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From End To Beginning

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For his story 'Dominant Species' :…

In terms of first day I began on this to finished it took me a bit longer than expected. The hours got a bit stretched across the months. But I think in the end, the result was worth it. Had a massive boost in productivity in this last week, managing to round up all the sketches and concept, then just fly through all the shading and details.

Great scope to work on in a fun way. Had fun designing dragons, for which this was a great excuse haha. (You might've remembered the sudden dragon designs from a while a go, that was mainly because of this piece)

Anywho, hope y'all enjoy the piece, and of course also for those who read are going to read the fanfic tied to it, enjoy the read :D

Approx time: Total unknown. Shading&detailing ~ 17 hours
From End To Beginning [WIP] by AssasinMonkey

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One-Eyed-Doe's avatar
:star::star::star::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Technique
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

I think this piece is over all very beautifully composed, but It's missing a few key elements that could help engulf the viewer into the scene.

The color palette has a lot of potential, but the lighting elements themselves are confusing. The glow and atmosphere around twilight are great. The glow from underneath and motion of the small glowing accents bring teleportation to mind. The high contrast seems appropriate for what looks like a sunset but Celestia is mysteriously spotlighted, her horn glow is similar to what is highlighting Twilight but she lacks the high contrast of the yellow highlights. The spotlight is visually appealing but it takes her away from the scene when it looks as though she will be the one staying behind. To bring her back into the image the use of similar spotlighting elements in the background (sun beams?) would be a nice touch especially added to the dragon, giving them a similar visual connection.

This scene is highly emotional, you can feel the connection between the characters but the composition isn't complementary to the scene. The rule of thirds would have helped guide the eye to the key elements here. The attention to detail is astounding but a more natural blur to the background would help keep the focus on the event that is unfolding rather than letting the eyes drift off into the bright back light. Something about this image gives the impression that the mood would be more fitting if the sky and background were as dark as the middle foreground.

Each of the characters here are lovely in their own light but in cropping them individually, it seems each of them are from a different image entirely. This piece has so much potential and is already such a beautifully composed piece, a little more refining and focus on further elements of realism outside of coloring and shading would polish this piece. Without further elements of realism to complement your beautiful coloring techniques it seems like there is something missing.

I hope to see more! You're paintings are wonderful.
Wolfalope's avatar
: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

Your technical skill, sense of space, composition, lighting, color expressions and theme are all breathtaking! I feel like I'm seriously looking at a Renaissance piece. My eyes are continually drawn from one character to the next. I love how the dragon is placed right in the center of the brightest part of the sky: a figure of darkness surrounded by light. I also love the juxtaposition of the blinding blue/white sky with the simmering orange of the forest below. My eyes keep coming to rest on Twilight though. Maybe it's because her body position and expression express such a sense of pure helplessness, I just want to jump through my computer and fight that dragon myself. Maybe it's because of DAT ASS. (Yes, I went there)

My one and only critique would be this. Celestia's neck looks like it weighs as much as the rest of her body. I'm looking at the official vectors and I know she has a big neck, but it just seems a little beefy here.

Other than that, this is perfect.
Thatpaperhat's avatar
:star::star::star::star: 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-empty: Impact

I know I've not done a Critique in a while. So i thought of doing one. So excuse my sloppy Critiquing skills. Even though I haven't read the fanfic yet. So excuse me on that as well.

For one thing, when I first pulled this up on my computer I first thought was what a scene that we have here. I thought that this showed a whole collage of emotion and suspense.

The shading and highlights that are added in this picture are well done. It sure gives the picture the emotion and form that it needs.

For what I can tell this was put together well for the viewer to at least get the idea at whats going on, even for those who haven't quite read the fanfic yet. Thats what I thought anyways.

So, I enjoyed this picture vary much and it really made an impression in my mind.
Soulymans-real-self's avatar
Is there a Fan-Fic of this? 
Thatpaperhat's avatar
well its a Fan–Fic story more or less. it was in the description. sorta forgot to say story at the end. my bad
BumbleBun's avatar
Not suprising but art was stolen and being sold at Aliexpress:…
Sweet-Blasphemy-MLP's avatar
this is stunningly beautiful! amazing
WidowPeak's avatar
I wonder why the author stopped using it...
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
Man, if the dragon kills Celestia (and it looks like (s)he will),
(s)he's so going to get turned into handbags after being skinned.
MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Awesome and moving work here
uomiii's avatar
I hope you had a great time at hearths warming con! I love the print of chibi pinkie with her cake! It's on my wall with all the other amazing art! 
EbonyManta's avatar
Interesting... the first thing I was reminded of when seeing this image, was the "End of an Era" cinematic from Final Fantasy XIV. So I got this image of a losing battle where Celestia uses the last of her power to save Twilight...
ColonelBSacquet's avatar
So freaking sad, matey. :-(
Ashkankhelghati's avatar
This is can not be happening in this cartoon.
Bron3Gamer's avatar
I really like this. It shows a more tragic side of mlp that fans often wonder about. However, the front left leg of twilight seems a bit too fluid, but that is just me.
farahin001's avatar
I'm cry right now.Waaaah! this is so wonderful.
iMioKun's avatar
Hi Monkey Assassin
I took your picture to make a visual test.
Tell me what you think?…
DeathAlchemist94's avatar
"Pain! Agony! My hatred burns through the cavernous deeps! The world heaves with my torment! Its retched kingdoms quake with my rage! But at last, the whole of Equestria will break and all will burn beneath the shadow of my wings!"…
EmeraldFire909's avatar
No words can describe a mothers sacrifce
FTYeaN's avatar
Farewell, my faithful student...

I'm tearing up, just by looking at this... Rainbow Dash (cry) plz
Seiya-Meteorite's avatar
What's going on?

LOOK OUT, CELESTIA!!! :shocked:

*jumps in the way to protect the Princess of the Sun*
Quicksilver1987's avatar
*flies past in Super Sayin form toward the beast* COME AT ME BRAH!! 
Seiya-Meteorite's avatar
*the dragon releases his fire breath*
Warrior20198's avatar
AT4 Firing away!
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