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The Ancient Elements of Harmony

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The Ancient Elements of Harmony... The team who were fought against mad ruler of Equestria - Discord, Lord of Chaos.

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Celestia and Luna - Element of Magic
Fenix the Dragonslayer and his comrade-in-arms Philomena - Element of Generosity
Pallanen Lifekeeper ( ent deer ) - Element of Kindness
Doctor Whooves - Element of Loyalty
Ban Dragonheart ( buffalo ) - Element of Honesty
Surprise ( skeleton ) - Element of Laughter

Check my new poll and give the answer, who is your favorite ancient element of harmony :)
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Maybe some comic one day...
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Not even the word awesome explains this
I love how you didn't make them all ponys like the show did and gave them all there own look.and the Lord of the Rings and how the element of Laughter is a skelton horse look but there is still a few things that bother me a bit

The element of Kindness is still an animal lover I mean I like that but its been done
then one with the Phoinx(Forgot the names)where'd he get the phoinx?And how'd he get fire feather's in his head?The thing the buffloa has on his back with glowy eyes what is that?and Luna's kid mane was a kinda light blue.here it looks almost white

Other then that its awesome
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First thing I'm going to say is that I do not really care for the MLP Friendship is Magic fandom. That being said, I do care for this. I care for it A LOT.

The character designs of the five elements is simply amazing. Each has been rendered with so much care and love and attention to detail, its astounding. Each has such a distinct character and represents their designated element so beautifully. I love the fact that each has a little detail of their own: the phoenix, the guns, the totem, the butterflies, death's headdress. They look like a band of travellers who have come a very long way. Your shading style is exquisite and the way you have positioning the light source makes each face seem to glow. On top of that, the back ground has been so carefully put together as well, the clouds rolling in over the rock adds great drama and depth to the piece, as well as the flying dragons. The expressions of the two earth ponies is are lovely, very expressive, and I particularly like how feisty the little one is.

There is a real feel of some sort of disaster just occurring, from the rubble in the foreground and the turmoil in the background, although the elements themselves look benevolent and kind. A wonderful contrast.

This is a gorgeous piece, I cannot fault it. It tells an amazing story. Well done.
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I just wanna say first off this piece is amazing down to the last detail. The individual expressions of all the characters, their clothing garments, and the background, it is beyond epic proportions.

The only beef I had was that nothing was explained as TO the background, is that Discords castle? or a Dragon stronghold? I was confused to that part

But little side note to those haters taking about Doctor Whooves and his "gun". Maybe it doesn't shoot bullets?Maybe he disguised his sonic screwdriver as a gun so people wouldnt wonder what it is? Or maybe it shoots magic instead or something, don't freak out on the persons awesome art people, sheesh.
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This picture is really awesome to look at!
Ban Dragonheart totally looks like he could be the ancestor of Chief Thunderhooves.
With Fenix the Dragonslayer (who looks like an awesome fire knight), at least we 'd know how Celestia first met Philomeena.
Pallanen Lifekeeper looks a lot like the Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke, if you've heard of it.
Surprise must've been a humorous old bag of bones back then.
Of course, why leave Celestia and Luna out of the party?
And finally... classic Doctor.
Come to think of it, I think I might use this as a reference in an adventure series I plan to create.
You should've gone with "Surprise must've been a humerus old bag of bones back then.
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Why? That would've made my critique too short. Besides, I needed to state my opinion about each character.
I meant that one line, not the entire critique. Sorry if that was unclear.
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A unique concept and one that has been beautifully executed: a supreme combination.
Your detailed art style is wonderful to look at, and every time I look at this piece, I see something new. Dragonheart's totem pole, for instance, or the dark citadel behind the royal sisters.

