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Beautiful and Terrible as the Dawn

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Published: July 25, 2014
Yep. More of this. It seems terribly pretentious to use a title like this, but given the inspiration, I think it fits. Yes it's the movie version. I liked Jackson's condensation of it. I keep feeling like "I've drawn this before", but it doesn't really get old.

I started this shortly after reading The Song of Syhlex, by The Descendant, which is good, if dense, and really adds the sort of characterization I like to Celestia. The kind that makes me want to draw epic badass Celestia.

Anyway, almost exactly a year ago, I made this. I know because I drew that on my birthday, and I was working on this on my birthday, though I'm posting it a couple days late. I've done a lot of drawing since then.

And thanks to SilFoe for some last minute critique. :)
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Superbly done! :D
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Praise the Sun!
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Amazing. Keep up the wonderful work!
Looking at your art just feels good, you have a ton of talent!

Also love the reference! 
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"All shall love me and Dis... Discord!  Stop playing with the reverb!"
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I love the feeling in this, the colour choice for the light was perfect, reminds me of long hot summer evenings :)
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I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you like Celestia.  ;)  And the pieces are great!  Kinda want to know what program you use to get the sharp shadows, and possibly how you do it as well.
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Well, I use SAI, and it's all basic round brushes and blend modes. Sometimes I work straight in color on one layer, but sometimes, such as in this piece, I will paint a value only version of the piece and color that with overlay layers. If you watch AssasinMonkey, (he does a lot of livestreams) you can see him do a lot of these things, and he's pretty much where I picked up a lot of my painting techniques, though I've picked up other more general art stuff from a wide range of people I watch.
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Ah, and i guess you happen to use transparency locks as well, just to keep the strokes where you want them.  And I do watch AssassinMonkey, he's where I got a lot of my techniques as well.  Just from studying his WIP pictures and his streams.
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Dat Shading! I really love this piece. 
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I can feel the sunrays. 
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So cool! :D :D
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Sobeautyful it makes mei cry
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simply jaw droppin
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she looks soooooooooooooooooooo awesome, pretty sure her highness will be proud n_n great job
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So much screen layering. I like it!
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