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Autumn Picnic by sherwoodwhisper Autumn Picnic by sherwoodwhisper
Oh goodness, it's done. O_o

Ok, this one took me over a week. Or about a month of careful adding "bit by bit, putting it together". I'm glad I finished it before Winter, it would be late and dumb. I think I'm going blind now so if one of the ponies is missing a horn, a pair of wings or a cutie mark - tell me, please. I double checked but who knows. Sweating a little...

I know, it lacks composition, I'm sorry. It's as good as I could make it. I'm limited with a pencil, A4 paper and an old scanner so I can't really play with sizes and change anything freely. The trees are a good example of how thick a line can be, making it unpleasant at close view. So... every character (except for "mounted crusaders" ^_^) were on separate sheet and yes, it's same as Jurassic Evening - all real pencil lines, colored in PS. Well, in this case also puzzle-collected. :D (Big Grin)

Many people like action in the artworks, I tried to add it. It's up to you to judge if I was able to break it from static. It's my usual problem.

Oh, and also my first "all ponies" picture and the first Rainbow Dash. Yes, darling, I should have drawn you sooner... Silly artist.

Hehe, I love Twilight being grumpy *poke-poke* ^__^

The size is not standard, sorry, but the image is large enough for a wallpaper. Enjoy, guys. I think I've fainted. 
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TheDoubleDeuced Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Applejack's all like, "That ain't how ya'll are supposed to use apples!"
CitrusEucalyptus Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2017  Professional General Artist
Absolutely lovely!

I hope that you have a great and blessed day/night!
ZidaneMina Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THIS IS LOVELY. Incredible work, i absolutely love it.
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016
What fun! :aww:
Dilarus Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful :D
catz537 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
why does Dash have blue in the part of her mane on top of her head? and why is blue missing in her tail and why are her tail colors out of order? lol. sorry i just notice the details
awesome drawing though
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I get the same questions watching the show. Why the eyes in this frame are looking different directions? Why the tail is missing? Why do we see Sweetie Belle in Apple Bloom's class before they met? Why there are many places with two Bonbons or two Derpies in the screen?... 50 professionals have a right to make mistakes but one artist has not.

Still, I can answer your questions, it's not a flaw, although I should have seen such nitpicking coming. Dashies' mane is on the green background, it would blend if it was green so I changed it. I didn't think the order would matter cause I thought of her hair as 3D and mess-able. It can change the order, it goes around so after red goes purple again etc. To always draw her right I'd have to think of her as a flat solid item that never changes. And I could never think this way about Dashie. It was an experimental drawing, it has many serious flaws, it's not necessary to dig deep to find them. Shading, colors, perspective, proportions, composition... all make me shiver. Guilty. Sorry it's so wrong.
catz537 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I don't mean to offend you. Of course everyone makes mistakes; I just wanted to point them out in case you wanted to fix them.

