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Fjords of Apples

First Saturday Stream after BronyCon. There was a lack of Applejack throughout those weeks, so I had to fix that.

Why not throw in an environment as well, right?! Actually kinda interesting doing this pony style with a more elaborate environment. Mostly I kept the backgrounds simple and blurred in a portrait mode with this pony style.

Didn't want to do basic mountains so I went with fjord instead! I guess could also have gone for "gorge" or "valley". Close enough. Fjord also just sounds fancier I think.

Had to puzzle a bit on what my steps would be, combining the different layers, which I think turned out ok. Since I paint environments different than ponies. I prefer these larger scale landscapes directly in colour. (Easier to add all the tiny variations)

Hope y'all enjoy!

PS: The HighRes and PSD file will be included in my Patreon packs
PPS: Uncropped version down below

Approx Time: ~9 hours
(forgot to record first couple hours)
Fjords of Apples [WIP] by AssasinMonkeyFjords of Apples [Alt] by AssasinMonkey

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drweegee1337's avatar
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As someone who's spent a decent amount of times in the Scandinavian mountains during summer, the landscape really speaks to me. The blue water, the mosaic of low vegetation and bare rock, it all brings back memories of my time in the mountains.

Applejack's expression as she gazes out on the landscape is about as accurate as it gets. Very few experiences make you feel as happy, excited and mighty at the same time.

The background is given a surprising sense of depth as details fade the farther away from the foreground they are located.

You didn't just capture the beauty of the mountains in the background, you managed to portray the spirit of mountaineering within Applejack as well.
AssasinMonkey's avatar
Ooh, very happy to hear that the feelings got captured, from someone who has been to Scandinavian mountains. :D
I'm glad about that since I haven't been to any mountainous areas myself, but their majesty has still captured my interest for paintings.
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At first glance my eyes begin sobbing from the overload of extreme talent in art.The vision is inspiring to all who see this.The originality smashes the laws of the imagination.The technique should be insured by Lloyd's of London with its massive value.The impact is more intense than an atomic blast!I hope this builds the number of watchers for Assasinmonkey.If it doesn't then it will mean the entire Art community has already add Assasinmonkey to their watch list.I love the background scene by itself. Jackies design is shocking.The MLP production staff needs to hire Assasinmonkey to the staff.Thank you for designing n sharing this scene.
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This is a landscape (fjord) piece with a pony (MLP:FIM-Applejack). The orange and yellow colored pony in the foreground is in contrast to the blue and green midground, this is further enhanced by the light blue and white background. The foreground, midground, and background are represented by the vastly different sizes of the pony to the craggy peaks behind her, this give the viewer a sense of size, scale, and scope. The blurry background and varying brush strokes reminds me of impressionism, however, the pony and foreground is far too clean and sharp for that style. The pony's expression is that of a smile, giving the viewer a feeling of adventure, excitement, and exploration.
LordBurn's avatar
Fjords are fun.  I went to Norway last year and wow was it beautiful.  I think you did them justice.  ^__^
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twoface357's avatar
The landscape works really well with her. Is the background based on somewhere in real life? Because it reminds me of the typical northern Norway scenery.
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I didn't base it on any location in particular, but more on Fjords and similar locations in general, which may be why it feels like a Norway scenery :)
twoface357's avatar
Ah I thought it was neat that it reminded me of a painting by a norwegian painter called Hans Gude. Though I see now that they aren't that simaler. I think it's a really good picture. Did you know that the fjord areas of Norway are known for their apples?
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The-Barinade's avatar
Holy sweet Celestia, this looks marvelous! Every colour is so vivid!
ChuckinBrony's avatar
You're so talented! 
RusReality's avatar
Да, хорошая работа. Yes, it's beautiful artwork.
RandomPerson1310's avatar
She's apples to the Fjord! Yeup!
LuleMT's avatar
Reminds me of Norway :D
EverlastingJoy's avatar
Ooooh! A very nice landscape piece! Bob Ross would be proud :).

AJ's outfit looks really cute on her. A real exploratory get up for a pony like her.
Paulicus1's avatar
Great background! I love the detail in the mountains, and AJ looks right at home in the wilderness. :)

Technically, that's not a fjord. Looks more like a river valley. Still pretty :P
mystic2u's avatar
This is just gorgeous. I wish we saw more of this side from Apple Jack, being wanderlust or just generally going off for long hikes with her sister and having mini-adventures. Really yummy colours and wow, those textures! The water looks on the opaque side, kinda looks like it's been done with gouache (on purpose?) Would like to have seen a touch translucence, but doesn't really matter as the focus is on Apple Jack gazing across the fjord.
Fallen-Sock's avatar
I love how you've done the hair and clothing. It makes it look as if there's a nice breeze :D
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