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Steadfast Apple

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Because I did not have enough Apple in the last weeks

Wanted to do something more rough, dirty brushwork but also drama, movement, and not spending to much time. Changelings are a great opponent in MLP pieces :XD:

Spend minimal time putting down the values, kinda following the lines of 'Toadily a swamp' and 'Dragon Repellent Required'
Still different, though. WIP shows my early silhouette and sketch work, which functioned as a base for "softer" brushwork on top. Working directly with colours, though I of course adjusted those at the end.

Anyhow, so here we go, another pony centric MLP piece again in my gallery, and another Applejack :D

Approx Time: 5 hours
Steadfast Apple [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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This is AMAZING!!!! OMG! Applejack's mane and tail are so frizzy-looking. Love that! The changlings are seriously evil, while Applejack is taking this battle seriously. This is going to be the best shot of a really famous mlp moive (My opinion) I also see that you added some effects the first thing I noticed was the backgrounds' colors it looks like blended earth tones, the second thing that was effects are the chagling's, the last effect that Apple jack is cryig !!! A little! How cool, wiclked-cool right? The really cool, awesome, and amazing part of this work of art is that seem to blend through or meet and made earth tones. Keep up the good work
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I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS PIECE! The way you, somehow, manage to show more realism in Applejack's mane and tail is outstanding! I can actually picture this as an action shot in some dark MLP-like movie or something. You actually give the Changeling drones more ferocity (And justice, in my opinion) then most, including the Canon depictions of them. There is a very nice blending of colors and a nice contrast with the foreground (Where Applejack is) and the background, with the whole "fading" technique and such. This is quite a masterpiece, and I would view this as on par with some of the Masterpieces of some of the famous artists, like Van Gough.
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Winning the war one dislocated jaw at a time. Nice one.

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I know this is old; but did this person have your permission?
mlp base.: WTF IS THISSSSSSSSS?????
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SaphkeyHobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderfull depth!
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Jose-RamiroHobbyist Traditional Artist
She's ready to beat them all.
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This is beautiful! I particularly love the muted color palette--it really makes you feel as if you're in the middle of a battle.
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The tears really add a whole new mood to this image. Bravo. 
MagicBIaze's avatar
Yep good luck AJ.
[She's gonna get pwn. :l]
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Whoa. Looks very cinematic. Nice motion and atmosphere
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Awesome job! :D
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I love you.
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Wow.  Great composition.  You really have captured the feeling of a melee!
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Applejack appears to be in a surprised/defensive pose.  What I find impressive is her immediate reaction reflects far more fury than fear. 

It's difficult to determine the location - is this in a cave (my daughter's thought) or in a forest? (My thought)
The title suggests that she has been tasked with defending a position.  Good choice.

Excellent job of straddling the more complex medium and the flash style of the show, a difficult transition to be sure. 

With your permission I'd like to include this in the second book of an epic that will take AJ outside (way outside) of Ponyville.
The first book is almost complete.  If you're interested in some more details, let me know.

I too, love Applejack. Utterly.  In fact the first time I saw Simple Ways I spoke the exact words as Trenderhoof said them because I exactly what I would say in that situation:

Who - Is - That???!!
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Wow... I just.. wow. I've never ever thought of MLP FiM as having the potential to be epic... until now. It's hard to believe you've based that off a cartoon series. The composition, lighting colours... just. Seriously awesome dude!
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Love the dynamic action!
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IhniwidHobbyist General Artist
Woah! Now this, this is a drawing I need the story behind.
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Nice!!! Looks awesome!!! :D :D :D
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i love the messy brush strokes!
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This is very gritty (in a good way). AJ being a total badass.
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Amazing ! :D
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