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Set Their Sights Ablaze!

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Finally got around to doing a Rainbow Dash piece after all this time, so I really decided to go crazy with the whole "Rainbow" aspect if the piece.
Took around 18 hours total including time spent sitting around chatting, so productive... 

As per usual I'd love to hear your thoughts on the piece in the comments below!

Thank you!!

//Rain-Gear
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Crazyaniknowit's avatar
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This is an amazing piece of work, the rainbow trail is beautifully done and imaginative. I like the way you added refracting light in the waves to give them depth, and the sun rays beyond the clouds are a nice touch. Only one thing I can find in this picture that confuses me, there is sunshine in the right bottom corner, and a night sky in the upper left corner, it seems that the sunlight would be a little more visible in that little patch of sky as well, seeing as the sun is positioned behind the cloud, and would easily highlight the sky more than it is already lit.

Other than that, flawless technique, and well done on the water, it is well displayed. You created noticeable depth which adds to the realistic quality of the drawing. Her wings are anatomically correct which is wonderful, I sometimes see great drawings that have anatomically incorrect body parts, so more points for you on that one.

I'm already a watcher so I can't watch you again <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/f/f…" width="15" height="15" alt=":(" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="380" title=":( (Sad)"/>, but if I could I would. Great job!
(I really had to study this drawing to get any inkling of fault, you are a great artist)
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Wow. I really like the rainbow wing effect.
You achieved a feeling of great depth in this piece with the fog-dog in the background. The clouds in the background look good too, and your sea is beautiful.

However, I'm a little confused by what appears to be a night sky through the break in the clouds to the left when the sun is still evidently high enough to create a fog-dog in the background.

The wave effect in a calm sea, I assume, is caused by RD performing a reversing maneuver and the sea is "cratered" by her downward thrust. I have to assume this, because her wings, rainbow trail and all, do not show any attempt at downward force, or any action what-so-ever. Looking at her wings alone. I would assume her course remains on a downward vector.

RD's mane, tail, and scarf all suggest a recent move in opposition to the current wings and rainbow vector. It is unfortunate that RD's wings are not in a down, or recovering position to further sell the idea I think you were striving for.

Last, RD's left foreleg with all its' bends looks long and noodle-like compared to her apparently straight and short-looking right foreleg

Overall, this has some very good elements, and looks good, but its let down by the apparent contradictions I pointed out.
dropsterdash's avatar
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I apologize in advance for my ADD. This critique may be a bit "all over the place".

I absolutely love this piece of art.

You can almost FEEL the power and speed emanating from Rainbow.

The attention to detail is utterly incredible.

I can't find a single spot on the canvas that you were content to leave blank and boring.

I'm loving the way the brilliant colors contrast against the dark gray of the clouds.

The body language and facial expressions perfectly capture Rainbow's complete nonchalance during times of incredible awesomeness.

The water is absolutely spot on.

The shading is perfect.

If I were to find anything negative to say, it would be this:
You put a fairly definitive outline on much of the clouds. I am assuming you were trying for awesome -looking, somewhat realistic clouds. If this is the case, then they really shouldn't have outlines. I have found that an outline causes clouds to feel less like big conglomerations of vapor and more like big cotton balls. Even when they are being lit from behind, the light should, at least to some extent, shine through the cloud as well as past it, because clouds are translucent. Even big, angry, dark ones. They should look almost like big brushstrokes in the sky, if you're going for realism.

But if I'm wrong, and you were going for the "Big fluffy cotton ball" look, then congratulations. You nailed it.

And hey, if the worst I could find was a cloudline, then you sir, are amazing.

That's it. That's all I got.
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The back glow, rainbow effects, water, and water reflections are all outstanding.

However Dash's bent foreleg really bothers me. It's bending in a way that a horse (or pony) just can't bend. As a result, it looks rather noodly around the humerus, like she was double-jointed.

The large wave also seems a little out of place as the rest of the water surface is calm. Perhaps it was meant to be more of a splash effect from her arrival, but the whitecaps along the top are curving towards her. It looks like she's about to be doused, not that she is blowing away the water as I think was intended.

