So yeah, this was just sort of an impulse peice, I thought it up, drew it, scanned it, and then digitized in just under 8 hours I know it sounds like a lot of time, but when you consider that the comic I finished last week was in progress for just over a month I think completing this process in under 24 hours is a wonderful thing.
I was actually getting ready to start on a new project when this idea hit me, I decided this one took precedency over the other project.
There's a good chance that I'll come back to this idea later with some more pictures of Empress Sparkle, I really like the feel of it.
I did have some alternate parts that differed from Sombra's red(ish) colors, such as the horn, the eyes, and the cape were all different shades of lavender and purple in order to match Twilight's colors. In the end though I decided there is more of a visceral impact for her to have the some of the same visual features as Sombra.
Speaking of Sombra, while researching his armor by looking through pictures of him I came to the realization that his design has been woefully neglected by the fandom.
Alexstrazse Has made a couple of pictures inspired by this one, that you really should check out!
Update: In case you're wondering why you're seeing this picture in your inbox again, I've updated the picture in response to a critique that it recieved from Inciatus , that helped me by pointing out some of the mistakes I had over looked.
-added an obvious light source
-darkened and moved the moon
-changed shadows and added shadows to the appropriate places
-rearranged the backgroud to add a more understandable background
-thickened some of the thinner outlines
-and other things I don't remember
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This artwork is very good.
However, I just can't seem to find anything wrong with this picture; It just really brings out the EVIL in Twilight. Anyway, eh, he, he, he he, he, he, he, he, ho ,o, o ,o ,, o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
While I very much appreciate your kind words and thank you for submitting this, I can't in good conscience post this as a serious critique.
I wouldn't feel right doing it, I'd feel like I was cheating due to it's lack of sincerity, but if you wanted to submit a more eligible critique I would be happy to post it.
I do quite like what you have done here and the previous fellow summed things up pretty well. I like what you have done with the sky and a clouds and the expression on her face.
There are a few things that bother me a bit:
The moon while it does add to the piece as a whole it is extremely bright. It makes it harder to focus on Twilight and keeps pulling my attention away.
The piece looks a bit divided. The background and foreground (including the floor) are very different and look almost like two separate images that were brought together. This could probably be helped with a slightly more consistent style or some sort of midground. The end of the floor is a very sharp and straight line but there is no indication as to why it is like that. It creates a hard transition that looks odd.
Twilight looks like she is floating rather than sitting (though given that style it would be rather difficult to make it appear she is sitting. It also looks like her right hoof is not part of the picture with the chair but again a picture stuck on another picture stuck on another. I see you put lines on robe to indicate a bend however there is no indication on the fluff on the side of any sort of change in direction. It also appears the cape is supposed to bend again though there is no indication.
Also, while her color is true to what it should be in daylight the entire piece being so dark and the theme being dark you may have wanted to use a slightly darker shade of purple.
The shadow of the chair does not seem to fit very much. It looks more like a generic this thing is supposed to be floating shadow (which maybe it is but it looks like it should be on the ground). I think you would have been better off detailing the shadow more to create a closer shadow of the chair or just leaving it out.
It is difficult to tell where the light it supposed to be coming from. There are quite a lot of gradients in this piece and while it works well in the neck-piece the rest of it feels off (not counting the horn). The gradients on the armor seem to indicate a source of light; however, the different gradients make it confusing about where the light is coming from.
There is some inconsistency in the lines. While the lines on Twilight are largely thicker the lines on the armor and her mane are quite a bit thinner so they don't feel like they belong.
Very nicely done,
There are still a couple points though:
One of your rocks is in front of the blue crystals so it gives the impression the crystals are farther than the rocks and are either really or the rocks are very small (though it is probably just layers getting switched).
Because of where the lamp is on the ground and what the other shadows are doing I think you may want to move the shadow in the foreground off the chair's left foot the the other side of the foot. It seems to give the impression that the lamp is partially in front of the chair or that that part of the chair is transparent.
The shadows off the lamp further in the background are not obstructed by anything so they shouldn't have a hard edge.
The lamp itself feels awkward in the picture. It doesn't fit in with the rest of picture's style, though I honestly can't think of how to fix it. Because of the better shadows though, you can probably get away with removing the lamp altogether or putting it "off screen"
Very nicely done,
I love the depth of the clouds and the moon which seems to intense the whole concept of Twilight being the Empress tyrant.
