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Sunday Report

By NadnerbD
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Today I learned a valuable lesson about art. I'm not sure what it was.

Lookit all the pretty colors.

To be a little more specific about the reason for this piece, it was primarily born out of my continuing slow march towards realism. The focus in this case was on color of illumination. The most notable sources (ignoring direct sunlight) are the greenish light from the grass and the bluish white from the sky, though there are subtler ones, like the green and indigo from Celestia's hair affecting her face and neck. This is all stuff that I know and have known happens for a long time, but haven't really made a real effort to apply to a scene. I think for that purpose, this came out well.

I'm not sure what I think of the composition of the piece as a whole though. In my quest for increasing contrast I've started using quite a lot of darkness in recent pieces, and this may be a swing too far in the other direction, with barely any really dark values. It was partly inspired by seeing the crazily saturated but still eerily accurate color palettes verrmont uses in his works. I don't think I quite hit the mark, but like I said in the original, very short description, I do think I learned some things. I also had quite a bit of trouble with Celestia's face, oddly enough. You'd think I'd have it down by now, having drawn so much of it, but I originally sketched a much more vertical angle, in a way that I've since determined was probably quite wrong, and ended up redoing most of the face several times, and as a result I can't really tell if it's right anymore.

Overall, I like a lot of what got put down here, but I think much of it may still be too subtle, and also lacks the dynamism and motion that I've been pushing, though it does lend this piece a more serene feel.
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JaymieDaggerBarkHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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TVideshowHobbyist Artist
This project is so good and wonderful
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I love the emotion and the grass moving below Celestia. Really cool
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KyoshyuHobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful, up to the grass being blown by Celestia's draft. :)
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That's amazing, I love the colors most of all.
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MLPegasis4898Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks fantastic... :love: :love: :love:
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Wonderful work. And not only for the pretty colors.

They both look beautiful.

Twilight: Good morning Princess Celestia.
Celestia: Good morning Twilight. Are you here to give me you report?
T: Yes, I do.
C: So?
T: Sadly nothing new. I'll give you a double report next week for compensating.
C: Oh? No need.
T: Huh?
C: It can wait.
T: What?
C: Something's wrong? You seem troubled.
T: N-no. I'm fine. Really.
C: Then why were you staring at my wings?
T: Huh? I was? *Celestia nodded* Oh. I-I *sigh* I always wished to be able to fly. Like Rainbow Dash or Fluttershy... or like you, princess.
C: Oh, Twilight. Some pegasi envy unicorns for their magical abilities, so it's normal unicorns envy their wings.
T: And the earth ponies?
C: Umm. No. So far none of the ones I met ever shown were quite happy to be a earth pony. You should too.
T: Uh, you mean to be an earth pony or being what I am?
C: *giggle* For accepting who you are.
T: You're right. Sorry about that. Want me to write a rep-
C: That won't be necessary.
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NukilikStudent Filmographer
Heh, I guess this wish came true eventually XD
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Your artworks are all brilliant! You choose the best colors and it seems like it's an equilibrium between pure digital graphics and strongly "hand-drawn" style, so it reminds me of "Kingdom Hearts") greetings from Russian bronies, bronyasha!
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NadnerbD Digital Artist
Greetings! I'm glad you like it. I still feel like color choices are an area I need to work on a lot, but I guess I'm getting somewhere. :D
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AffinityShy Filmographer
I really like the super-saturated colors and lighting throughout. The dimension established on Twilight and Celestia via the shading is great too. ^_^
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I think that you're doing well for a realism feel! I think your shading is fine for the most part, but I agree with what you're saying. You should try to experiment more with this kind of shading, find what looks best for you! :D
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Krash42Hobbyist Digital Artist
So bright!Awesome work!
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batosanHobbyist General Artist
Sweet! Keep it up! 
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LeDaverixHobbyist Digital Artist
great.... like how you played with the lights :)
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tricolor42Student General Artist
i really like the shading Meow :3 
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Ooo, looks pretty.
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