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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by viwrastupr My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by viwrastupr
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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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Given 2017-03-10
Lose yourself in every pocket and corner of detail in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic by viwrastupr ( Suggested by SimeonLeonard and Featured by TsaoShin )
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moonbagger Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018
One word:

Wow!
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XXDestinyRoseXX Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful and wonderful and and and..
I think I'm crying.. ;w;

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Applejack2307 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely wonderful !!! I think I'm gonna cry ! There is not enough words in the entire universe to describe this beautiful and magical art ! "Add to Favourites" button, here I come !!! :happybounce: Love Love Love :happybounce: Hug 
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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2018
Absolutely gin smacked on the level of work this is certainly a milestone that will have a permanent mark in history for you 1000 plus hours, final chapter and no one can leave without writing a good comment hence 575. Man one day wish for such a master work on my own gallery. You are a legend.
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skydakx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Awesome
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skydakx Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2018  Hobbyist Interface Designer
I love the ways 
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TheCatkitty Featured By Owner May 24, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I hardly ever cry. But every time I'm trying to observe every detail of Your artwork, I keep feeling like going to cry in a couple of seconds. I can't tell if it is because of the beauty and magnificence of this masterpiece, or the fact that it makes me wonder how much impact had the show, and the fandom, on me. I wouldn't probably become such person like I am if I hadn't met the show in fall/winter 2011. MLP has certainly saved my life (maybe not a physical one, but the psychological one indeed). And I keep realizing more often that we're slowly reaching the end of it. If the "rumors" are true, there will be no „Friendship is Magic” after the 9th season. I hope it won't make me lose all my fellow brony pals I met through all these years.

I wish that You become anyone You plan and dream of. You deserved it with Your passion, talent, and Your hard work.
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Artfrog75 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Rad bro
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jackalmoth Featured By Owner Edited Apr 21, 2018
*Madly scrolls around the picture*

Oh my gosh, look at the...and the other part...and the things and...and over there is...! HOW DO YOU MAKE SOMETHING SO AMAZING!!! :O

Seriously, I read your description and you definitely created what you set out to make. It draws me in and lets me look around at all the different elements making up a single wonderful whole. The first time scrolling around and taking in the whole piece, I didn't even notice a few things, like Philomena above Celestia, Twilight's old Canterlot gang sitting at the table, the male/female Caramels, and Trixie and Starlight walking together. It's a work of art you can discover something new about every time you look at it.

To paraphrase a thing: I don't always add deviations to my favorites list, but when I do, they have never been as great as this. :D
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Kaykayfeddes Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2018  Student General Artist
Scootaloo is flying 
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deviant-760206 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018
cool.
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SilverStarApple Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2018  Professional Writer
Hey, that's pretty good!
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xx-Night-Waker-xx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so stunning and gorgeous!
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nekomimichi Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018  Student General Artist
What can I say that hasn't already been said? This is quite literally a masterpiece. 
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Eskoniss Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2018   Digital Artist
agreed!
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RainbowStarNova Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So many details...so beautiful...AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Great job on this. :D
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CombotheBeehen Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, I like it a lot!
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zhengdongchao Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2018
good
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polina161 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
I only recently got into MLP again, and I somehow ended up on the Reddit /mlp/ thread and was linked to this, and I've really never seen a better piece of art for the fandom. This has to be the most beautiful and impressive thing I've ever seen. 
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 21, 2018
This is mind-bogglingly awesome. You've really outdone yourself.

It's kind of sad to see someone stop doing MLP art, especially someone as yourself that does it so insanely well, but I fully understand the drive to do your own thing and move on. Good luck, sir, and I wish you the best in your future endeavors.
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Bighuntraps Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful <3
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Sith-Talon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hi there.
I'm sorry to interrupt the chain of lovely comments and your free time, but I wanted to point out that this image has been posted on The Shake Ups in Ponyville facebook's page without any source or link redirecting to you, not even your name - just like lots and lots of other works from different artists.
www.facebook.com/theshakeupsin…
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ZanarNaryon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Stunningly beautiful
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Fullchaos1 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
The entirety of the fandom in 1 picture. And the changelings in da corner tho?
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Mike-Rosoft Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2018
Good work, and remember: no matter what you do, keep being awesome! /)
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sapiking Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2018
Wow... jawdroppingly good... and to read that you'll be moving on is both sad, yet encouraging. I wish you the best! And maybe one day, hopefully, you'll be back to do more pony art. :')
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WolfDashXDSlytherin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2018
this is a beautiful piece you have remarkable talent keep up the amazing work :) 
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Samaroozle Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018  Hobbyist
this is really awesome
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MagusEldarwen Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2018
Simple Breathtaking
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darthflutterdash104 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2017
Remarkable! Great work!
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cuddlesaurus21 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is one of the most impressive MLP fanarts I've ever seen, and that's saying a lot!!
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SuperMarioFan65 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Awesome work
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Grimmyweirdy Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Art.
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Tsalop Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2017
Absolutely fantastic.
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A-Heart-of-Blades Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2017
Hands down one of if not the most breathtaking and massive art works in the fandom!  It's so breathtaking every time I see it.  It was an absolute privilege to be able to get one of these as a blanket at Nightmare Night this weekend.

Godspeed to you and all your future endeavors!
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x-Reine-x Featured By Owner Edited Oct 1, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing
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Ajdrianpony Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2017
oooooooh !! Awesome
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kcsalyer23 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2017
this is very beautiful! fantastic job
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spiritlit Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2017
This is insanely beautiful.
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danielazaca Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2017
It's... beautiful! :')
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nicklaich Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Wow!
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Fyreblood Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Wallpaper version PLEASE!
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Neodr4goN Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Maybe the best MLP art ever in DA. Congratulations!
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SnowyLilacs Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
Very lovely,though I gotta ask why is Discord not included in this?
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SavvySillybug Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017
This is incredibly gorgeous. I've never been happier to have my Chrome lag from giant files.

Every little bit is another giant painting, and they all fit together so beautifully.
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TCPolecat7 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow... just wow. So many little details here. This is just fantastic!

- Polecat
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LordCronthus Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2017
It's incredible! Confused Simple words cannot describe! Clap 
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
:jawdrop::+favlove: Wow, this is so pretty! Deviation love 
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QueenToxia Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
The only thing it needs is Discord :heart:
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:icontigressmoon22:
beautiful
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