But for all the bits I pointed out, it's still a wonderful piece! I wanted to keep looking at it, which is why I saw the few things that feel wrong. So great job! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/s/s…" width="15" height="15" alt=":)" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="391" title=":) (Smile)"/>
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This art work has explicit detail. I can't express it in words but I can say that the impact of air on water and the rainbow streak effect makes movement and momentum in the art piece. The sky variations and clouds mix up for some interesting background detail. The water....is just...it glistens and shines and with it's own aesthetics adds up to an impressive foreground. I also like the light edging on the clods, really makes it stand out which you sometimes don't get in backgrounds.
The scarf is original and matches her eye colour instead of it being a cliche rainbow or blue. Rainbow Dash's expression saddens me a bit and maybe goggles around her neck would have made that extra aesthetic. But over everything that has been said, this is yet another amazing piece by Rain Gear.
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Bah, you keep making me want to purchase Photoshop and try to be as good as you. How dare you!

...eh heh heh. Anyways, this piece is a real bit of eye candy. I can almost taste the skittles in my mouth (that don't actually exist. Yet.) when looking at this piece, it's so colorful. But what's successful to this piece to me is that the color is placed quite precisely; it's not just one, but two rainbows that form a great angle with the tilted horizon. They draw my eye, lead it to Dash, rebounded by the shape of the waves, which sends me to the warm sunset/rise. The cycle keeps repeating.

The cool light from the near-impact of the water, the motion of said water, and the contrast between that cool light and the warm light from the sun mix flawlessly with the dual-rainbow dynamic.

That tilt, by the way, really works to bring the work's energy to life. It's a scene stopped in time, one of high speed, great composition, and high energy; I can safely say that this piece is well worth all the effort you had put into it and more. It goes right into my collection! <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/m/m…" width="15" height="15" alt=":meow:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="578" title="Meow :3"/>

I am really forcing myself to find flaw in this. The only thing I can think of is that RD seems a little... detached from the scene, expression-wise. While it's not something to distracting, it does clash with the vibrant energy of the rest of the scene. I feel like she should feel as the piece does, for 20% more harmony.

I knew it was a good idea to watch you. <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/l/l…" width="26" height="17" alt=":love:" data-embed-type="emoticon" data-embed-id="276" title="Love"/>
Earthquake87's avatar
Holy Snickerdoodles. Did you go to art school or something?
BootsDotEXE's avatar
Ey, is it alright if I draw something similar to this with one of my characters? Like the rainbow wings and the pose and what not, I can give credit for the idea! I just love the concept of ths so much~ La la la la 
rainbowdash10124's avatar
LLLLLLLL OOOOOOOOOOOO VVVVVVVVVVVV EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE                       IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
GwDuncan's avatar
Wow, absolutely beautiful!Clap 
BillieH01's avatar
it is a beautiful piece of art, but the one thing that grabbed my attention was Dashie`s mane and tail, It is looking awfully well keep. and not nearly as windswept as is normal for her when standing still, let alone when she is doing Aerial acrobatics. Still, very well done :D
tails208's avatar
Now that what I call ART, I love it
mlpandlpsprincess's avatar
It looks beautiful! Heart  Great job! Clap 
ShadowNinja976's avatar
This honestly reminds me of Asia's first album cover.

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NoradTwo's avatar
Can't handle the Dash!
saxumsando's avatar
this colors is fantastic 
NoradTwo's avatar
Frickin' Rainbows, man.
MLPPaintMotion's avatar
Ok, i wanna watch you 
So many awesome drawings of you <3
DerpyPines618's avatar
"Oh hey you decided to click on my account, I have but one question...
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE WHEN THERE ARE SO MANY BETTER ARTISTS OUT THERE?!"
Better artists..? I think not. Nobody's perfect, but this pretty dang close to perfection. Those colors 😻
JackyBunnyBun's avatar
The colours! The colouurrrs *__________*
CumuloSpark27's avatar
Whoa, :0 neat. The craziness works with the "Rainbow".    
Artificial-Thunder's avatar
My jaw is on the floor right now. :

so beautiful!!!!!!! ^.^
raridash124's avatar
Me encanta como te salio el dibujo
KiaCollect's avatar
Mother of me...... Madoka Surprised Icon 
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