth of field". Also to keep "depth of field" effect, blurriness should be consistent, without unexpected small details or hard edges popped on mostly blurred sketchily surface.

Water does not look like shiny reflection surface, it looks more like diffuse matte lighted surface.

It is hard to judge - are AJ and Winona on the edge of the cliff or not. Tree size says that this is cliff, but I can't feel edge of cliff and depth after edge.

Not sure about proportions. Left hand palm looks a bit larger (like Hulk's hand palm), and arm as whole - little shorter.

Personally I very like how AJ looks here, like normal human, not like fashion beauty supermodel or fantasy thief-elf-woman warrior, great combination for both beauty and real world proportions.

This is my first critique, I have tried to keep it compact, I have tried to write it like I seek critique for my own artwork, to know my faults in my drawing.
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Was this critique useful?
I don't really care if you publish this or not, But I am interested will be this useful for your next nearest drawing.
Or I should postpone critique for your works when I will achive better level in drawing and writing.
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Okay, so here we go.

As usual, the quality of your art, Mister AssasinMokey, does not fail to disappoint. Your technique is incredible here, and it is shown in the different levels of lighting shown in this painting. The foreground where the storm is gathering is darkest, making it clear that it is indeed a storm that is brewing in the distance. the middle area with the lake is a wonderful bright sunny area, something that is the calm before the storm. Applejack and Winona are standing in what I can only assume is the shadow of a mountain, hence the shade.

It truly is a beautiful piece, something that gives a strange serene feeling that is mixed with foreboding--most likely a result of the storm coming in.

The only thing that I believe I could knock you on is the lack of originality, but that is simply because you based this off another artist's work. (Which is what you said in the description anyways, so it's not a big deal.

Overall, it is a wonderful painting that instills wonder and creates a sense of adventure, as something titled "Adventures Applied" should.
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The composition of the picture and how it this starts form the figure and helps the viewers eye from not escaping out of the sides. As we approach each corner, the S lines guide us safely round it.

The play of lights and darks works well to give a feeling of the mood and inpacked of the landscape. The cinematic technical works well overall.

In conclusion, the image has a epic and movie feel to it and the skills it takes to make this. I can this being someones background on there computer.

Amazing and fantastic work. Keep ti up.
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Lovely! I love the sense of adventure in the layout of the landscape and the dynamics of the lighting on either side of the drawing. Great detail on all of it, and very original ideas applied to this. Great cloud work! I've always had trouble with clouds, myself. The only thing I have to say negatively is that it may be a bit dark in the low left corner. I know you're going for drastic, and perhaps it is just the lighting on my screen, but it needs more highlights! In my own personal opinion, I would love to see some lightning coming from clouds like that for future drawings. Great drawing over all! I'm going to feature this as drawing of the week on my website, and credit you to it! Good work!
Chimzembque's avatar
You like AJ.  I'm so glad someone with talent does, apparently as much as I do.  Keep up the good work!
FireBuddyNight's avatar
Wow! so much detail!
Wisdom-Thumbs's avatar
Applejack's going to wish for a solid storm-proofed house in a few minutes.
ijustloveit619's avatar
Your work on Scenery is one of the BEST in the Fandom!

Keep em' coming :D !
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Again, you did a fantastic job creating a powerful mood with a sense of vastness in the distance. You definitely succeeded there. The lighting is beautiful as the sun sets through the other valley and the moon makes its way into the sky. Close up, Applejack and Winona look great together, especially as they contemplate the glorious scene before them. Applejack's arms almost seem a tad short, but maybe that's because she's wearing big gloves.


However, something seems off to me about the scale. (And maybe it is just me.) For some reason it feels like the foreground and background are "too close," as if the background were a matte painting. (A danged good one, yes.) Maybe it's because of how the river winding down the valley doesn't seem to narrow much, making the lake look almost like a pond; perhaps it's something with perspective as well. The trees on the right probably are supposed to be scrubby (since it is mountainous area after all), but it seems to heighten the effect unfortunately. Another possibility is the terrific level of detail close by versus the majestic strokes and swirls of the distant structures.


Still, take it with a few grains of salt. It's pretty great no matter what.
Kituoshi's avatar
Just... incredible...
The way you painted the nature is IMPOSSIBLE (at least for me
You are my fav deviant and this is my fav deviation <3
Gislaadt's avatar
Stunning, fantastic, extremly talented, bravo !!
MochaStarOC's avatar
This just inspired me to write a story on FimFiction.  Thanks!
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I didnt know you could put black on the extreme horizon, good.
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