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Reflect in the city by AssasinMonkey Reflect in the city by AssasinMonkey
So different the piece for this episode compared to previous. Nice experiment, though I don't think I'm exactly happy with the result... *cough*failure*cough*

Much things to tackle, from architecture (still one of my main weaknesses) to simply a city scape, night time and rain combined. Fun to play around with though.

Such changes differ a bit from my take on daylight scenes, would've needed to spend a lot more time in this, but I felt this wasn't the piece to do that with.

Approx time: 5 hours

Reflect in the city [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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I know I don't comment on that much of you art, but I have to say that I'm not surprised that something you consider a "failure" is still this good. There is no question that this needs to be added to my wallpaper collection.

Reaching absolute technical perfection is unnecessary when you manage to create an atmosphere so beautifully. You've taken what happened in the episode and created the feeling of a depressing and rainy city night in a much more realistic looking still image.

You have Rarity looking like she's thoroughly soaked and feeling pathetic as she looks into the window lit with a cold feeling artificial light. This contrasts nicely with the warmth of the streetlights and the downtown area. This makes her choosing to stop where she did seem like a conscious choice on her part, as if she feels she doesn't deserve to be in that happier looking place just ahead.

The way the rain itself was handled also looks nice to me. For some reason the reflections of the lights from the signs is particularly striking. The way it splashes off the taxi seems like it's using slightly bolder strokes than necessary, but it's still effective. I note this because the splashes on the ground look a little narrower to me. Perhaps this was intentional, though, because of the curved roof of the taxi changing the angle of the splash.

There are two things that I do feel are a bit off, but without looking at the picture for awhile I didn't even notice them. One is that the front wheel of the taxi somehow looks a little elongated vertically for it's placement in three dimensional space. The other is that the tops of the tallest buildings in the background seem like their shapes are a little odd, although I could be mistaking some of the raindrops for being parts of them.

The last thing is that I would have put originality higher, but while your vision for this was great I have a hard time giving anyone a 5/5 when the piece is based strongly on a specific scene in a show. That's no knock on you or this piece whatsoever.
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Oh my, that is so (sniff) so beautiful, heartbreaking and everything that should reflect on Rarity's generosity after what she did to her friends in the city. It almost just makes me want to cry. Real badly for Rarity.

And of course, the fan art looks like a paintings made from water colors mixed together with oil pastels of course. Makes the tone of this look dark, cold, sad and blue all at the same time.

Well, I think this is marvelous. I would hope you do more fan arts like this style. Thanks a lot for all the work.
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Aelipse Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2016
What the heck do you mean by failure? This is amazing! Thank you for making and sharing your masterpieces with us.
siriuswerke2 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2016
I must admit that I do not follow this type of character.  However, this scene grabbed my eye because of the coach in the rainy street scene.  The character in the center is poignant, what she (I assume) is gazing at in the window display does not matter.
It is a desire, something we can all emote to, and the sad frustration that we can't have it now, certainly, maybe never.
You call it a failure, I call it beautiful.
AspiePie Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Student General Artist
This is gud!
RukarioTrainer Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015
I love the tone here!
Engavar Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohmygawd this episode... I related so much to rarity, being selfless and getting burnt for it...  the song was nothing to art of the dress, but it was good.  And this artwork is absolutely perfect.  As always :)
PrincessEmbraceMLP Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
goth-of-whoville Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey there! I just wanted to let you know I used this piece in a video of mine…
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Oooh, nice. Thanks for the heads-up, sounds good :D
Dim4life Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
this is really cool.

i really like it
eshumaitreyus Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014
Expressive work is your bailiwick methinks ^-^ Simply haunting...
ihamza995 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
And now alone I stand!
ninllot Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Saga-Sage Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Very impressive work- it's very seemingly immersive.
WaterLily-Gems Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student General Artist
This is really sad and lovely... You really captured that moment in the episode well. 
browntoya Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Student Filmographer
Very nice.
randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Life's hard in the big city Rarity. At least be glad you stayed there not much and didn't became a street dweller.
Still, cool pic.
Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014
Well done.
ZerotheZombie Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Failure? I wish people would appreciate their own talent more... 
Szafirek87 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Sad but... beautiful.
PinkieLoveAll Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
This is really good. I actually feel like it's raining and can practically see her distress.
PinkPrincessBlossom Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thats amazing 
CyphersWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, would you mind if I used this picture in a video on Youtube for a song? I would most assuredly give credit and put a link back to here
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, that'd be awesome. A link back and credit is all I'd ask for. (feel free to drop a link to your song here too if you'd like)
CyphersWolf Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
here is the link, i hope you enjoy :D

CyphersWolf Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!, I'll post a link as soon as its ready :)
DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
So sad and beautiful...
Envirotech Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
From a distance this piece of art was just absolutely stunning!! Capturing a great moment from my favourite episode (Rarity fan here) so far from this season.  I have to say you got the rain effect down really good!  I really like the closer rain falling, but I do agree with the one critique, that near the top of the buildings it distorts the angles (in my view of the piece it appears the buildings taper to a tip).  Confusing of the droplets aside, the city scape looks really really cool!  I'd love to have this hanging in my house as a print if I already didn't have not much wall space left, or a lot more art sitting around flat waiting to find home in a frame one day.  My only critique I wanted to add, was that Rarity's mane/tail seems to get a bit lost in the rain, I know it's a messy wet mane. But for my closer inspection on the larger image, they seem, as more lost strands/lines..  But again, I don't think I'm one to judge art too often. Overall, the scene as a whole, I love it,  it's a really cool piece of art!!
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hehe yea, architecture is one of those things I got to get my hooves on more often. Plenty of work to be done there.
I slightly rushed through Rarity, I guess that showed heh.
It's still great to be see that there's still other things going on that keep the piece together, something that became blurred to me I barely noticed it until all the replies. Thank you.
Envirotech Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
no problem ^_^
Bropony2010 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Reminds me to my home in berlin. Epic and beautiful scene redone from the best episode till now. Thank you!
TheBurningMouse Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So bloody lovely!
SnipersWife Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is very Exceptional~
I really love the colors that show how dark and gloomy Rarity is feeling!!!
Excellent Job~
Gittons Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
i love your work, this is amazing.
lubie-kisiel Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Woah, it's gorgeous. The painting effect is amazing. Lighting and shading look wondeful. All background looks really epic ;u;.
ShootingFeather Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
D'aaaww!! por Rarity!!! :iconraritypoutplz:
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
I just love city scapes, especially one with this kind of street level angle at night.

It fits and sets the tone so well for Rarity and this piece in general.
Applejack2011 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
The livestream send me here.
GySGtGibbs Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is good.
MaggyMss Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

Twylite-Sparkle Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great; reflects the mood well.
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Artist
Another lovely work, Monkey :)
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
So sad and beautiful! I love the intensity of this scene in the episode and Rarity's loneliness!
Makotodays Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
So great!
Nophera Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Reminds me of Nighthawks.
Robsa990 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why can't I grasp drawing good backgrounds like this? This is AWESOME!
cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
Another wonderful piece, another featuring on EQD.

Yes. I'm not kiding. As the header.… . Even if you think this as a failure.

You must be getting used to it. That wet mane Rarity had its effects on artits.
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AZREAL258 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
This is awesome you convey the emotion and power of the scene perfectly.
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