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Rarity la Catrina by tamalesyatole Rarity la Catrina by tamalesyatole
Some background for those around the world:

La Catrina is an etching by José Guadalupe Posada. The image has since become a staple of Mexican imagery, and often is incorporated into artistic manifestations of the Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) in November, such as altars and calavera costumes.

El Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday. It focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Takes place on November 1, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day (November 2). Looks like it's more similar to Japan's Bon Festival than Halloween.

Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts. They also leave possessions of the deceased.

Now, this specific Deviation was first planned when ~Mariachiman asked on a previous comic: "How would the [mane six] look like if they celebrated the Day of the Dead with 'calaveritas', 'pan de muerto' and Rarity dressed up like 'La Catrina'?"

So this gave me another idea (six, actually, that I'll upload later) and this one will be a part of it.

First, I tried to trace into a vector the original etching by Posada, but it was very difficult and it would have been very time-consuming, so instead I just took a good resolution image of it (it's in the Public Domain) and the Rarity Glamorous and Beatiful vector by =MysteriousKaos. Since just pasting and Desaturating Rarity looked very easy, I copied some parts of the original etching so I could "shade" it "the right way" and changed the outlines in her mane to white so it would look better against the black hat.
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It's quite the rarity (heh) to find a black and white piece that manages to catch my eye from using a TON of blacks. It stands out very well from the usual colored works you see.

I kinda like this pic despite not coming from a Mexican cultural background to have some sort of attachment to the image you just ponified. Rarity seems to be the best pony to pick for this as she does have something for really big hats. Perfect pony of choice for this, I would say.

The approach may have been better though. You can see the quality of linework in the original parts of this image and see that it looks kinda messy - something I would expect from human hands using ink on a piece of paper. The vector you took is a vector - computer drawn based on a set of anchor points. Vectors are very very smooth - much smoother than what I would ever achieve with a sharpie and paper. The difference in line quality makes Rarity appear to be in a different art style, so you have things that doesn't seem like they belong. It is probably better to try to replicate the line textures from the original image and trace the vector.

Going another route to draw the vector to replicate the texture would also let you do other things such as giving Rarity's hair more depth - the producers gave her hair gradients for the sole reason of creating enough depth to make her hair look less like a senseless blobs.

You also kinda cheated with the gray shade for her cutie mark as the original image has no such gray shade.

Then, there's the hatching (that's what I think it's called) as an attempt to create an illusion of a middle shade to stand for Rarity's eyeshadow. If you ask me, there are two ways of seeing this - either a middle color, or a bunch of eyelids piled on top of each other. It is likely far better to use much thinner but much denser lines.

Then, there's the shading. It doesn't appear that consistent (not that the original image was any better). The shadow under her jaw suggests that the sun is very high and a bit behind us, but the shadow under her lower mane suggests a sun even higher and not behind us. But... with a sun that high, wouldn't her large hat get in the way? Well, since the original image doesn't seem much better off with shading coherency with hats not blocking the sun as it should, but I believe at the very least, we could try to shade her had in a way to emphasize a bit more roundness to stay more true to the style of the original image, maybe also darken her inner ear.

