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Day and Night

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It was a delight to see Discord return for the latest episode, so it's about time that I made a proper piece for this guy. Although I've drawn him once playing a board game with Luna, that's one still feels a bit sketchy. Here I wanted to make a properly thought out and polished work, dedicated to the one and only king of chaos.

To illustrate his role as a trickster, I wanted to do something with an optical illusion. Initially I was thinking about a variation on Escher's Dragon. That turned out to be a bit tricky with Discord's anatomy, so I went with a foreground/background illusion instead. The art style was a natural choice, though influenced a bit by my desire to make some vector art.

After the first sketch I was a bit worried if this was going to work at all. Luckily, with some tweaking the idea became slowly more concrete. When the background elements were added, it truly came together as the illusion I'd imagined. Interestingly, the day versus night theme wasn't part of my original idea, but formed when I started to add the background to the image. This way the piece and its title also became a reference to Escher's Day and Night, which is based on the same illusion.

Created with Inkscape.


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Discord from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (c) Hasbro
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NextGenAnimaton's avatar
Discolored, I'm howlin at the moon. And sllepin in the middle of a summer afternoon. DISCOOORRD what ever did we do to make you take our world awaaaayyyyy!!!!!!!!