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Pony Portraits: Twilight Sparkle by turnipBerry Pony Portraits: Twilight Sparkle by turnipBerry
I'm finally done with the main six! 

Well, probably. There are a couple of things in this picture that I am not quite happy with, and I may go back and edit it. But, for the time being, this is it. 

I would love critique on this. If you would be willing to take the time, I would like to hear your opinions. :)

Other portraits in the series-

 portrait: Rainbow Dash by turnipBerry   Pony portrait: Fluttershy. by turnipBerry   Pony portrait: Applejack by turnipBerry   Pony portrait: Pinkiepie by turnipBerry   Pony portrait: Rarity by turnipBerry

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Critique by AriCrimsonBlackRose Nov 6, 2014, 7:18:29 PM
This is absolutely beautiful! There is not one flaw. The colors fit together perfectly with the sky and TwilightSparkle. Especially the use in colors. The clouds matched Twilight's fur perfectly. They actually looks real an amazing mixture of pink and purple. Twilight herself looks awesome. I can tell you took really good cautious in make the feather just right. You even made sure to let some feather show where the wings first start coming out of her body, I never see that, The time you took on this was Definitely time well spent. You did a fantastic job!! Keep up the good work :D
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There are some interesting dynamics at work here. Not the least of which being the night-to-day melded color palette that forms the background, the light hues and textures are masterful.

There is only one thing that's visually off at first glance, but actually a clever one. The way the wings are rendered are most akin to a hummingbird's in the way the feathers converge at the back. This opens up an oft-glossed over question; avian wings aren't uniform in structure. While the show's rendering leaves it up to debate while unfolded, I personally draw them unfolded in a more angelic-type rendering, which converge at the shoulder. There exist many different ways in the fandom to render them as well, both folded and open.

But when you think about it, hummingbirds have their feathers as such as (I believe) it is more conductive to hovering over sustained flight. Pegasai have been shown to be capable of such behavior, sometimes with little seeming effort. Thus, the choice to meet the feathers in the back could be a smart one, even if it is an uncommon way to render them. And what majestic wings they are! The flight feather's transparency in the light is a particularly nice, realistic touch, and they way they meld into the shoulder are particularly believable.

That aside, I'd like to take a bit to point out the actual composition of the picture. Twilight's body occupies the right thirds division line that is academically correct according to the Rule of Thirds, a common photography guideline to strengthen the image. The clouds in the background agree in motion lines with the left wing, creating a sense of "flow" that helps greatly. The perpendicular angle of the body and other wing gives a contrast that emphasizes the motion, making this strong picture-wide.

However, if I may make a suggestion, perhaps you could extend the canvas on the right to fully encompass the tip of her wing instead of cutting it off at an arbitrary point. Perhaps 100 pixels or so; enough space so that the tip would be same distance from the right side that the highest feather is from the top. It would close the borders, condensing the impression of the picture; "framing it", as it'were. It's quite close to the "widescreen" 16:9 format, so extending it on both ends by 108 pixels as well as 50 pixels combined vertically (1920x1080) each would put it at perfect widescreen computer background size.
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Azraellis Featured By Owner Edited Oct 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am usually very very picky about the wings-over-rumb thing, especially in dragons. But you pulled it off fine.
I also love how transcendent this is. It feels more like the "next level" Twilight is in, something that only alicorns can perceive.
This pic is this week's desktop background for me. Thanks for all the work.
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2018  Professional General Artist
Geez, this thing is ancient though... Thank you. :) 
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ShaleZookeeper7 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017
BEAUTIFUL!!! I love how you made the wings!!! That' what I like most about this drawing!!!Clap Clap Clap :happybounce: :happybounce: Love Love Love La la la la La la la la La la la la 

Fav's!!!!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :D
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KrysaVorona Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, that's so beautiful,  I love her wings! :wow:
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. 
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RobintheNerd Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it! :happybounce: 
just curious, why did you split the hoof? 
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
That's something that I do with almost all of my unicorns. It's based on traditional folklore. In a lot of medieval depictions of unicorns, they are described as having deer like, cloven hooves, and sometimes a lion like tail. :D
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RobintheNerd Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
cool:) learn something new everyday
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vanbot Featured By Owner May 25, 2016
The use of lighting in this is incredible!!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner May 25, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much. :)
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reel-world Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2016  Professional Artist
wow nice light effects on horn
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SilverMuttt Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how the wings connect and aren't like bird wings!! So cool!
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Kansasjeeper Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic wings, love them!
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theldspenguin Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I am officially obsessed with this picture. Holy moly! I adore how you stylized her and this is officially my new headcanon. Wonderful!!!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) I should do some head cannons.
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Chickenwhite Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just... Damn! <3
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2015  Professional General Artist
:)
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TheExtremeGoose Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is just epic, EPIC!
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lunar-isbre Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
Her wings are so perfect D: I love the way light is coming through feathers. Great job!
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DarthTriforce Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, this is very beautiful work of Princess Twilight Sparkle ^^ I really adore the texture of her wings ^^
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks, and thank you for all the comments. :D
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DarthTriforce Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome ^^
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JoelletheNose Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Everything about this is so beautiful. Wonderful job!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. :D
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BaffledDingo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG! You're this person! 
I saw this a while back, so... 
Wow.
   I showed this to a friend, to show how pretty MLP art can be! 
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Out of curiosity, where did you find it? (I'm still kind of struggling to get noticed.)
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BaffledDingo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually found you on here. 
Or perhaps Tumblr. 

Don't worry, I'll help you out, I know how much suckage it is to make great art, and not get noticed. 

I'll spread the word :) 
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :D
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BaffledDingo Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not a problem bud! <3 Also, you will be very happy to know. you'll be featured on Equestria Daily in no time! :)
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
What? seriously?! How the hell did you manage that?!
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BaffledDingo Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I have my ways ;3 :) see, on your way!
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my goodness! Fantastic!
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M-Swallow Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I LOVE IT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH
YOU HAVE A GOLDEN FINGERS MY FRIEND
KEEP IT UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


hehe *on low voice* yeah I am too loud I KNOW!!!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D Thanks. 
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ShmuzzieHeart Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014   General Artist
Umm,  I'm not really good at critiques since I don't know how to properly do them, so I'll just comment it.  The sky's coloration is really beautiful and blends well with Twilight.  Her feathers are beautiful.  You really illustrated her well.  Fantastic job!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks for the feedback! I really don't care if people comment or leave reviews, I just wanted to get peoples viewpoints. 
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artistgamergirl10 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh. You are so awesome at this! This is truly amazing. Everything in this is absolutely beautiful! Keep up the AWESOME work! :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
:blushes: Thank you. 
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YulizieLove Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
I love it
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)
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LuInSkWiDi Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
hot !
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks. 
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MelodyGlow Featured By Owner Edited Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
woah
I just joined today and wanted to say that this is beyond fabulous!
I just have a tiny question!
did you start drawing this from grayscale and colored it with overlay or did you just colour the whole way through?
thank you!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
This one was color almost all of the way through, although I did use a greyscale filter to look at the values from time to time. I have done images in greyscale and then applied color, but i prefer doing it this way. 
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MelodyGlow Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh!
thanks!
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AnnaeLynn Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Hobbyist
i am not a fan of my little pony, like in any way shape or form ever!

 but i absolutely love these pics!
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
:blushes:
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Para-love Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014
I wish this was a pokemon T_T I'd catch it
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turnipBerry Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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