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Midnight Sun

Seems to be a recurring theme for me with Dash flying over water.

Been ungodly busy with school lately ;_; #thestruggle 

Anyways hope you like it!
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This drawing is breathtaking

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You know, this makes me wonder if I should send a letter to Rainbow Dash. An offer to join the Wehrmacht, she would love it. Tons of action, flying sky-high almost every day, friends that she would enjoy(same personality), I could keep on going on.

What that means: is that this piece of artwork had inspired me to write a story on Fimfiction. And it will be about her joining the Wehrmacht... )I hope you will take a look at my other story "Ger-Mane Armored Forces", my username is: "General_Rommel"
of your not interested then that's TOTALY ok man

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The artistry of this piece is magnificent.

Yes, the theme is used quite often by many artists, but you have shown a mastery of your work that makes this piece all the more impactful.

Your use of shadowing is exquisite, and the effects of the lighting and Rainbow Dash on her surroundings (both in the air and water) makes the art almost seem to come to life.

It is clear that you have drawn Rainbow Dash in her element with this piece, turning her rough and sometimes flightly nature into one of pure beauty. I hope to see more of your work that demonstrates this same enchanting and mystifying talent you have.
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I do believe you've tempted me a third time... well, you've succeeded! There's much to speak of this, even if this is third time I know of that you've done this general idea. But you've shown that there's more then one way to skin a cat; I will be making comparisons to "Set Their Sights Ablaze (Repaint)/the original" throughout, as you yourself note in the description the similarity of the idea. I can spot several additions and changes that let this work stand apart. To be specific, I have five. Links to the first two, for the curious:

Repaint: (…)
Original: (…)

The first addition is the inclusion of land. While the repaint had an inclusion of the appearance of Cloudsdale in the distance, there still remained no solid land. Thus, the scenery remained an ocean piece. A black stage for Dash, so to speak—this contained the interpretation to Dash and her place in the scenery.

With the land present, it brings the viewer to interpret their place as on a shoreline. It draws the viewer in and making the piece feel more immersive over the original and repaint; more organic, so to speak.

Second is akin the line of organic; Dash's expression. Over the other two, it's one of blissful enjoyment instead of detachment/a challenging glare. The eyes being closed removes part of the viewer psychological attraction to faces and lets the "viewing volume" spread throughout the piece.

Third is the sun. While its light was notable in the first two, this piece differs in the execution in that the sun itself is visible. For that matter, the sky overhead is also clearly visible, along with a meteor or two—that leads into the fourth difference, but the sun itself draws a point of unconscious interest for the eye. It's position works uniquely in tandem with the fourth point.

Fourth, the sense of space and motion is different from the first two in a good way. The first two clearly draped the clouds in the background, giving the sense of space an opening on all ends. It makes a backboard, while Dash is on the stage; only two planes of focus. This is gone in this piece—instead of Dash being a mid-distance foreground, you've placed her in a close-up foreground, letting the added land occupy the mid-foreground and the sea take the background. Dash's trail piercing all three layers plus her more at-the-viewer line of motion is a boon to it.

Along that, the water displacement and wing trails reflects the motion. The length of these indicators point to a fast glide; something that I'd imagine Dash would do for pleasure.

Fifth and final, I came across a term since I critiqued the repaint for the tilted angle in all three. It is known as a Dutch angle and is prevalent mostly in cinematography. The first two use the same general angle, but the severity and flipped Dutch angle in this work is so striking as to be alarming. Not only that, but there is a notable downward curvature in the horizon and general curving to the clouds to impress an image dome-like structure in the open space, closing the edges and reworking the feel of the piece from one of high energy into one of peace—relaxation, even.

Over the first two, this is without a doubt the greatest asset to this work. Even though the idea is a repeat of something already great, you show a high understanding and ability of how to interpret an idea two different ways while still retaining the same general elements. That is to say nothing of your level of skill in general, of course. I've dropped originality score to 4 stars because this is the third time you've implemented this general idea, of course.

Still, fully recommended!
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If Rain Gears was an element of harmony, he'd be the one of light because that is the standout here. Seeing this piece develop in the streams is an honour and a privilege (if you're not following them on Picarto - it's a must see). The water physics are indeed magical as Dashie swoops in with elegance and ease, as she does when she wants to. The depth-of-field between pony, rock formations and sky are well and truly articulated to perfection. In my opinion, the piece is best viewed as portrait and is ideal for a smartphone wallpaper. Well done mate /)
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Vision: Great vision as all are, yet this feels special. More on impact.
4.5/5 - 9/10

Originality: Rainbow flying is pretty universal but the place she's in, the pose and grace the dynamics is all original yo me. Not to mention the technique.
4.5/5 - 9/10

Technique: Your specific technique is constant throughout the cannon. My eye travels well on the scene and I don't see myself stuck. Her wings make me travel with her on this spiral that leads to this moment. Your strokes blend in well and even if the most minor and insignificant nick pick I can say is some contour lighting lines on the left rocks being too marked everything else is in it's own style perfect.
4.5/5 - 9/10

Impact: I feel everything in the scene. The ambient, the grace the movement. Remember when I said this felt special and different at first? Look at her face, you captured a great expression of pace in action. Two things that I see are hard to combine, some go full pace on a scene that is freeze framed (as if anyone could have time to pose on a slow mo shot and look natural, kinda like saying one can cry pretty) or just going more action than naught. In here I sense a genuine feeling across her face as she maneuvers in her own powers that are second nature to her. The mighty natural surrounding matches Her presence well. I congratulate you in your success. This piece, may I be so bold to say, is outstanding and one of the representatives of the peek of your skills. Now if you'll excuse me, I must retire from the arts and start selling hot dogs. >XD You win! Hahahaha
5/5 - 10/10 ... I feel dirty to give this rating, cant believe it...
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Would you be opposed to me using this as cover art for a short story collection on FIMFiction? You can read all about the concept here, should you be so inclined. I will of course give you full credit for this awesome artwork.
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It's so AMAZING! I'll must save this artwork.
Eclipse4d's avatar
Your backgrounds are Magnificent.
Coun7Roland's avatar
School? But you, as this, are surely too cool for "school". <:p
Kalyandra's avatar
I feel like this should be flipped 90 degrees.
xormak's avatar
i knew you weren't gonna add more feathers to the wings, now all i can see is a manta ray....
AnglesSing's avatar
really great job!
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The look on her face says it all about her love for flying.  I love the effect of the vapor trails coming off her wingtips.  Too bad we all can't fly like that!
Baron-Engel's avatar
I like the wingtip vortex effects you've put on Dash's wings. It reminds me of being at airshows and watching the condensation compress and form over the wings of aircraft as they moved through the air.
brandonthebeast34's avatar
This why the brony fandom :) so much creativity
NicolasDominique's avatar
Lovely work, Rain :D
NightFuryYoshi64's avatar
Breathtaking and splendid!
Very magnificent good job on here mate. You've done another great artwork here.
Cheers and hope the rest come out best as you go!
Zykzi's avatar
The angle Dashie is at messes with my head. Heh. I can't look at it for too long ;_;
Great details, and great piece though!
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Omg, I thought I was the only one. My eyes hurt looking at it. It's so pretty, but I can't for long, either. D':
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