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Biting Cold of a Stubborn Heart by Devinian Biting Cold of a Stubborn Heart by Devinian
I know, I'm kinda late with this one. Still, the episode is worth reminding of. Hearth's Warming Tail was our mandatory "Scrooge episode" that every self-respecting TV show requires. To me it's some sort of Show's rite of passage and they did an excellent job keeping it entirely in pony lore. Starlight in the role of Snowfall Frost just grabbed me by the heart.
Lately I didn't have a chance to paint any winter scenery, so this was as good an excuse as any. Playing around with lights and shadows is more satisfying when the snow is involved.
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FrustratedInExcelsis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I remember seeing your works all over Deviantart, but I never realized they were all made by the same person until, oh, a couple minutes ago. Imagine my surprise when I realized all those gorgeous, gorgeous landscapes and paintings were all made by the same artist!
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Bisougai Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2017
Hi ! I discover your works recently and i really love your style of details and environment !

You create really good artworks. Can't wait for new ones <3
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2017
Another fantastic job with the environment and mood. You never cease to impress!
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MissMikkiMouse Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
Absolutely incredible, as freaking always. The snow and the clouds just looks so fluffy! The texture of the ice looks so realistic, and just, man. Incredible. And I love that Starlight is Scrooge, hehe! You're so fantastic. It's winter in the Southern Hemisphere, so it works alright if you ask me xD
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Devinian Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Sadly it didn't get as much attention as I was hoping for. Apparently something I'm actually proud of won't be as popular as something I think I should be improving. I can never tell what people will enjoy more. Oh well... I can still continue doing what I like. I'm just sad for this picture :) Starlight is still the best.
PS. I can't find you in my notes anymore.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love the lighting and little details you put in this piece, such as the condensating breath, the lighting indoors, the misty atmosphere, all of this is very wintery and beautiful.
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Vile-Flesh Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
BEAUTIFUL
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PaladinPainter Featured By Owner May 22, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic !
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Fixap Featured By Owner May 22, 2017
NICE!
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octobersanctuary Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Phew, whenever you do an illustration you really knock it out of the ballpark
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xargos32 Featured By Owner May 21, 2017
Late or not this is beautiful!
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ToastyTop Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the coloring and shading. Keep up the good work. 
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Winree Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so gorgeous~~~  I love the feel of it, and every little detail is so beautiful.. well done!
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NeverLastStanding Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist
That background is phenomenal, I love everything in this, as also how you chose the character interactions in the background & the details with the textures!!!!
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Rosellaz Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
I agree with JAEneth , while the backgrounds are very stunning in your pieces, the anatomy of the pony seems to be off in this one.
Especially the big head, and noodle like front hooves.


~Rose
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ooReiko Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Student Artist
amazing =) <3
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cajobif Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Oh my gosh you know how make amazing pieces.
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Miss-dreamerkat Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This turned out really nice!
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Falling-stars-1 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS AMAAAAZING!!!
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner May 20, 2017

It's an interesting fusion, Twilight Sparkle and Starlight Glimmer – perhaps because they come from similar origins of not really being good at the whole "friend thing"? Or am I just reading way too much into it? ;)

 

Whatever the case, you did a fantastic job showing the mare's feeling of isolation and faint longing as the other ponies celebrate so brightly and so closely; it seems that a part of her wishes she could join them, but she doesn't think she fits in. Lovely work on the celebrants enjoying the gorgeous, if frosty, evening. The quaint village architecture looks fantastic with plenty of flourish and detail (personality I guess). The misty cold contrasted with the warmth from the windows gives a peaceful feeling all around. The dog checking out the tree is cute, and good thing the lights aren't electric (if you know what I mean).

 

Thanks for sharing more of your beautiful work.
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Devinian Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! As always is nice to hear from you. Though I read some concerns about the way I'm drawing ponies. It's not the first time people pointed this out and I'm starting to worry about it. Shall I maybe go with my own, more realistic style of ponies? Or maybe its just one of those things easier to notice when the background is so detailed? What do you think about it?
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner May 21, 2017

I don't have any issues with the way you draw the characters, as they look great to me. Sure, I enjoy many styles, but this captures the feeling of the show while adding some better form and depth. The head thing that someone mentioned seemed like foreshortening for effect – but I'm not really an art critic, never mind an artist, so you're better off giving the other replies more credence. To me thought, it seem to bring her feelings to the forefront and I assumed it was intentional – but I can still see where others are coming from.

 

Also, like you said, maybe the level of detail on her compared to the ponies in the background (through the frosty mist) is too much of a contrast? With the finishing work on Starlight and the background they may seem a little flat.

 

If you prefer something more realistic then go for it. I know I won't be disappointed with the results. :)
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Devinian Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh.. just people really got me worried and I really needed some more words on the matter.
I'm aware everybody's opinion here carries the equal weight (unless someone's rude, which has to happen yet). There's no reason for some quasi-professional art critic here, as every consumer (viewer in this case) is the perfect critic of ones work, the difference is how well one can express their thoughts on the matter... and you are surprisingly good at this.
There are other voluble people here, of course. I just happened to stumble upon you first :) Never loose your way with the words!
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Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
As long as there is breath in me, I'll be finding great artwork and sharing my thoughts – whether anyone likes it or not. :) Thanks.
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JAEneth Featured By Owner May 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, sorry I got you worried! It's just that I've seen countless realistic pone drawing and as soon as I notice some clunky detail I just discard the picture as averange and move on. But really, it's nothing major!
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jppiper Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
a little early for christmas don't ya think
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Devinian Featured By Owner May 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Or late... Depending how you look at it :D
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matmax426 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Goodbye, Hearth's Warming, you had a good run
Goodbye, Hearth's Warming, it's over, you're done
Finally set free from your forced celebrations
No need to reply to your trite invitations
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Makenshi179 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017
Magnificent work!!
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JAEneth Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Starlight's head. I hate it. It's the first thing I saw in the picture and I was ready to move along, until I noticed that the rest of the picture is actually pretty marvellous... and then I saw Starlight's head again! It just feels too big and the hat doesn't help. Also, her expression, I am genuinly confused, what is she feeling? Is it supposed to be a thoughful gaze? The title seems to suggest stubborness, coldness, bitterness anything else than calm contemplation of a random point off screen!

Why, Devinian?! Why?!
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MissMikkiMouse Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017
I understand giving constructive feedback, but the way you worded this was a little rude, don't you think? :/
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JAEneth Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends on the person, I figured that him being this good would mean that he is used to heavily criticising himself, so a single comment yelling about the head being too big in a sea of praise would have been both funny and constructive. I was wrong, so I tried to make damage control, dunno if it worked. But hey, it's the internet, you ve got to expect rude comments sooner or later.
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Lunar-White-Wolf Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
So beautiful! I love the atmosphere!
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Arthur9078 Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks soooo beautiful! Nicely done!
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SnoopyStallion Featured By Owner Edited May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
environmental p#rn as always. really nice. love it
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TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I love the environment so many detail and the characters :happybounce:
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Kyoshyu Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
...that is such a beautiful scene. :iconmanlytearsplz:
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SyntaXartz Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the perspective and the depth in this
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zapplebow Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOO Devinian art!  Looks awesome!
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