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Into Harmony

The Finale art continues!
I couldn't leaf it alone, although I had to branch out away from the characters a bit.

This piece challenged my approach and then I cut corner :XD:
Changed the initial perspective a lot. That box was like 10 times bigger at first, trying to create a low camera. But noooo, monkey had to go more passive.
Did end up including a bit of Applejack because of that though! Show at least a slight story to it.

Anyhow, darn... tree, I ain't used to this shape and the light setting didn't help either. So many glowy bits. I should maybe redefine my approach a bit with this kind of piece.
Crystal stuff.

I guess maybe these kinds of materials come a bit less natural on the cleaning&detailing part. Where with characters I can do things like little hair strands or fur on a defined shape, crystal trees require something else. Oh well, hehe.
Silly monkey also just "rushing" through it a bit. Maybe not my strongest piece in the S4 Finale line

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Into Harmony [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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jamglo's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Friend you really were with this image, the colors are really impressive, very well defined this shadow effect, the Fund is clearly detailed with all the features well laid, the color of the flashing light from each of the flowers and crystals on the walls just left me speechless. In this image you can capture not only the passion that you placed in it but also the magic that represents that place and the way in which this radiates from the tree.

well in a nutshell what I mean is that your artistic work is formidable, you always have grandiose and spectacular ideas which are an honor to admire.
QwixLochflow's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

...Wow, I haven't heard those puns before. *rolls eyes* Haha, just kidding! Let's get to the root of the critique here: this piece.

Locale-based MLP art is somewhat rare in my experience (which is what warrants the 4.5 star on originality rather than just 4), so I'm glad such a talented artist as yourself is doing these Finale art works. I didn't see AJ at first, and I still had to play a Where's Waldo hunt to find her, but I blame that on my personal computer having darker display settings than normal. Being the focus is the locale, she isn't meant to be important to the picture overall, but her presence does add a certain intelligent je ne sais quos to the picture.

You have a point about crystal textures, they require a slightly different rendering treatment to organic structures. The tree, being a bit of both, would be naturally tricky. You, however you think you rushed it, tackled this in a logical manner; even though the tree is of an organic shape (and a well done one at that) the color and lighting properly manage to sell its crystal nature.

Actually, the tree's translucency reminds me of your S4E24 art, the one about Spike blasting that glacier at Equestria Games. Considering the material, the choice to add tinges of color on the inside of the tree, plus the gnarled, twisted shape of the tree in this one helps differentiate crystal from the ice in that piece. And that is no small feet; being materials that are easily mistaken for each other, you have done excellently in this regard.

Perhaps I'm barking, but I can't see how this is rushed. Even if it could be clearer and more defined on the brushstrokes, sometimes a fast and loose approach can strengthen a work. For example, Picasso's Impression: Sunrise piece, and for that matter, the entire Impressionistic movement in general. While this work is nowhere near as loose as that one, the point still stands; sometimes a little looseness is good.

But that isn't so here. Digital work has the major advantage over traditional over the area of small detail work; here it is as apparent as the sun. So even if you think it's loose and rushed, remember that it still is a piece filled to the brim with the things that keep a viewer looking, for there is much to notice, big and small.

It is a marvelous piece, worthy of any collection; I'm putting it in my trunk.
Luspear-Soram's avatar
Wow. The tree of Harmony is so pretty.
killerrotoz's avatar
I used this as the cover for my story on Fimfiction, I also added the title of the story on the top.

I made it clear that I added the title myself and all credit goes to you, if you want me to not use it just give me the say so.
InteriaMelody's avatar
Your art is awesome can I use part of it as backgraund? I will credit you
C-blaze21's avatar
So Amazing!!!!!!!!!
ChiptuneBrony's avatar
This looks beautiful...
The details, she lighting, and the shading. They all look perfect~ :3
Can I use that for a music video I'm going to do, btw?
Pomalong's avatar
Hello, not sure if anyone has contacted you about this or not, but a person name Kyle Rene D on Redbubble has been using and selling this work. Was checking to see if they had your permission. Here's the link if you haven't seen it yet:…
AssasinMonkey's avatar
Oh yea, I caught on with that earlier on today through some of the other artist. Basically it's safe to say said person has no permission for any of the art in there.
Thanks for mentioning it though! Better to make sure everyone knows with these kind of things. There's also been a lot of fandom support already, which is really great to see. It makes all the artist's situation that much easier to handle, knowing they're not alone.
Pomalong's avatar
You're very welcome. I'm not what I'd call anything close to the best artist in the world, and every day I try to get better. I find it devastating to see people steal and misuse other people's work, when the artist had to work so hard to get there themselves. I'd only hope someone would do the same for me if it ever happened. :) Either way, I'm grateful that the fans and other artists are so on top of it then, hopefully all of the artists have been notified and are doing what they can.
The-Barinade's avatar
This is fantastic! I absolutely love it!
CaldoRosa's avatar
Very impressive
FaithFirefly's avatar
Cool angle!! O_O
ijustloveit619's avatar
I wonder if the tree can protect itself cause the series showed that discord CAME IN CONTACT with it, not a good sign when a real bady wants to touch it XD
SilverWing27's avatar
So beautiful and untouched by time. :D
This artwork is beautiful! I was wondering if I could have your permission to use this art for a My Little Pony playmat? It would be for personal use playing the card game and I would not alter the image, just have it printed on the playmat. 
AssasinMonkey's avatar
Thanks! I'm fine with the print for personal use :)
Thank you so much! :)
Phenometron's avatar
What a gorgeous tree.
Kujiiro's avatar
The dramatic feel of these finale pieces is awesome.
I actually had to look for the ponies to find them, haha. Totally didn't see that at first.
tophxomi's avatar
So amazing! The detail is incredible!
DoughnutJoe's avatar
Very atmospheric. I quite like it. Is Applejack holding her key in her mouth? There's something there, and I assume she isn't smoking a cigar. :)
AssasinMonkey's avatar
:XD: she is indeed holding her Key. Tried to do that so it looks more like the scene took place during the finale rather than the premiere.
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