It's a digital painting. All photoshop.
So then I thought. I can probably not afford an actually awesome plush from her anytime soon, so I'll just paint my own right?! Having a little fun, with Applejack.
Intended to just keep it a speed painting, but it started involving several other things I've been wanting to do and have done in the past. Making something look like a figurine was where my entire current style came from (e.g. The Apple's Figure
), and plushies are basically fabric figurines anyway right?
There was also the material practice. This ain't exactly my usual material I paint, so that was fun to figure out the intricate gradients for. But I also had to figure out how the colours worked with it. I wasn't exactly referencing an Orange pony, quite the opposite hah. So had to do some research on that and settle with something I thought made sense.
Then there's little things that fascinated me, like the darkness of the top of the nose, how that's done due to the material and light setup. Just wanted to paint that, because usually my nose tops are brighter lit.
And in the end there's the balance of how much refinement is needed to get the photo effect across, and not doing much more for little added impact.
Edit: The hair was my biggest struggle I think, because it was also the main thing that was my own design. I didn't base that on an existing plush, just my own regular hair style sketching. So I had to figure out how to translate that into plush myself.
Of course, it was all a scheme to just make another Applejack.
Approx Time: 5 hours