Her Expression is very cruel looking and the fangs seem to increase the aura of evil she lets off.
The fact that her eyes, armour cape and horn are all extremely similar to The Tyrant King Sombra just shows what this picture is suppose to be showing, the new Tyrant ruler of the Empire.
This i very original, I don't think anybody has thought of something like this.
I must say this artwork impresses me in pretty much all areas An dI must congratulate you on your work, great job! i hope we will see more amazing work in future.
*The hall was empty, no guards, just large glass windows revealing it was a nice day outside
*She stopped to notice a large figure at the end of the hall, It was a human skeleton: He wore a bright green winter coat, A black shirt with a large angry looking skull on it, a pair of pajama's also with skulls on them, A pair of glasses, and winter camo shoes*
*Before she could say to identify himself the skeleton said:*
???: you've been busy, huh?
???: . . .
???: so, I've got a question for ya'..
???: Do you think even the worst person can change...?
???: That everyone can be a good person, if they just try?
???: Heh heh heh heh....
???: all right.
???: well, here's a better question.
???: D̀́͞͞O̷̧͜͜ ̶̵͏̷̀Ỳ̶̢̀O̶̕Ú̶̷̀͝ ҉̷̵̨Ẃ̶̛̀A҉̴̧͘͜N͢͏͏͞N̡͏̸̡A̵͠ ҉̸̧͡H́A̴V̷̧̡͢E̴̕͝ ̷͘A̶͟͡͏ ͜͏̢͢͏B̸̧̨̀Á̶҉D̡̡̕ ͏̴҉͟T̵̕͜͡Ì̴M̸E̵̡?̵̡͘
???: Cause' if you take another step forwards...
???: Y̴̛҉̀O͟U̷҉҉̨ ̡̛͢͡͡A̡͏̡̀R̵̡̢̨Ȩ͜͡ ̡̀͘͟͡Ŕ̶E̕͜͢͡A̕͜L̴̴̶̨͡Ĺ͝͡Ỳ̶͡ ҉̵N̶͢O̴͏T̴̵̢͠͡ ̵͢G̴̢͘͟O̡͘N̴̛͟͜͜Ń̡͘Á̡͞͝ ̶͞͝͡L̷̸̸͟͟Í̧̛͞K͠Ę͟ ̴͜҉҉W̵̢͝҉ḨA̴̧͝T̸͜ ̶̕͠H̨̨́A̶̢̨͞P̶̢̀҉P҉̸̛͢E̢N̴̷̡͞҉S̀͟͏̸҉ ̛̀͠҉́N͏̕͘͝E͜͟X̛͟҉̶̕T̸̡̧́.̴͞͏́.̀̕.̸͡
*Twilight defiantly takes another step forwards.*
???: Sorry princess...
???: This is why I never make promises...
???: It's a beautiful day outside.
???: Birds are singing.
???: Flowers are blooming.
???: On days like these, Power hungry maniacs like you...
???: S̵̡ ́H̶͢ ̡̀́́O͏̡̧͢͡ ͏͞͞Ù̴̵̢ ̛L̵̀͡͡ ͠D҉̡ ̛͠͏̢̕ ̛͜҉̕B̛͢͠ ҉̨́͢͠Ę ̡̀͘͡ ̸̶́B͡ ̧҉̵̕̕U̴̵͢͝ ̶̸̢͞R̢͡ ̷̨̨̕͢N͢͠ ̷̧̡͏Í̛ ̨͡Ǹ̷̸̨͡ ̡͜͞G̢̡͢͝͝ ̸̢̕͞ ͢҉̶̶̵Ì̷͡ ̵͘͝Ǹ̢̨ ̴̵̨͞ ̧̢͘H̷̷̕͘ ̵͟͡͡͠E͜͟͝͠҉ ̶́L̨̀͢͞͠ ̸̵̛́L̷̡̀ ͡͏͘.̵̡͜ ̛̀͞͝.̧҉̨̢̀ ̡͜.̛͜͝
*The young skeleton boy flung twilight on the ground using his magic seconds before impaling her with shovels which came out the ground underneath her, luckily: She used her own magic to defend her self from his attacks*
???: Always wondered why people never use their strongest attacks first.
*The battle begins..