From an artist's perspective, I appreciated the different approaches you took to the elements- they all have a unique quality about their look that sets them apart.
Surprise is the most surreal one in the picture, but (s)he does not look out of place- The fact that Surprise is a skeleton is weird yet fitting. It reminds me a lot of the Death of Rats from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.
Ban Dragonheart looks very much to be a gentle giant with fierce loyalty. His Native-American garb is very fitting, and you have done an excellent job with his expression- he looks like he has seen many years pass, but was never soured by his experiences.
The lifekeeper looks like (s)he could easily reincarnate into Fluttershy. Again, the face is very expressive, and the sympathy for the royal sisters is, for me, plain to see.
Doctor Whooves is a very nice touch- I love the steampunk vibes he gives off. I really like his mane!
Without reading your description, the Dragonslayer was clearly generosity. The addition of Philomena really rounded him off well.
Your interpretation of Celestia and Luna stick so true to their personalities- Luna is frightened and reluctant to approach their new comrades while Celestia stands slightly in front of her, as if to defend her. Both of them are reminiscent of the work of Berke Breathed, which is never a bad thing.
Every element has a distinct look and feel to them, and it sets them apart from one another. Somehow, though, they don't clash. You have managed to pull off variety without making it clash.
The whole piece emanates the feeling of old Equestria- a dark land filled with fear and despair, but with a glimmer of hope. A most powerful piece of art.
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The only thing I disagree with in this critique, is how Luna and Celestia are reacting to the other elements; Luna isn't cowering, she just doesn't trust them. Her eyes have a look of determination to them. Also, Celestia isn't standing to defend Luna in my opinion, I think she is curious and in awe of the elements, hence the wide eyes and slightly opened mouth, depicting wonder.

Otherwise, pretty much bang-on review. :)
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Very true- thanks for pointing that out! After all the negative experiences and betrayal they must have been through, it doesn't surprise me in the slightest.

Celestia's position makes more sense now. Again, thanks for pointing that out!

I tip my hat to thee. Here's looking forward to the next episode!
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Very well thought out and given some expert realization into the world and possible ancient elements this piece really does pose an interesting point and another view that does good for the thought on lore. I love the coloration of each elemental host and they each truly do appear to fit their element well overall I am highly impressed and hope for more of this type of caliber from you in the future. The tone of the piece is also something to find interesting as Luna and Celestia stand there in grimy dirt and each other element looks at them as though they have known them from long ago. Doctor Whooves is truly the one that draws the eye to him as you believe it to be him from the start but in all accuracy it could have been a different character just a same style of design but using him as the element of Loyalty fits perfectly. The next host to draw your eye is Surprise which I truly do enjoy the main concept I can think of is death from surprise which while humorous is also a very good thought on who would be the best host for the ancient element. Each of the other character also draw the eye and are pleasing I think the color choice on each was perfect. If I could change one thing I would only think that Fenix armor while amazing and I may just be picky but from the form I believe the use of a different armor type would have proven better. However even with that small thought I still find this piece to be highly above average and if I dare say even at the Expert level. Please do bring more work of this type to us all soon.
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Ziom05 has done it again! =3

The moment I saw this brilliant piece, my mind instantly thought, "If Hayao Miyazaki were a brony, this would be his vision for a MLP origin story on the Elements," hands down.
Every time I look at the characters, especially the Pallanen Lifekeeper character, my mind instantly took me back to those wonderful Japanese animated films by the great Miyazaki, such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke. Hell! If it were possible, I could instantly see a MLP:FiM anime like this does in his animation style, and it would so work! It just fits!

Zoim05, if you're reading this critique, you are THE Hayao Miyazaki of MLP. And to that, I tip my hat to you. =3

OUTSTANDING!!!
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Ever since the Elements of Harmony were introduced back in Season 1 Episode 1 of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Cartoon series, there has been a lot of renditions as to how they originated, how they are used, and more often than not, who these Elements are, or who they will be, come the proper time.

Of all the ideas surrounding the elements however, I could safely say that Ancient Elements of Harmony by Ziom05 served as the one if not the most outstanding that I have ever seen.

