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Rock Solid Grotto

New MLP Episode inspired art for my MLP Season 7 Episode Art collection!
Season 7, Episode 4: Rock Solid Friendship

Oh gosh, I'm not an environment artist haha. Or at least it always feels that way doing them, I do things non-optimal, just chaotic all over the place. Working too small, or too rough, or something. I need to find that balance. But I'm also inclined to just take smaller elements and make em more polished. Like I usually do with characters.

Anyhow, hope it looks alrighty. Scenes like these are always a bit of a challenge, translating characters from showstyle into my own is one thing, but having an environment is a whole different story. I worry too much about proportions, positioning, environmental details and landmarks, all those things. Then also figuring out how to paint said stuff. Then the lighting hah.

Kinda funny in the episode, when the camera zooms out in this place you can actually see some of the rocks that are supposed to be in the water, first moving with the rest of the ground separate from that water they're supposed to be in. But compared to most episodes it gave the clearest idea of proportions, positioning, layering and all that then most times. Still, I ended up just rolling with whatever seemed to flow easiest haha.

The episode was pretty awesome though! Nick makes some great episodes. (Was really fun getting to meet him at BABS! Especially once I actually realised it was him when he was already buying one of my prints haha) The pacing felt just right again, also with fast paced Pinkie and slower Maud, Starlight adding a nice dynamic to it storywise, a fun and still realistic moral of the story as well. Rang some good bells.

Hope y'all enjoyed!


Approx Time: 8~9 hours
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Rock Solid Grotto [WIP] by AssasinMonkey


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Tito-Mosquito's avatar
It's like a beautiful lost world. :D
CollinMagney's avatar
This looks gorgeous! :love:
TheSeerLlama's avatar
This has got to be one of my favorite pieces you've done, and one of my favorite episodes! IT'S SO COLORFUL I CAN'T 
Timelord909's avatar
i wanna live there
xHelloBeautifulx's avatar
Holy, exquisitely wondrous! This Mystical Rock Solid Grotto is stunning and Maud Pie and Starlight Glimmer look incredible! The designs, expressions, poses, river, waterfalls, water, reflection, cave, walls, mountainside, ledges, cliffs, sunlight, rays, gleam, glow, crystals, gems, archway, flowers, mushrooms, trees, vines, lily pads, bushes, plant life, expressions, poses, helmets, sparkles, flow, movement, effects, perspective, realisticness, atmosphere, hues, textures, concept, composition, uniqueness, colors, lighting, style, and other details are also sensational! Amazingly beautiful work! :iconfantasticplz:
EverlastingJoy's avatar
You might not be an environment artist as you claim, yet you knocked this out of the park! This looks like what I'd expect out of your quality AM, and this scene was gorgeous itself.
MasterVule's avatar
beautiful ^^ And very colorful!
Paedophryne's avatar
Amazing colours!:happybounce: 
CumuloSpark27's avatar
kaosugan's avatar
Beautiful scenery and colors.
Alexandra-Animates13's avatar
what ponies think (other side)
|.AppleJack's Hair.|Eqg Legend Of Everfree Emote :this is so amazing my hair is glitch blowing
Pinkie pie EqG (drugs) plz :well I wish I was there (exept I was)
Fluttershy EqG (walking with animal friends) plz :so natural
EqG Rainbow Dash (Laid-back) Plz :I could build something that awesome in 5 minutes (maybe not)
EQG Rarity Icon #22 :aaaah so pretty
twilight sparkle EqG (ah) plz :woah


*camouflages in the grass*
>8)....
Sweet-Blasphemy-MLP's avatar
love your art so much, this is gorgeous!
cajobif's avatar
Awesome work
MightyMorphinPower4's avatar
Beautiful and gorgeous work here
IBAIPshow's avatar
#Wonderful food for the soul /)
Ganondox's avatar
Such a gorgeous scene. 
SeriousJupiter's avatar
Beautiful. This was one of the episode's best scenes.
Mokey1980s's avatar
You did a real bang up job =)
BB-K's avatar
Ooo, all full of jewels. :o
Art-in-heart4va's avatar
not to draw her bed and stuff in this place 2, plz
seniumboy's avatar
How the hell did this get done so fast? This looks like it would need to take a few days at least. This is seriously impressive.
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