Using a flat vector isn't really staying true to the original art style as vectors are smoother and flatter than the original image. But eh. This piece is awesome in another way for just having large areas of dark blacks and bright whites that just seems to catch my attention.
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KeronianNiroro Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018   Digital Artist
SusanKnight Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2018
I loooooove this!!!!
acla13 Featured By Owner May 1, 2017  Professional General Artist
!Muy hermoso e increíble trabajo!  Calaveras Pitufos by acla13  
PetersonArt Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Realmente sorprendente :3 ¡Viva México!
LucyRyn Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016
Steampunk-Brony Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
¡Muy hermosa, amigo! Estas muy dotado. ;)
ASCToons Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Promover a México con esto ;)
SIR-LANIED94 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2015   Traditional Artist
Muy buen trabajo. Clap 
MiauTgG Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Kool. Andaba buscando "la catrina" en Google para ver qué dice el Internet sobre ella en inglés, y esta fue una de las primeras imágenes que salieron.
CrystalGalaxys Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Looking through pictures for an art project and find this. wow xD
Ferchosky Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
No soy muy fan de MLP, pero este dibujo es espectacular. KUDOS BRO!!!
sweetocean1 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014
wow, se ve increible
mickey-3 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hermoso trabajo.
LaParedmex Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014
Wow, excelente trabajo. ¿Me da permiso de usar la imagen de avatar?
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Claro :)
AgenteYumi Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Creo que si Posadas viviera y viera a tu Catrina (que de hecho, se llamaba originalmente "Garbancera" -Garbancero es lo que hoy en México llamamos "Fresa": alguien de escasos o medianos recursos que finge ser rico), se haría brony al instante.
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Viendo como La Catrina es como un meme antiguo... yo creo que sí.
AgenteYumi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Es la primer meme mexicana... cual Edgar se cae ¡La catrina!
(acabo de provocarme depresión cultural, antes nuestros memes tenían estilo XD)
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Fué una época de gran avance tanto artístico como tecnológico...
pulpomolcagetero Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
<font><font class="">Maravilloso, un homenaje a Posadas y a mi ponie favorita</font></font>Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: :happybounce: Party<font><font> Ne encanta en verdad</font></font>
inkwellimp Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
invasorsg Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
Rarity siempre tan catrina :D
SuperMetroid2 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Muy bueno la catrina es de las cosas que mas me gustan del Folklore del dia de muertos y a Rarity le queda muy bien
XxxLuigiFlippyxxX Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
ME encanta! adoro que ponifiquen todo lo mexicano :3
K4R3N-C4sTILL0 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Jeje, esta bien genial :D
StudioWipposh Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Bre-Ce-Cuca Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Me parece increible esta imagen, la adoro como a nadie y no pusite elegir a mejor personaje que a rarity para ocupar el lugar de la Calavera Garbancera o mejor conocida Catrina
legendario13 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Bueno si ya están en lo de ponifsar todo.
Por que no un poco de tradición e historia contemporánea.
Muy buena Idea y excelente trabajo.
Aunque la critica de Pix3m me parece bastante justa, discrepo en que el estilo o técnica es pobre por el contrario creo que se adapta perfectamente a la temática de tu trabajo, para mi se acercaría más a un cinco que a un cuatro.

P.D. TU nombre me trajo XD
No me esperaba algo relacionado con MLP pero me alegra haber encontrado esto (todo tu trabajo en general no solamente los ponies de colores)
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gracias. Originalmente sólo pensaba hacer calaveras, otra tradición de la que ya veo menos.

Y aunque me gustaría tomar más fotos, ya no tengo mucho tiempo para ello.
legendario13 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
No te preocupes por eso.
Si te sientes con el animo de hacerlo y encuentras tiempo libre estoy seguro de que harás un excelente trabajo.

Por supuesto de entre todas las calabers me fascino la de AJ pero es por razones completamente subjetivas, todas las calaveras te quedaron de a 100.

Me agrada mucho el hecho de que quieras conservar nuestras tradiciones dándoles un toque moderno al fusionarlas con las tendencias sociales actuales.
MissRarityTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is amazing
TheSyFyFan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Muy bueno
Dino-Mario Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nightmaree-moon-sis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
yo pienso que tu trabajo es realmente lindo
tamalesyatole Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Gracias :)
Ricarlos Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Nightmaree-moon-sis Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
pocamadre que acabas de decir????????
TheSyFyFan Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Es un dibujo de una festividad mexicana,¿que esperabas?haha
Hoshi-Wolfgang-Hime Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
que linda!!!!
Nekrosita Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student General Artist
un pony!! *-*
MegaSupertacoman-YT Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
cool :iconcoolplz:
Riquis101 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
areyesram Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
ah te la bañaste! 'ta con madre :P
nomas te falto que el cutiemark fuera negro ;)
TheAdorableOshawott Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Que gran diseño de Rarity interpretando a La Catrina, me encanta.

Una muy buena manera para festejar el Día de Muertos, con Rarity como La Catrina.
Laeko-Randalis Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
Rarity's hair kind of clashes with the rest of the piece's style, but that aside, this is wonderful!

To quote Derpy, "I only came out of my well to see DAT HAT!"
KyubiKen Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
waaaa amo a Rarity *w* se ve preciosa como siempre
Gran dibujo!!
Operaghost93 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Chavo. Eres la mera neta. Te mereces el internet por esto!
MrFulp Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Rarity, always "Avantgarde"
Freefox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Digo esto en español
que el idioma que de mí sale mejor
porque en esta noche sin sol
en Equestria se divierten con terror

Esta pony de finos gustos
el día de hoy va a repartir sustos
en sus hermosos ojos veras tu suerte
mejor dile "hola" a la bella muerte

Trotando por plazas de una pequeña villa
saludando a todos hoy en su día
a encontrarse con la princesa de la noche
pues es tiempo de festejar con derroche


Such a beautiful eyes you can see
With the moon princess she´s going to meet
Cos´only once in a year
she has the chance to all make fear

Gracefully walking around ponyville
making their spines run a chill
even when she just pass to say "hi"
everypony will be "Oh my..."
Freefox Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012
Muchachon, un aplauso
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