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Everfree Crusade

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Prequel to one of my previous pieces "Everfree Hunt" which featured Applejack.
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Back in that piece I already hinted slightly at the events that went on. This is kinda the prelude to that. Some actually guessed it correctly, which made me happy. I suppose Applebloom's bow is quite recognizable.

This piece was fun in new ways! I actually haven't covered her age group before. At least in human form. Trying to figure out this new and alien body type, proportions and everything. Making her young but also still strong. Combined with designing some armour, good fun!

Hope y'all enjoy :) Be sure to check out the links above and below.


Approx time: 11,5 hours
Timelapse: youtu.be/Hc6i_PkozOA

Everfree Crusade [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

The colour composition in the work is extraordinary, with the muted hues and dark colours of the forest bringing emphasis to the subject's head and cloak. The armour and clothing are well detailed and suitably grubby, looking as though they have been in use for a long time, which contrasts quite nicely with Apple Bloom's face, hair, and bow, as it draws our eyes towards it. On that note, the imagery is in keeping with what we know from the show, With Apple Bloom wearing a confident expression on her face despite the horrors in the forest. The entire piece has something of Warhammer Fantasy to it, and it seems as if Apple Bloom herself has been dropped straight into the Drakwald!

Full marks from me; I cannot find anything to fault.
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:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Ahh, I've been hoping you'd get to this.
First things first: Love the colours, love the technique yadayadayada, we've been through this before.
-I do like how the atmosphere is notably more foreboding from Everfree Hunt
-On that note, love the little touches of white on AB's back and cape
-love the stuff going on in the background
-Still loving the armour design

As for negatives:
-To me, the face looks just a bit too young for the rest of the body
-The neck is a bit long
-AB's right eye looks a narrower in the horizontal than the left one
-This might have been intentional, but I feel her nose is too straight


PS: What are the things on the band on her right wrist?
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:star::star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

I thought that the other two pieces I critiqued were awesome, but this is yet another art piece that completely blows my mind! I am loving how you did Apple Bloom in this with the armor, sword, and the tattered Cutie Mark Crusaders cape. If this was based off of when she tried to make the delivery to the Cajun ponies in Somepony to Watch Over Me, this is well-thought out.

I can't believe all the hard work you've done in some of these art pieces! Keep this up, as I can't wait to see what you have in store next during the hiatus between Rainbow Rocks and now, and when we start seeing promos for Season 5 of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

You have my utmost respect for this wonderful art piece of Apple Bloom, and I hope you do ones of the other Crusaders as well.
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FantasyRebirth96's avatar
Really amazing the way this looks! Very impressive! Your really amazing for doing something like this huh? I really hope you'll make more much like this here!
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Awesome one here
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TheSkadebjergStudent Digital Artist
Wow, I love so much that she is wearing her CMC cape <3
StreaksPsyche's avatar
Gosh darn, this just completes the series. Oh I am loving that cape!
xelianthought's avatar
Brilliant! 
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SnapCentinoStudent Writer
Someone made a bad decision...
veco8's avatar
is it ok if i recreate this in cosplay form?
RukarioTrainer's avatar
That is adorable
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QuantumPinkieStudent Digital Artist
I love this, it's incredible, and I gave it a favourite, but I still have one tiny issue with it... The bow, well, it... it kinda looks like her hair. The texture is, I'm sure, slightly different, but at first glance it just doesn't seem like it. Sorry.


(also the right eye seems to be at slightly the wrong angle on her face, and the neck is just a little too long, but that doesn't seem to matter and I don't want to keep insulting you)
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Crusade, Cutie Mark Crusaders. I see what you did there. Clap 
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J25TheArcKingHobbyist General Artist
Applebloom... :iconapplebloomspinplz:
Hey she has her CMC cape.
Nice bow and hairstyle for her. :iconassassinconnorplz:
Good outfit and sword.

I see 2 timberwolves, one above and one below... Watch yourself Applebloom...

Perfect title for this...
Professional artwork.
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JacobellingerHobbyist Writer
reminds me of Arya Stark
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gameguy199Student Writer
i love that she still has her bow.
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philyphil96Hobbyist Digital Artist
This picture reminds me so much of Clementine from "The Walking Dead" game.
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credechica4Student Digital Artist
this is beautifully done I love the enviroment and applebloom on here she looks like a badass she reminds me so much of arya stark in this image great work.
Backlash91's avatar
how big was this canvas while working on it?
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AssasinMonkeyProfessional Digital Artist
My usual working canvas, which this one also was, is 12000x8000 px
Backlash91's avatar
o.O......holy---..oookay then im working a bit smaller canvas then....no wonder i can't get the detials your getting...i was working on a 4000x 4000
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AssasinMonkeyProfessional Digital Artist
Hehe, my size is a bit overkill for most, it's mostly more suited for very large prints. (DA's biggest print resolution is about that size)
In general I often say somewhere from 4-6k should get you a long way already. :)

For some I'd definitely recommend that being a minimum, such as line art because you're working with thin lines (having that pixelated would be a waste of time)
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