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A Quiet Place to Read

The idea originally came after watching Princess Mononoke and gawking at the amazing art that was produced for it.
There is no better place to kick back and read a good book than under an magical tree... seriously try it!

Took way too long to paint this, re did the background more than 10 times almost leading to a complete drop of this one.
But I got some awesome help from AssasinMonkey during his frequent streams and I was back on it!
Yeah I don't paint forests very much as you can tell XD going to have to mend that!

Since I'm getting close to the official date of it being 1 year since I fully painted my first pony I have cut out and cropped the first painting into a piece of it's own which can be found below.
One Year Twi! by Rain-Gear

I'd love to hear what you think about it! 

Best Regards


(a few tweaks to the painting will be finished later)
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goldorakx69's avatar

a place to read in serenity!

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Twilight could read a book anywhere, but I do agree with the artist, such a magical place provides the best place to fully explore a text such as a novel or a scientific magazine, knowing Twilight I bet that book contains lots of facts. Now, regarding the amazing background is a true challenge, I can see and sense magic no matter where I look. the light coming from the tree itself make me feel the plants are alive in this colorful paradise, adding a cottage in the background also provides a warm touch which makes this whole moment even more magical than it already is, it is superb!

The shining reflection on the water look amazing as well, the falling leaves resemble the feathers of her wings as if Twilight and the tree are somehow linked to each other as if they were one or the same. This whole magical paradise feels like Heaven and I somehow believe this is actuallya secret resort only Twilight knows about. No matter where I see the result is always the same: this drawing is a masterpiece, cool skills!
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Ok, I'm not even sure where to start with this. I'll just start by saying: This is amazing. It's a little more in-depth than that, though. The style of it is incredible and unique, it's cartoonish but still has all of the characteristics of reality, like it's a blur between the two. Which it kind of is. The detail you put into even the smallest portions of the piece are stunning, incorporating an incredible mix of color and shading that gives it the style I mentioned above. Yes, it could use a (really, REALLY) small amount of work, minimal details that not many notice, such as some flatter edges like the darker side of the small rock with the flower on top, but that's an incredibly small detail, and not many people seem to care. I don't. You're an amazing artist, and I hope you like watchers, because I'm WATCHING you. :3
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Wow, just wow. This picture is amazing.From the lighting to all of the detail. I have never ever seen such a beautiful piece of art. Their are just a couple of things that bother me, like that leaf right in front of the picture. it's a little distracting and the picture would have been just as great without it. Also Twilight's eyes stand out a little bit to much. But those are just little nitpicks about the overall picture. Also the background. It's so amazing and I can't contain it!
I also really like the grass on the tree and that little flower.
I will stop know because it will just be my fangirling about this masterpiece.
Nice job. Really nice job.
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Extraordinary! Landscapes are a personal favorite of mine when it comes to art and you've created a magical masterpiece. Everything looks full of life... fresh, I guess would be a word to describe it. In a sense, you've given an equilibrium to this entire painting. Twilight doesn't necessarily steal the main focus, yet neither does the tree. I admit it does a draw first attention to it, but a few moments later, the forest, the cottage, the cliffs, the flower, will all seem to jump out at the viewer and show them there is so much more to this painting. So much detail has been elegantly wrought into everything, it's amazing. Even tiny aspects such as the pink petal falling in the foreground gives this art a wonderful sense of depth, though the lake's surface is what really 'blew me away.' How it appears to be translucent with a faint sheen, yet reflective at the same time is beyond stunning. I've rarely seen such a display before and still don't understand how it can be done, but you sure pulled it off in an exemplary fashion. From texture to lighting and everything in between, this painting is glorious in practically every detail. If time were to allow, I could gaze into this world for hours, leaving my imagination to be ensconced in such beauty. I am in awe.

