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We Rock

New awesome episode I'd say, warrants some art. Had different choices but apparently went for the full environmental piece! Now that's a first I think (at least where there's no ponies at all)

So nice to see the mane 6 families being touched on again, even if it's 1 character that was more than enough for a great episode. The humour, sadness, characters, good fun.

This painting took me longer than should, but heh, environments, especially those containing architecture are not my strongest point. :|
With all the clouds in the scene it looked like a very ambient lighted place, what cloudy does. Lower contrast not harsh shadows, went for that first but I slightly upped the contrast in the end. Not too much hopefully.
Also, clouds

Approx Time: 6,5 hours
We Rock [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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WingmanRed's avatar
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star: Impact

Fantastic work!
Nearly 7 hours I wouldn't say is very long at all so well done with sticking to it and finishing it! Even though you may think your architecture is not good I would object and say that is is true to the original design of the time and place and the detail is impressive. The clouds look very artistic and blends in well with the background of mountains and distant trees. The foregrounds detail is nice and with the trees lacking the foliage its nice to see some underbrush that seems to be thriving.
It just goes to show that even if there are no ponies or other characters in the image your able to create a truly interesting scene to marvel at.
Very good job keep up the great work!
ABusyPharaoh-Msf's avatar
Hi I would love to use this as a background in a request for a cover I'm doing I will give proper credit and will help you get more followers
gosukidxmusic's avatar
Very nice! is it your house? hehe jks.. i love it.
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BenCooneyTheGuardian's avatar
Wha?... What happened there?!
BBOFF's avatar
It's very gloomy. The lighting is well done and it feels very real to me. It really does have the feel of dark, stormy clouds with a some thinner ones letting in a little light.
itsandydraws's avatar
Whoa, reminds me of van Gogh. Cool!
ritsl's avatar
I've always pictured the rock farm as being initially inhospitable, dead, and very imposing, but upon closer inspection, it is a place full of life and warmth.  You've pretty much nailed that with this picture; the color choices are gloomy but still bright.  The brush strokes are flowing and organic.  The highlights on the ground create a sort of path up to the house, which although looks a bit rundown, is not dilapidated, nor are any of the other structures like the windmill or fences.

All in all a very nice work.
Mokey1980s's avatar
Hauntingly beautiful would be 2 words that I could describe this best.

Nice work =)
very nice, like the dark overcast
KlarkKentThe3rd's avatar
This is exactly how lighting on a cloudy day would look like.
CMC--Scootaloo's avatar
Very creepy picture. Spooky, abandoned, haunted rock farm.
Someone has to write a fic about that.
I really like your picture. It gives me the creeps.

Out of curiosity, what were the other things you thought about drawing for this episode?
AssasinMonkey's avatar
One of the other ideas I had was an action scene of Maud vs Rock slider. Or just Maud, or Boulder and Maud. Or the Nuclear Stone haha
CMC--Scootaloo's avatar
Wow, the nuclear stone in your drawing style would look so awesome, it would look totally apocalyptic!
GUILLE832's avatar
You had to make the punchline, didn´t you? Well, it was worth it XD Spectacular job by the way. One of your best works, at least what concerns to landscapes
DeJiKo07's avatar
Fascinating work! I love the subdued tone of the rock farm compared to Ponyville! :)
templar127's avatar
:iconfluttershyyayplz: You rock! Woohoo!
Smudge-Proof's avatar
Very nice. May I ask what filters you used at the end?
AssasinMonkey's avatar
For the final steps I used different adjustment layers along with some other things.
Playing around with colour balance is one of my more common final steps, also curves for the contrast if needed and some manual adjustments afterwards. (refining or adding bloom, fog etc.)

Then I sometimes makes things slightly softer/bloom by copying entire image on new layer, a blur (Gaussian usually), putting it on overlay or soft light and lowering the contrast dramatically on it with curves (vertically moving the 2 points towards each other)
Sometimes I also use lens correction for some vignette and chromatic aberration.

I do often play around with those things here and there and sometimes try new things, but I hope this gives you a general idea of what I might end up doing at the end.
PheiPlushies's avatar
Very scenic and I absolutely love it, but I wonder - why did you add chromatic aberration? To make it look like it was taken with an actual camera?
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