This is a 6 hour experimental piece that I did today. The media is my usual colored pencil, however the piece was done on black paper which gives it a different feel and required me to tackle the piece differently. I worked very loosely and quickly. I only worried about blocking in broad areas of color, then went back tighten the piece up some. However only put in a few suggested details. Instead it is lighting that makes this work and makes the viewer imagine it as being more detailed than it is.
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Edit: Dec 9th I am very honored that this piece was used as the front piece for Early Morning Discussion #365 link
His untapped potential appeals to me in several dark ways.
Sombra represents Equestria and the Crystal Empire's crimes of Racial Injustice and Genocide against the Umbran species.
Lied to by Amore and allowed to suffer without reason and explanation for many years.
Sombra metes out justice on Amore, only to be accused of being a monster by Radiant Hope.
After rightfully claiming the Crystal Throne, he punishes the Crystal Ponies by having them unearth and restore his species to existence.
But by the wickedness of interlopers, he is cheated of his throne, his domain, his servants, and his destiny.
He was utterly foiled, shattered, and replaced by false and undeserving usurpers... not in the name of love and justice... but in the name of this status quo: To keep the Umbrans as buried memories.
Add to the final note that Celestia secretly express affection for a Sombra from an alternate universe and abhors the Sombra of her own world and you realize that Celestia is a despicable hypocrite.
Equestria and the Crystal Empire preach their empty lies of friendship, harmony, hope, and love but they are proof that there is no such thing as coexistence, tolerance, and equality; They won't allow the Umbrans even their most basic rights to live and exist.
Because they rightfully fear them as their own sins made manifest.
Their status quo to keep the Umbran as buried memories... it is only feeding the fire to an eternal cycle of vengeance.
And no matter what is done, it is absolutely pointless to fight shadows as long as the sun is still alive.
The Equestrian and Crystal ponies will ultimately get what they richly deserve from the Umbrans... because Justice is never always blind and discriminatory.
Please pardon all of the contempt you sense in this rambling.
This is how I feel a true Umbran would see things as they are.
Anything else you read into is what you bring to the table. He does not appeal to me at all. He is intriguing to me, but that is different. I will study individuals like him as a way to better understand the full range of the human condition. The same way I've read about Pol Pot, Stalin, Hitler and the Spanish Inquisition. I view them as being cautionary tale. However you position on the subject is quite clear, and I am not in the mood to go into a long drawn out argument about the difference between show canon and the comic canon.
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Odorless mineral spirits, also referred to odorless turpentine and other names. I use it to dissolve the wax in the colored pencil and Prismacolor Artstixs that I use. It allows me to more evenly blend the color and it removes most of the wax from the working surface so I can apply layer after layer of color while avoiding the heavy wax build up that can make working in colored pencil difficult.