For those who are not familiar with the Elements of Harmony, these are six magical artifacts, that when used together, can defeat any being of chaotic origin. One must obtain all six if they are to defeat Season 1 villain Nightmare Moon, a dark queen who wants to shroud the land in eternal night.

The twist is that the Elements of Harmony are not just artifacts that can be used by anyone, but are inherent inside very special beings. Twilight Sparkle, the show's protagonist, realized that the Elements are within her and her friends. Knowing this, they enveloped Nightmare Moon in a rainbow field thus destroying her in the process. This rainbow super attack is a throwback to the My Little Pony: Rescue at Midnight Castle television special.

It was also said that Celestia and Luna (pictured at right) were once wielders of all six elements. The concept of 6 beings getting together with sacred items and the idea of an inheritance to these artifacts pushed the beginning of origin stories and stories of alternate universes involving the Elements, both in fanfiction and fanart.

Like I said, there are a lot of fanart involving the Elements of Harmony. All I can see here at first glance are nothing but the strong points though. Starting with the obvious, the art is amazing! I can see that a lot of work has been put into the details of this art. Fenix the Dragonslayer's armor looks straight out of the pages of a League of Legends character! Having a flaming mane only piques the masses' curiosity of what wonder that mail has hidden inside. The hair of each character drawn here are something everyone can learn from, especially Ban Dragonheart's braids! All of them blend into the gritty and grim background pretty well, despite being candy colored.

Speaking of background, there is a lot to see, surprisingly. Like how one does not simply walk into Mordor, one does not simply unsee that there are a bunch of dragons in Discord's Rampart of Cha-O's. Speaking of Discord's castle, what I can see here is Mordor plus Pride Rcok combined. (I wish I can unsee that). I love the touch of ominous in those blood colored clouds hovering over the fort. The sky as well as the terrain looks really stunniing, and gives off that otherworldly yet familar feeling. Overall, the background works really well. Everything is really beautiful.

On to the story. this looks like a final meeting between heroes, a calm before the storm, I say. There may be no action here, but rather, tension. The chemistry between all the "ancient elements" really works here. The same vibe can be felt at the last hours of Final Fantasy and Elder Scrolls games, where the greatest boss fights anxiously awaits at the last dungeon. Going back to chemistry, there is a well-rounded RPG team-up here. You got the tank, the healer, the nuker, the sniper and the initiator. All these characters do feel like they belong in DotA 2 or any sort of epic RPG. Heck, I think they deserve their own!

There is just so much imagination put in this if you read between the lines. Surprise seems to be the element of laughter because he's got a funny bone. I don't really know about the others but I'm certain the artist has a reason for each designation of the elements.

From here, anyone can carve out a story on how they met each other and how this will all end. A great backstory can be conceived for each.

I'm sure there's a negative somewhere around here, but don't let that ruin the experience for you!

Overall, from Idea to Implementation, The Ancients Elements of Harmony is a picture that does not just say a thousand words, but a book any fantasy buff can treasure. I am completely blown away by this.

