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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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Published: March 4, 2017
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It's here!

The What: Over a thousand hours of work. I started conception for this piece shortly after last bronycon. While I was interrupted by several wonderful deluges of commissions which kept me busy month to month, every day I always had the project in mind, doing sketches, organizing, some math on format here or there. There was a period of a couple months where there were so many commissions that I put the project aside to focus on making that all important rent. When I came back to it, I saw so many little things I wanted to change that I scrapped and resketched the whole thing. Then came painting. Choosing palettes was tricky at first, for the pieces had to both come together and stand out on their own. I didn't want to repeat myself palette to palette and, looking at it now, I am confident in saying that each work lives on its own. It comes together as a quilt more than a repeated background over and over.

The Why: When you go to a gallery you see these large wall sized pieces of art that really take you in and say 'look at me'. Then coming back to a screen you're limited by the size of people's monitors and it's impossible to have the same sense of huge scale. With this piece I wanted to upend that idea of 'small scale only' for digital work. I wanted to take people in.

To this end, unlike a giant gallery piece, there's no focus here. No one part that screams LOOK AT ME. Like a collage each tile stands out on its own and leads to another. I could have easily put a strong horizontal horizon line bisecting Twilight as well as make the difference between the night sides and the day sides a stronger contrast to again lead to our main character. Then why did I forego the focus? Because when a piece of art has a strong focus, it's easy to get a strong impression from it, then lose interest immediately. Every single piece of art in an art gallery or on deviantart that an artist could have spent anywhere from 4 to 100 hours on a regular viewer spends 3 to 5 seconds looking at. That's it. If the art doesn't have a focus then a viewer may not even glance at it, hence why each tile in this piece has its own focus, for each to be their own moment. Instead of saying "hello, goodbye" with a strong focus, I wanted to invite people to explore by having a healthy variety of color, value, texture and contrast, to invite the average viewer to spend some time on the piece. To play.

In this way a viewer can experience an impression of what I as the artist do in the process of making the art. An impression of time.

Much thanks goes out to the person who makes my prints Taloverae, for commissioning enough of this work to motivate me to do it.

What I Learned: So very much. Lots of figure/ground, lots of contrast, lots of color, creating space, and organization. One of the things which I've been working on for a long time that I made some grand strides in is choosing a palette quickly and effectively that will both be interesting for the composition as a whole and provide enough local contrast to keep that interest.

The Big Announcement:

This is my final work for mlp.

A special thanks goes to :iconfyre-flye: for what, we all know. Six little ponies, each unique in their own way. Not the stereotypes one would expect from a show aimed at little girls, but characters each full of potential. All playful, cute, and silly. They have foils, they have passions. I can't pin down one reason of the why they and their world appealed so much to me and to so many others. It would have been very easy for My Little Pony to be just another show, just another form of media for certain people to watch and forget about, but now with all that's happened and all that there's been, this show has made its cultural impact.

It's okay to be girly. It's okay for girls to kick butt. Obvious sentiments yes, but difficult to bring to the cultural norm, yet here we are.

Thanks again :iconfyre-flye: Through this show I've made some of my very best friends. Please, below I invite you the viewers to share your stories of the friends you've made with this fandom. How did you find your way in? What friends did you make here?

I will still do mlp in commissions and I will still do patreon work (where you can find this piece at double the size it is here, if you're a patron), and I may throw a pony in the odd landscape or study here or there, or it could be another fandom entirely, but for the mlp fandom it is time for me to move on. I will no longer focus on ponies. I've learned much in my time here and have met some very good friends that I will cherish forever. I am grateful for all my followers and I will aspire to make higher and higher quality work for all of you.

I am moving on because it is my goal to attain professional status, Working for a company as a full time artist, and in the long term, becoming an art director. In order to accomplish this I must push myself to learn the things which I don't yet know, or which I struggle with. In the past mlp has been a wonderful motivator, but nowadays I feel constrained by it. I have humans to study and improve on, I have perspective to draw, all sorts of clothes to play with, textures to push. There are new subjects for me to embrace and learn, and I have been putting them off for too long.

I am going to improve. Not a little, but a lot.

To say that with confidence, and to see a positive future for myself is a step in a direction that years ago I never thought I would attain.

Thank you all for your support and your kindness.
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SPANIARD-KIWIHobbyist Writer
This is absolutely wonderful. GREAT JOB.
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ilvbrowniesHobbyist Traditional Artist
I saw a jigsaw puzzle of this amazing piece at Bronycon (which I am now going to add to my favorites file), but constrained by my wallet, I decided to forgo it at the time, along with so much other cool art, and other stuff. I was wondering if it would be possible to find that jigsaw for sale somewhere, or by somebody. If not, that is okay too. Best wishes for your future endeavors, and even if you are moving on from the fandom, I hope that you will always cherish these wonderful characters in your heart.  
RockHead1989's avatar
Why on Earth was this not in my favorites before? Click! Much better, also why was I watching you before? How did I miss this Masterpiece?  Well, I won't make this mistake a second time.  
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Discord is in the picture. He is on a shelf one floor above Sunburst.
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Wisdom-ThumbsHobbyist Traditional Artist

As Indiana Jones would say... "It belongs in a museum!"

You knocked this clean out of the park. It's truly epic, both in scope and in content. This is high fantasy. And I hope to one day buy a print for my wall.

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shieldgenerator7Hobbyist Digital Artist

dude... i would totally buy this as a puzzle

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This is legendary artwork.
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WizAhmadHobbyist General Artist

IMO this is the MLP equivalent of "The Last Supper" and "Starry Night" combined. Hope this goes down in Internet history as one of the most iconic and best fan-made cartoon artworks ever.

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This is gorgeous. Something about this picture just really touched me.
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just finished the puzzle!  what a delight!
but still haven't found discord... can i get a hint?
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Wow.. you left me speechles. It's very perfect.
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sarahlouiseghostHobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a gorgeous artwork! I love every details of this! Amazing job! Hamtaro Mouse Emoji-02 (Kawaii) [V1] O O Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) Halloween Ghost 
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The idea of having no focal point, and trying to create a painting that draws the eye in cycles around it, was important to the early cubists, especially Albert Gleizes. The downside is that this results in eliminating complex structure (other than adjacency) from the work, so it can work only for art based on Platonist metaphysics, in which the content of the art is merely the sum of the content of its components, rather than meaning derived from structure.  That means such art recounts familiar stories or impressions rather than creating new ones.  That was the object here, so it's an entirely appropriate approach.
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This is really wonderful!
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macalaniaaHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow what a masterpiece <3
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HiddenfaithyHobbyist Digital Artist
Sweet merciful Celestia this is beyond amazing
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You are beyond human.
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berrypassStudent Digital Artist
That is just beautiful.
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starlightdropHobbyist Digital Artist
please put sunset in this TWT
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Cryptic-DashProfessional Digital Artist
I keep coming back to this piece and honestly this is by far the most incredible piece of work I have ever seen, absolute beuty, you have a true talent
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taechu45Student Digital Artist
Lol I'm late :')
That's heckin' incredible! That picture must've took hours to complete :00

This picture is too good. So, may I set this as my phone wallpaper? I need permission first hehe
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