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Changeling Queen

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Hi :floating:

I did a portrait of the other Equestrian royalty so why not the Changeling Queen too?

I have dual monitors and I realised that one of them is either over-saturated in colour, or the other one is very de-saturated and I always use the more saturated monitor for drawing, so tell me if the colours are too dull or too bright? :XD:

When it comes to lighting I'm a very confused person OTL;;
In fact I was a very confused person while drawing this... I'm not even sure if Chrysalis ever hangs in the forest hahaha! There wasn't much background info around her.

I guess some critique would be appreciated.

On a side note I've been really worn out by drawing continuously every day; I don't think I can finish 3 more pieces in less than a month :faint:

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Rongal's avatar
:star::star::star::star: Overall
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Generally there are two ways people present Chrysalis in their work - staying true to her portrait as a villain or trying to make her "fit in" with other ponies by making her look cute. Undoubtfully you've choosen that first route for this piece.

And I must admit that I like your vision; while tis true that one could argue if a forest setting befitts the Queen of Changelings, the coloring and lighting easily make up for thsi doubts, setting the right atmosphere, while the shining, red eyes in the back add to the feeling of her minions awaiting her command to strike.

Generally it's something new, despite being done; a very interesting contradiction in itself, that mixes several aspects of the character that grew within the fandom. Originality is always an ellusive thing, a single detail can make it disappear from any piece. Being able to hold on to it, with plain means, is admirable.

The style you used is very befitting; colorful, staying true to the source material, and yet dark, somewhat gloomy, mirroring the central character as a whole. The details put into both Chrysalis and the background compliment each other nicely, one playing off the other, creating a very clear picture. It's preciously that detailed technique that makes the Queen of the Changeling so much more acceptable - showing her somewhat disfigured body, which the cartoon itself simplified, riding her from that manacing stature a bit. True, the portrait could've been pushed further, making her grotesque, while here she's "simply" striking, but it is an interesting middleground.

The impact of the piece is quite peculiar - subtle and gloomy, yet one that sucks you right in before you know it; the dark forest, housing black as night Changelings gives out the touch of dread... that danger that lurks beyond every shadow, the only indication being two, shining dots in the distance.
The lighting nicely plays its part by showcasing the central piece - Chrysalis, queen of these woods, who resides over these murky lands, her figure being no less gruesome (not overly so though... but this is MLP after all). The long, venomous tongue is a nice detail, adding further to her devious nature.

Overall it's a pretty decent job; while most works attempt to strike you "fast and hard", you choose a more subtle way to do it, one that compliments Chrysalis' character nicely; she did attempt to take over Equestria via deceit rather then full-out assault as Discord, Nightmare Moon or Sombra did. Being able to remember that, using it in this piece and yet still making the Queen of Changelings feel like a real treat is no, small feat.
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This is a very unique piece that stands out.
The colors used are magnificent and fit the queen's personality greatly.
The style is also very different compared to other fan drawings in a good way.

The background is amazing maybe too well done that it takes away from the point of interest.
The sky and trees seem a little too foreign from the piece as a whole.
The lighting seems a tad off but it is hardly noticeable.

Over all I give the piece a 8.5 out of 10 and Is a piece to be very proud of. It is worthy of framing and being hung in ones room or even an art gallery.

Good Job! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/b/b…" width="15" height="15" alt=":D" title=":D (Big Grin)"/>
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The background was very detail and precise, something I enjoyed personally very much. The style you used for leaves and for eyes was very good, and once again had a lot of detail. One thing that stood out to me was the sort of blended pastel waterpaint style that the picture was drawn in, which I believe suits it very well. The trees in the background blend slowly into the darkness, creating a shadowy affect that much fits the character in mind. The lighting, shading, and overall affects perfectly fit the mood and situation, as well. The Queen's legs look a little two-dimensional, and the Queen's stomach is a little small, but other than that, this is a truly breath-taking piece of art. Congratulations for this awe-inspiring work, GreyRadian.
WildtailOfWindClan's avatar
I really like this. ^^ Your style is fantastic.
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WildtailOfWindClan's avatar
No problem. ^^ (Heh, wish I could draw like this. Where did you learn your technique? The colors are fabulous.)
GreyRadian's avatar
I do studies of other peoples artworks and photos ^_^
WildtailOfWindClan's avatar
Oh. :3 So like watching speedpaints? Or is it better to just look at finished pictures?
GreyRadian's avatar
Well i meant trying to pick out the colour palettes used in master paintings by trying to replicate them; try to think what the artist's thought process was
WildtailOfWindClan's avatar
Oh, that makes more sense. xD *facepalms* I suppose doing that can create better products. I'll try it for sure! (Although using colored pencils makes that slightly difficult. xP Well, I can try.)
GreyRadian's avatar
Yeah just try, with colour pencils you can just try create colour thumbnails of the paintings, so you get the main idea of what colour palettes are being used, rather than the entire painting lol
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Smiley-mc-death's avatar
Yes my mother was painted with my brothers eyes in the background!!!
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My oc is a changeling and she will say the weirdest shit ( I have multiple personalities and I'm mentally insane) I can't control my personalities
TomFraggle's avatar
Looks amazing, like the detail. :+fav:
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You're Welcome.  :)
Star-Struck-Studios's avatar
are you sure this isn't a GIF? i feel sure some of the eyes in the background blinked... (shudders)
GreyRadian's avatar
... It's not a GIF :S
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Your brilliant artwork has been featured here--> [link]
BerryPAWNCH's avatar
Another comment about your monitor issue. Some monitors display color differently, like I used to have an anti-glare display with a screen that wasn't glossy. I now have a glossy monitor with no glare protection, but it displays color MUCH more accurately than an anti-glare display that doesn't have a shiny surface, or so I found by using both.

I'd recommend checking both monitors to see if the surface of the screen is glossy or non-glossy, and that might be what's causing it if this is the case and the monitor screen surfaces are different.
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Oh i see, but both of mine have a matte texture i think :\
What does the pic look like to you? Colours look alright or too dull/bright? ^^;
BerryPAWNCH's avatar
Ahhh, I see. So if my experiences are like yours, I'm guessing the colors would turn up a little dull when you're working on them in Photoshop and even duller when you view them on the Web. I viewed the difference from one to the other and the gloss always shows more saturated colors than the matte. I noticed this difference when I was still using the matte and compensated by dialing down the saturation a little.

Though if both of your monitors are matte, I'd probably chalk it up to a difference in quality or technology if they were released by different companies or you bought them at different times, respectively.

You don't seem to have a problem with it though, the colors in your pieces are just fine and well-balanced in terms of saturation. You probably compensated for that difference much better than I did LOL :D
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