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Winter's Peach

By Majoh
Is it the last peach of the season?
Or the first?
Or a rare import?

Whatever it is, it's going to be enjoyed with a side of hand if Ast isn't careful.

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It's a new year! (Er, as of four months ago :P Sorry, other projects had to come first.)

I do a new painting of Astrid every new year. My goals are:
*Outdo the previous year's painting
*Set the bar high for next year's painting
*Make something I'm proud of :)

I struggled with this one, taking two very different concepts very far before I realized I didn't like them. By the time I began this iteration, I was pretty exhausted of elaborate scenes and did something simple instead.

What I've learned since last year:
*The importance of letting go and scrapping failing concepts
*Airbrush mist is a fairly effective way to half-ass a background
*Little painting series like my MLP bettas are a great place to experiment with new techniques
*I really freakin' love misty blue scenes and I should branch out a bit

Goals for next year:
*Try to use colors outside the blue/white/black spectrum
*Paint some actual backgrounds
*Try more challenging perspectives/angles

Also, while the saturation is as-intended on my primary monitor it is BlINDINGLY BLUE on my secondary, so I hope everyone else is seeing the nicely balanced version and not the electric blue version. :P

Annual Astrid Series:

2012: [link]
2011: [link]
2010: [link]
2009: [link]
2008: [link]
2007: [link]
2006: [link]
2005: [link]


And for fun, here's the first time I ever drew this character, way back in 2003 (back when she was just an Everquest alt - far right):
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AutumnEmbers's avatar
This is pretty neat. I remember last year's Astrid piece but this one has a lot of improvement. I like the dragon and how well Astrid is rendered. =) Those are good goals that you have and I'm sure this piece and others will help you improve tenfold for the rest of your work this year.
alternatepony's avatar
Dragon's probably thinking, I know it's the thought that counts. But really one peach, it's romantic and all but I'm straving.
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