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End of a Golden Age


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Finale art doesn't stop here.

Never made the library before and I wouldn't have imagined this kind of scene being the first...
Right in the feels.

I think this is the closest they could get to "killing a character" and they did so magnificently, I still feel it. One of the most impact full parts I think, so I just had to make it somehow.
Wasn't sure whether to go with aftermath or in action.
Thought I'd go with what might give the most interesting result, so here we go!

Science of explosions caused by magic beams, now that's something I wasn't sure what the best approach was for. At least I've done explosions before hehe.
Also helped with hiding parts of the tree so I didn't have to make those.
Lazy Monkey.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy as always!

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End of a Golden Age [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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Boy we're running free

Facing lights in the flow

And in the cherry trees

We're hiding from the world

But the golden age is over

goldorakx69's avatar

this art is beautiful and cool, Too bad of the lost of the tree library! is will be missing but Twilight got her castle!

IncendiaryBoobs's avatar
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This piece immediately caught my eye on your page, with its intense colors and darker outer parts. It has a very strong first impression, it feels like the bits of rubble and flame could go flying right on you at any moment. <3 It's hard to find things wrong with this, but same as the other critique, I'm wondering what that little blue thing is.. Oh well, doesn't effect my grade.
One thing I did notice wrong, was I felt that the branches sticking out on the left side didn't feel leafy enough, they have more of a smooth, plastic look.
I also feel like the main part of the fire could have used more black, but that's more of an opinion.
Back to the positives, the details to be found in the explosion is very good, and impactful, as I said before. And I also loved the expressions of the two characters AND the little detail of the feathers on Twilights wings. <3
I really have to say this deserves full stars! Very nice work.
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This is an amazing picture! The fire and background details are great, I love the explosion. The detail on Twilight Sparkles' mane, tail and wing feathers is amazing, and even her hooves have shading! I like that you put in Owlowicious, he's sometimes hard to draw, and missed in other pictures. The trees and grass were blown back, the library itself if being pushed away from the explosion. I love the originality of this picture, you really got the main idea of the whole scene in the episode. I really loved this picture, all in all. I hope you make more of these pictures!
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beautiful shading, exemplary lighting effects, minor hint of blur but not to much to completely distort the image. a few questions... what is the object on the left side of the library, it is on top of the roof above the window, not the lantern the small blue looking thing. it looks kind of like a planet( possibly Saturn) that was recolored. that or it looks like a miniature loveseat with a blue- jay sitting in it. my only gripe is that there are no building surrounding the library but then again I saw the finale of season for a few weeks ago I believe and I don't think there were any buildings standing in ponyvile at the time. also where are owlowiscious's feet? and where is spike during all of this? was he in the library during the episode or was he away somewhere else... like in canterlot or something. all in all my gripes did not affect the score I gave. I rate fairly at all times. you got five stares in all 4 categories because you presented me with a piece of artwork that is exemplary in detail and beautiful to look at... just as I would expect a great artist like you to create. well done good sir
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The blue thingy was something part of her library. Kinda seemed like an orb/planet ornament. I just kinda took it from there to add some little details :)

Owlowiscious's feet are there but since they're kinda retracted and slightly blurred they're kinda hidden.
Just like Spike who I believe was captured along with the rest of the mane 6 and Discord.
goldorakx69's avatar
If twilight a teleport in and take her Owl will be dead! is too bad for the books, item can be renplaced but not live!
Luspear-Soram's avatar
WOW! That was a really powerful blast. You did a good job with showing the intensity.O_O
Zoroark19's avatar
omg the nostalgia :(

Definitely agree with you about this being the closest the show could have gone to killing a character 
Bloom3D's avatar
I will just say this.

Your artwork , is AMAZING .

I am adding that to my wallpaper collection , and i wish i could print that in HQ so i can frame it and put it on my wall !
SasQ's avatar
WELL SAID (and drawn)
One of the most realistic and brutal depictions of explosion I've ever seen in a fan art. I like the Twilight's expression. Well done! And where did you paint it?
pikapika2405's avatar
Wow amazing work! How do you draw explosions? What paint tool do you use?
mayamllp's avatar
The flames is amazing 😍
De-Lupe's avatar
I think this is the closest they could get to "killing a character" ...

Meanwhile, at the Crystal Empire, Sombra is crying because everyone forgot he died.  ^_^

Love this, lots of power in the explosion.  Good job.
MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Wow intense and touching pic you can teel Twillight felt the lost of her home
Hanolqi's avatar
This is so amazing I can feel the heat of the explosion just looking at that pic!Absolutely one of the most shocking scenes in the show!
Ghalaghor's avatar
Cool mares don't look at explosions.
redbuttercup1's avatar
Poor twilight...: (
The-Barinade's avatar
That's a magnificent explosion! You've even managed to actually make it look really hot!
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