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Sol for the Celestial

There's something relaxing about just taking a square canvas and making a basic portrait in it. Helps when it works out of course, but still hah. And why not make Celestia? I often end up making at least a couple Celestia pieces each year. Maybe her sister will show up in the future as well. We'll see.

I seem to get in just the right mindset with these, from playing around with the face shape, the ear, and then especially the hair. Not getting locked in trying to make it look close to the show's hairstyle, but at most just taking some general aspects from it.
Then I had to decide how I was actually going to make her hair look like visually in the first place... stumbling across this. Happy accident!

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy! T'was fun to make this one!

PS: Made on a single layer. I only duplicated it for WIP purposes.

Approx Time: 7,5 hours
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Sol for the Celestial [WIP] by AssasinMonkeyJewel in the Rough by AssasinMonkeyFacet of the Gem by AssasinMonkey

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Brutus-Maximus's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

Well, the first thing that stands out about Celestia is her beauty, and you've captured it very well. You've made the overall atmosphere surrounding her a little darker than one would expect from the Princess of the Sun, but it really seems to compliment her here.

How you styled her hair, her simple smile, and the attention to detail and the shading of the inside of her ear are amazing. I say this because I know that ears are some of the hardest features to replicate. And when I look into her eyes I can't help but wonder, "What is she thinking?"
skodadav's avatar
:star::star::star::star-half::star-empty: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star-empty::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star-empty::star-empty::star-empty: Impact

Your portraiture style is getting better and better. I have almost nothing to say about her face or the shading, it's too well done. The red blunt on her cheek I find i little bit too agressive, but I get it - subsurface scattering, maybe turn down the opacity a little bit or try to incorporate the color into the base celestia skin color overall, just very mildly. The eye detail is astounding, I have no idea how you managed to get the eye look so "eyeish" without using big reflections. The shade around the corner of her eye seems a little bit off, like you were unsure about the shape of the head there, but that's really nothing. The sharp shade on her neck also feels a bit unnatural and honestly - whether it's the shade thrown by her head or shading of neck muscles, the sharp edge doesn't belong there, I'm pretty sure of that.

The hair look a lot like porcelain, all shiny and sparkling, which gives it nice feeling of detail, but I also wonder, how else could you do it to maintain the feeling yet not make it look like statue or glass... humour me <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/> But the reflections there, provided it is glass, are right on spot, that part you have covered very well. The crown sadly gets little bit lost in the darkness of the background, which is pity (such a beautiful crown...).

Now the background I get, but the "crosshair" pointing directly on top of her horn - was it your intention, or mistake? If intention, then OK, if mistake, well... it just hits me in the eye <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="366" title=":D (Big Grin)"/> I know it's supposed to be star, but how it found it's way right on that one spot just leaves me wondering... I mean, what are the odds?

I sure would appreciate more hard lines in your images, but this is your own style and I won't push you to do something you are not comfortable with, I'm just saying you can do it. Those last images look great from afar, but when I fullscreen it, even on my laptop monitor I can see it's very blurry on the edges and the initial feeling of the detail is kinda lost. I know it's caused by working in what, 2 layers? Or something like that, but again - you can do better <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>

I didn't give much for originality, since it's another one of pony headshots, which you have your gallery stacked with now, but the hair is new, so I give credit there. Overall impact is hard to rate, sure has atmosphere and the hair is stylish, we might see more like that from now on, but for me, the impact isn't really there, not like with the wingless pegasus you painted few weeks back, that's what I imagine under the word impact.

But I give close to full score for Vision and Technique, what could be sayed I sayed, there is not much more for you to learn there, maybe it's time you focused on other aspects of your artwork <img src="…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
Dragunique's avatar
This was a good picture to share. I love Celestia. Sadly some asses apparently thought too much for them to digest... I hate idiots..
skodadav's avatar
It's beautiful picture, and as such it's hard to find flaws, but that's what critique is about, helps author get better, helps me too. Dont't get me wrong here pal, I adore all of AM's work, he's great inspiration to all of us, but since honest critique is requested, it's kinda rude to ignore it - and trust me, finding what's wrong with great picture is hard work. I won't reply on anything here again, fighting in comments is inappropriate.
CandyTheevil's avatar
i thought the your critique was rather fair, i understood the gripe about the crown its really dark further down and the hair is distractingly good... BUT there is a fine line between nitpicking and a fair critique, i don't think your supposed to look all that hard to "find" a flaw rather than it just being noticeable straight up tbh i didn't really see anything else you pointed out
(Sorry this is here) Sweating a little... 

wow what detailed work! Im impressed!

ChocolateBat04's avatar
sol actually means sun in swedish <:
JuliaewTFM's avatar
Sol means sun in brazilian portuguese too
Brianna330's avatar
SINGLE. Layer!?!?! OoO

This is madness! And beautiful... ^_^
twisrterfenix's avatar
you know, luna is missing in this style
MidnightMillionaire's avatar
shut up tia is da best -u-
TwistedUnicorn97's avatar
Wow that is beautiful... <3
SentireAeris's avatar
The eyes, dear god the eyes are amazing! :O
suntwilig's avatar
looks wunderfull
TooCliched's avatar
Astroanimations's avatar
amazing, just a can say that.
AspiePie's avatar
excellent.. you should be proud...
Joakaha's avatar
LaudsBell's avatar
My goodness! THIS... on a single layer! You, sir, are crazy! Quite, quite mad.

Therefore you have earned my watch.
Warriors77495's avatar
This is amazing, it looks almost real!
DeppressedUnicorn's avatar
La la la la WOW! So pretty! so BEAUTIFUL! Heart Heart Heart Heart 
Vasillium's avatar
She so lovely!!!
Pinkie (Happy tears) Plz 
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