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Winterdance

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Published: August 15, 2012
© 2012 - 2020 GraviousMaks
♫ Winterdance upon these hills of old ♫
♫ To celebrate the lands that collided long ago ♫
♫ That forced our great mountains ever high, ♫
♫ That they still stand under the seasons' violent sky. ♫

♫ Winterdance! ♫
© Appalachian Winter - Winterdance


So yeah, I was inspired by this awesome song to make something snowy, cold and windy. And here it is.

Vectors done with Inkscape, used Photoshop for some post-processing. No frame-tracing, everything's done from scratch.

For those who want to listen the original song that inspired me - beware, it's Black Metal genre and is kinda loud and striking.

UPD.: Added more snow, uploaded in a bigger resolution.
UPD. 2: Fixed some issues with vectors, changed the snow (again).




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andreabiancoProfessional General Artist
That's very dynamic and beautifully rendered! You could probably do the snow in Inkscape using svg filters, though with all that blurring you would probably end up with a quite slow file. I wish svg filters performances were better!

You could try to build some basic shading on the character and the snow using vectors, it could bring interesting effects :)
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GraviousMaksHobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, I could've used blur for snow, but I don't like to struggle through lags, since blur in Inkscape slows down my system horribly and here I'd need to put a lot of shapes with Spray tool, then do a lot of fixing and tweaking... Nah, it's much easier to use Photoshop for these things :D
Hopefully, developers will make some performance improvements for the upcoming 0.49 version.

I tried shading for my most recent works, the first try (which is yet the best one IMO) is this deviation: [link]
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Blitzkrieg-BuckHobbyist Digital Artist
copy paste, copy paste everywhere. lol
but really excellent job. Wish I could do this.
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GraviousMaksHobbyist Digital Artist
Copy-paste? Where exactly did you see that kind of thing?
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Blitzkrieg-BuckHobbyist Digital Artist
too lazy to highlight em. too many to highlight.
Of course I could be wrong in which case your more of a badass than i thought.
stickman00's avatar
Winter is co-- looks like winter is already here
TomFraggle's avatar
This looks awesome. :thumbsup:
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Heh, I must admit that when I gave the song a listen I was expecting something more...calm. xD But I really liked the middle part without the vocals. :3 Anyway, I really like your work here-it could even pass for a screenshot from the Hearth's Warming Eve episode.
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a-lekseyHobbyist Digital Artist
Epic picture :) awesome background!
Good job!
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The-Equinox-ArisesStudent General Artist
Hopefully she won't pass out on the mountain. Awesome picture! :D
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FragnosticHobbyist Digital Artist
Will she fail or will she pass (out)? She can't be sure!
Megaman-AluraX's avatar
Woa, amazing ambientation, the background creates the stormy atmosphere, and the Twilight pose is great
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GraviousMaksHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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joeyh3Hobbyist Digital Artist
This looks very awesome!
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GraviousMaksHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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AlyChuchaiiStudent Traditional Artist
Cool, i liked how you drew Twilight's Mane. :)
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GraviousMaksHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, that was quick! Thanks)

Funny fact: I've spent about 5 hours in total to get her mane look in a good way... And I still don't really like it :D
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AlyChuchaiiStudent Traditional Artist
Well, that 5 hours was worth it. :)
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