This isn't anything better that what Ziom05 already does, but it's really breathtaking nonetheless, especially if you work up those imagination cogs. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the picture!
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This picture tells a story without words. It truly represents how a picture is worth a thousand words. Without even reading the description I found myself attempting to guess what each element was for each character. It took me a while to figure out that the sisters were the elements of magic because that thought just never crossed my mind. But I could tell just by looking at the position of the characters compared to the background that the elements of Harmony are what helped build equestria and free it from some sort of evil reign.
There are a million hidden gems in this picture and I find myself fanboying over all of them. First of all is the element of generosity holding Philomena. This gives the impression that he left the phoenix in the posession of Celestia, truly showing his generosity. The next is The Doctor. I personally dont watch Doctor Who but I know a fair bit about it to understand that he does make a perfect Element of Loyalty.
Surprise was done really well. Instead of just drawing her as the average pegasus you drew her in a way where I could tell it WAS surprise.
The Ent Deer reminds me of fluttershy so much. He has the most peaceful, serene look on his face and the buffalo is just perfect, he's full of warm tones, he looks so strong and gentle.
Celestia and Luna look like they just came out of hell. And the elements are just looking at them smiling like "We finally found the missing piece." and Celly and Luna have NO idea what they are in for! They dont have their cutie marks, giving me the impression that the journey ahead is what leads them to their destiny.
The colors are well done, the characters are well done and I feel like I am missing out on something I wanted to mention...
My only negative critique is that I cant quite tell what is happening behind Luna and Celestia. It appears to be just a pile of random junk. It just feels out of place in the picture.
Overall this picture frustrates because I want to know what happens next! It feels like this is just the cover of a book! But it contains the whole first 5-10 chapters in just this 1 picture!
Very awesome, very well done. 10/10
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I am not a fan of the content, but it is very creative and i can't help but like it!

You use a strong color palette that is just visually stunning. The Reds show horror, power, and evil. Were your greens give a peaceful feeling that connects with the mysterious blues.

Your characters have character! each one says I have a story beyond this picture, and non are alike. The characters are truly remarkable in there individuality, and style. The colors helps this greatly from the war painted furry buffalo in the back, to the rich gold plated creature in the front.

This work is like a poster to a film showing the band of diversity in the characters. Your work is truly majestic and you do yourself proud!
Please forgive me if my description of the characters, or what they are is wrong. I am just trying to describe them from my point of view.
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Every now and then, there is a fan art that knocks your socks off.

This is that fan art.

This picture captures the essence of fan art; it includes enough elements from the show to be familiar, while introducing enough to be imaginative. The ponies are original enough to be interesting without seeming out of place. Additionally, the incorporation of fan faves like Dr. Whooves and Surprise is a stroke of genius.

While the piece does not conform to the show's art style, I feel that this was the right decision given the more serious tone of the work. Also, the composition and style are great.

Very good.
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God I love this drawing.
It's absolutely incredible how well you were able to get the message across, or at least what I hope the message is you were trying to get across.

I want to believe that this image turned out /exactly/ how you wanted it too, because holy crap, it certainly turned out how I wanted it too <img src="e.deviantart.net/emoticons/let…" width="15" height="15" alt=":P" title=":P (Lick)"/>

Your characters absolutely breathe life into the image, and give it an incredible feel of movement and realness, despite the fact that this is based off a show about pastel horses.

I fucking love your technique. Really. More people should try to draw like you, I'm serious. It's so pleasing to the eye, and even with the intense colours, it doesn't give me an eye ache at all.

The only reason I don't give you a five out of five in originality, is simply because The Doctor is there, and while I definitely agree with his character being there, I'm confused as to why he has a gun, seeing as he's a pacifist, and he wasn't a creation of your own. As for the image as a whole, I love the entire concept; it makes me want to write stories about how Fenix the Dragonslayer set out a quest to find the other elements, and how they've saved the world, countless times.

As for impact? Read the review, that should give you a very good idea of how much this image affected me. This is seriously an awesome piece of art. Keep on drawing man, for the sake of good art.
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The compositional quality in this piece very clearly reflects your understanding of artistic theory, and the skill needed to create something so marvelous. There's also a kind of creativity in the contrast between each of the characters and their setting that leaves me awestruck, wondering how such a world came to be, how they all met, and what stories they might have to tell.
The colors are befitting and unobtrusive, giving each element of the piece just the right amount of definition. Using a rather simple looking Celestia and Luna as a main focal point wedged in between the much more detailed and imposing Elements and citadel in the background create the feeling of intimidation and even fear, again displaying your knowledge of composition. I honestly can't find anything to nit-pick about this for the sake of critique. It's incredibly well done.

