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A Quiet Place to Read by Rain-Gear A Quiet Place to Read by Rain-Gear
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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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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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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IOque Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2018
very peaceful.
WillowwingDoodles Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sure wish I was there right now :/ :) Lovely work!
oh! i remember this one it was quite realxing and butiefulll :)             

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DracoSedentis Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2015
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!
TigerGeekGuy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Great work!
Lightbringer101 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015   Digital Artist
This is extremely beautiful! Into favs :D (Big Grin) 
ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Looks amazing, great job on the lighting and colors.
SeryRas Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Student General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
The lightings are beautiful!
xelianthought Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2015
CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful and impressive
KittPony Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
holy crap these are all amazing!Pinkie Pie Scream01 how long does it take u to make one of these?!
HattertheThird Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Student General Artist
I've never seen Fluttershy painted in such a stunnning manner before. BRAVO!
Brony-Britt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
mershe Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
*o* Beautiful!!!
Volkadin Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I :love: the background so much! this is really beautifully drawn! You really did a great job in capturing the moment! Love 
PinkieDashLover Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Burning-Heart-Brony Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh so beautiful!! Very approve!! Clapping Pony Icon - Season Four Twilight 
Novax111 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2014
This is a master piece
RoseQuartz1 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2014  Hobbyist
Halleluja!!! THIS IS BEAUTIFUL!!!
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014
Love it
MellowBrook Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
This is probably one of my favorite pieces of art i have found online.

Btw, my sister says you are fantabulous.
CinnamonSketch Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
OMG! You NEED to make a speedpaint channel. You'd get a ton of subs! Including me! <3<#<3<#<#<#,3<3<3,3<#<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<#<#<##<<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<#
DerpyandMe Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is sooo beautiful!!!! I can't believe my eyes! Amazing details!
This-andThat Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the glow from the tree! 
Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Gorgeous!! This looks like... the Tree of Life!
Funyy Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cute! :3 F2U: Ghost Avatar :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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TheBamas Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ok I guess this took like 2 weeks to be done with 
FantasygirlXD Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
I would love to read there...
FloralaCP2 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Student Artist
drawingshady Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Student General Artist
it's.......... beautiful :D i want to paint like tis :D
Luna-Soresodthe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is an amazing paintings are so beautiful Love 
candycanelollypop Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
very................................... ahh i cant explain it in words!!!!! its tooo great!!!!!!!!!! Waaaah! :o (Eek) :o (Eek) :o (Eek) Drool Drool Boogie! :hooray: :cantdonate: Hnuh? - Emoticon ANIMATED Never Never 
BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Ooh. Nice reading spot...
ClassicBlaze Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
Absolutely stunning!
TheDrSmiley Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
:) thats fantastic
10blue10 Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
This is awesome! Really beautiful!
Zetaroxos Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
This is soooooo goooooood
I love it
Every last of it
xargos32 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Lovely work! There's lots of depth to this. The tree's roots in the water look great, too. Plus the choice of colors. And, well, the whole piece just looks good!
Appleblizzard Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thats one amazing picture
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Artist
This is lovely, Rain :)
LeenaTanukii Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I like the tree
Pan1Piotr Featured By Owner May 2, 2014
Holy Maria mother... this is so AWESOME!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
marterx Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014
that house has a garage (just pointing that out)
HowLifeIsAmazing Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Colorful pic !! well done :)
DangerStallion Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I have permission to use this picture as a cover art for a story I thought about. I promise to link it to you when I'm finished <:3

Here's my account for proof >>>…
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Sure go ahead, just be sure to give credit somewhere, Will be interesting to see when its done!
Have a good one!
DangerStallion Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much! :D You got it! ;)
Gwenonwyn Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow...the way you use colors it's just... <3
Rain-Gear Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I love making use of high vibrancies :D Although sometimes it looks a little overkill.
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