However. As every artistic masterpiece has its minor flaws, this is no exception. Twilight's presence in no way diminishes the magnificence of this painting, yet I can't help but notice she looks a tad bit off, almost as if she had been drawn in a slightly different style than the landscape. Her posture is good, her action is good, and so is her lighting. It's just something about her mane and wings that adds a sort of stiffness to her overall character. To alter the construct of meaning; she doesn't have that ethereal feel of 'softness' to her as the rest of the painting does. Now don't get me wrong, I love some great pony art, but, viewing this painting in all it's splendor, Twilight doesn't seem to fit, yet she doesn't seem to not fit. Either way, this painting can be extraordinary with her or without, is all I'm trying to convey. From an artist's standpoint - I'm not really an artist, but saying this as I think a true artist would say it - Twilight doesn't add nor abate to the painting's glory. It could be just as beautiful without that little, purple equine as it is with her. Personally, I already like it better as is than imagining it without Twilight integrated within. And I'm sure hundreds of others do, too. I'm just sayin' Twilight's nice, but - if it weren't pony - not entirely needed.

So, once more! Outstanding. An excellent painting with such an otherworldly atmosphere and an almost impossibly intricate amount of detail, expertly woven into this most magnificent masterpiece. And with that, I am finished. Hope it was all right for a first critique.

Oh yeah! One more thing before I go... +Fave.
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I have to say that this is perhaps one of the very best pony pieces of art that I have seen in quite a while! First of all I'd like to start by saying that this piece is extremely alluring and has many facets of detail that make it so! I love the way that you were able to capture Twilight and make her the centerpiece of the image even amongst the plethora of exquisite detail that surrounds her! The character desigb is very refined and your style breathes glorious life into it in such a great way! The curvature of her body looks quite comfortable as it should and everything from the delicate threads of her mane to the soft texture of the feathers comes together wonderfully! She feels alive! I also love the immense amount of detail that you poured into things like wing shape, as well as the anatomy of the tail and mane! The environment creates an atmosphere here that is simply stunning which I know is reminicent of your awesome style! I love the way that you used the flawless lighting and shading to highlight the tree as well to be a prominent figure that shines throughout the rest of the dreamlike world. The sublety of the reflextions as well as the slight transparency of the water are breathtaking and fit very well with the lighting as well! The color work also adds another gorgeous layer of depth to this that I can truly appreciate and I also love the way that you wove the gradient shades into the foreground and background areas! Finally, what truly puts the icing on the cake is the soft texture that sets the mind at ease and draws the eyes further and further into this worls that you have crafted! This is a truly fantastic piece and I can honestly say that I have nothing negative to say about it in the least! I am also very proud to call you one of my favorite pony artists! I would love to see much more of your exquisite art in the near future! Amazing work as always! Kind regards, Princess Luna
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Wow thank you very much for the amazingly kind words here!
I'm glad you like it so much as to not notice the faults but trust me there are plenty haha!
Thanks again Princess Luna!
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Beyond beautiful

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I think this is my favourite scenery by you. There's so much going on! :D
IOque's avatar
very peaceful.
WillowwingDoodles's avatar
Sure wish I was there right now :/ :) Lovely work!
ThePuppetGirl12's avatar
oh! i remember this one it was quite realxing and butiefulll :)             

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DracoSedentis's avatar
Princess Mononoke is a fave of mine.  I'm a bit of a Miyazaki nut.  I recognize the part of the movie you based it on, when San takes Ashitaka to the grove of the forest spirit after he got shot in Iron Town.  Totally awesome art for that movie.    Very good artwork here, I love your stuff!
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Lightbringer101's avatar
This is extremely beautiful! Into favs :D (Big Grin) 
ChaosPhantom444's avatar
Looks amazing, great job on the lighting and colors.
SeryRas's avatar
Is Just gorgeous this artwork and I think it just defines Twilight,also you could try to make the bacground more of a mystical and unkown place by adding some fog to the trees and so(just a suggestion) as well as adding a kind of glow to the water and I think it would look like she was reading in a magical place that only her would have access to(dreaming about it now uwu) oh and also add some of that glow to that rose in the rock,like it was a bit too misty in it and the glow would indicate it was something in there oh and one really last thing,add some more petals and fireflies above the lake and close to her,but not like if they were bugging her,just watching her curious about what she is just some kind of suggestion...sorry...if I bothered you...Q-Q
KawaiiWonder's avatar
The lightings are beautiful!
CaldoRosa's avatar
Beautiful and impressive
KittPony's avatar
holy crap these are all amazing!Pinkie Pie Scream01 how long does it take u to make one of these?!
HattertheThird's avatar
I've never seen Fluttershy painted in such a stunnning manner before. BRAVO!
mershe's avatar
*o* Beautiful!!!
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