The top of Dash's mane doesn't have blue or green in it, though. The top part only has red, orange, and yellow. I suppose the tail having the colors out of order makes sense if you think of it as mess-able, though. Thanks for explaining it anyway (:
Marrow-Pony Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2015  Student General Artist
I love the style and the lighting! Most of all though I love fluttershy. She's so cuuuutte uh...I mean... She looks good y'know? Artistically.
Th3iPoDM0N Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Everything always devolves into chaos doesn't it?
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2015  Hobbyist
What's up with Twilight and Spike?
Makenshi179 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015
WOW!! Oh my gosh, I love this artwork SO much!! Masterpiece! I don't know where to begin... Okay so first I love the attention you've given to the terrain, Nature-ish places and forests are definitely my favorite kind of places, and the environment here is gorgeous : the design of the trees, of the clouds (amazingly beautiful clouds!!), the distant landscape, the objects on the ground, the tree's roots... Love the overall color scheme, too, you've captured the spirit of autumn perfectly! I wonder if the shape of that cloud was meant to resemble a moon on purpose, to complement the sun on this picture!
Then, I love the gentle scene, so nice and soothing. Then, I love just how fitting the actions are to the characters! Fluttershy being with animals... Rarity contemplating beauty... Applejack worrying for her sister... Sweetie Belle singing... Pinkie having fun... etc. You've captured the spirits of the characters so well, this might be one of the best tributes to those ponies that I have seen on DA. Special mention for the scene with Scootaloo being on top of Rainbow!! I just love the relationship between those two. And yes, I agree, Twilight being grumpy is SO adorable, especially on this picture!! I'm SO in love with her expression on this, and... simply with her! XD Spike's expression is great too. Seriously I think I might love Twilight on this just as much as the overall artwork... So many levels of appreciation in this!
Then... the lighting and shadowing is also pretty good.
Hmm I could talk about how much I love this for hours I think :/ So I better stop here.
In any case, amazing work!! :D My words aren't enough, but thank you so much for this! ^.^
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Holy raccoon!.. :O_o:
Thank you for your kind words! You enjoy it so much I feel awful for not trying harder on this one. But I'm happy when my works resonate with people's hearts. ^^;
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
You did a lovely job on a very active and fun scene. Yes, poor Twilight is cute when she's a bit flustered, but at least everyone else is having a blast. Maybe she'll join in soon – a game of "tag" if Spike keeps poking her with that stick. Rarity is quite elegant as she gazes at the lovely scenery, and nice to see Fluttershy enjoying time with her pals. Sweetie is super adorable as she sings sweetly. Great to see the other CMC having fun with the two most dynamic ponies of the group, and they really look like they're getting into it. Applejack is a lot of fun as she expresses her shock at seeing so many perfectly good apples being wasted. Excellent work on the background too, especially the distant clouds and sun framing Canterlot. I also like a lot of the little extras to add extra life to the scene. Thanks for sharing.
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner May 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thank you kindly. Such colorful description makes me less ashamed of this... experimental picture. ^^;
Vevarda Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
So beautiful <3 I love the whole scenerie!
pheonia Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Midnight-Star234 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Applebloom is so adorable 
HareTrinity Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What a pretty style for the background! :D Very nice!
Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so good!!
WillieManga Featured By Owner Edited Feb 28, 2015  Student Photographer
And to think, there was a time before the current MLP was a thing. A time before something like this was appreciated by ladies and lads alike. Fortunately, times have changed. Many thanks, Lauren Faust.
Rosedge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wait they are throwing apples...that must hurt like hell. Wonderful art work!
SarcasticLeaves Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Grumpy Twilight is the best! :D
Weltinator Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014
I'm amazed you made it this chaotic with only 10 characters. Nice job. 
DingoPatagonico Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
all your work resulted in a magnific image :clap: x3
NuvaPrime Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student General Artist
Looks a bit like the cover to the 'Simpsons' comic collection
Dragonstar333 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
wow the detail amazing
daniel10alien Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I can tell you right now that month of work was worth it! I especially love the clouds. And Spike. 
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Meh, could be better =D
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
DraginKYle44 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014
Nice drawing 
Panda-Jenn Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Poor Twilight, can't get any studying done! :no:
Looks amazing!
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Egghead! Wink/Razz
Panda-Jenn Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle: You're welcome!
OpalescentArtist Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
QuQ love.
chibiBiscuit Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE Applejack's expression. "NOT THE APPLES!"
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Haha, the most exact description :D (Big Grin) 
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So much cuteness!
Sashaluh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am in love with it... <3
Krash42 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Twilight spends every day wondering why everyone else is so uneducated...
Geno77 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
This is amazing! I was stunned just looking at it! Don't sell yourself short ;pnor the power of the pencil! The level detail and movement and light that really blew me away:D You captured each one just right for hairstyle and body!(what I would do o be able to make a unicorn horn look right for once!) Spike is adorable, and the little thing with the ants carrying away the apple is little touch. I'm honestly surprise AJ' apple-senses didn't go 'ah tingling and alert her of its current theft.
RD' hair usually only has the warm colors on the top and color ones on the bottom part-despite that make little sense once you think about it- e here, so just a great job all around!
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Gee, thanks. I drew the ants and then thought of adding something around to liven up the picture. So I had to draw a few ponies, why not. =D
Geno77 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
You're welcome, it really is nice! And a nice add to comedy! Bet Twi's not gonna be too happy to see those cookies gone next ;p
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
cute where sweetie belle
wkeeble12 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Siarnaq21 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AJ's just like, "Apples, no!"
Wisdom-Thumbs Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's like a mix of a stained glass window and all of my favorite things
cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
That makes a wonderful 'slice of life' scene where everypony is caught in action of their usual personnalities. It makes it feels natural. And grumpy Twilight is always cute.

Awesome work
sherwoodwhisper Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I hope it makes up for no colored version of Enlightenment ^^;

Thank you
cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014
My pleasure.

Oh! Don't feel bad about it. Some artwork pieces are much better in black and white. This is the case.
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