I look at this, and can only imagine how much time was spent to imagine and flesh out something that, in my opinion, is nothing short of masterful. Very well done. An absolute joy to look at!
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One can only imagine the story behind this masterpiece. Princess Celestia and Princess Luna's rise to rule must have been a long and grueling one. This is a relatively simple scene, but each part of it shows part of what must have been an amazing adventure. Let's break it down piece by piece.

Vision:
It clearly took a lot of imagination to come up with this. I can almost see you smiling while drawing each individual character, imagining up a back-story for each of them as they were being created.
Why does Luna look apprehensive? Does Celestia know the face behind the golden mask? How did the Doctor end up here, and how did he get to be the Element of Loyalty? So many questions with so many possible answers arise every time I just glance at this picture.
Your mind must be a deep reservoir of creativity. I wouldn't be surprised to see fan-art of this fan-art very soon.

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Here is where I regretfully pull away from a maximum score. Certainly, this specific depiction of ancient Equestria is one uniquely your own, but even you must know you are not the only one who has explored the past and history of Celestia, Luna, and the Elements of Harmony.
That said, I must sing your praises again when I acknowledge the original use of other sentient species in the MLP:FiM world. The presence of two creatures we've never seen before--the ent deer and the skeleton pony require recognition, as not only are they brand new, they have such detail about them that it is clear they were not just thrown in as placeholders.

Technique:
As an amateur artist, a work like this seems years ahead of me, so I can't even begin to professionally analyze the technique that went in to this. What I can say, though, is that whatever you do, it has made many artists, myself included, both proud and envious of your skill. Your backgrounds are deep and detailed, which only brings out the intricacy of the foreground subjects even more. The figures are not static at all. I keep half-expecting this scene to come to life and play out like a Hollywood blockbuster movie.

Impact:
Not much needs to be said here. Any art like this that makes a person's eyes grow wide upon first sight is clearly one with great impact. It evokes feelings of pride, mystique, and wonder, and I kind of want to know what happens next.
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This is by far one of the best examples of how far this fandom goes for art.The shading is beautiful,the idea is wonderful,and the only thing i see as unneeded is the tribe thing on the buffalo,but other than that,the shading,the art,the style and the idea is just wonderfull.The only reason your missing the half star is because well mlp fim is from something else.I think this design deserves to be used on the show.Even the sky would be correct,how it fades into down from fire,after all,it is a dragon moutin they odviasly are fire breathing dragons,so it is logicall to have fiery skys.
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I'm new to this "critique" thing and it's a perfect opportunity to start. First of all, let me say something to sum my critique up: WOAH. It looks like an official game art or something similar to that. I'm pretty much in love with this piece.

Although I have seen a rendition of the past/original elements of harmony before somewhere(although I don't recall exactly where), this is a different take, and I love how you used other creatures as well instead of all-pony. The skeleton pony being the element of Laughter is clever. I'm not entirely sure why the buffalo is the element of Honesty, tho(but I do have a slight idea, I just can't wait to see how he turns out.) The element of Kindness is pretty much connected to the recent user, in fact, all elements do, in some way. Also, they all look so calm despite what is happening around them. Kind of like "Chill, we got this." And the princesses, I love how you drew them in a way where people have an idea of what was going on. Their faces fit in the situation too. Luna looks pretty aggressive(pretty much like her canon self, badflank adorable, anyone?) and defends herself and her sister, and Celestia pretty much looks like filly Twilight after she suddenly got "OP" in Cutie Mark Chronicles...like, "What just happened?"

And the background, I think it's just as epic as the way you drew the characters. And I love how the sky changes its atmosphere around the good and the chaotic sides.

This is amazing and all, but it kind of looks too epic, for a little girl's TV show....then again, the show itself is epic too!

I can't wait to see the comic, the concept is so awesome. Definitely worth the slow internet I have to look at.
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Suprise did it for me on this one, but I can see the current element holders being haunted in thier dreams by these ancients. Pinkie Pie and Applejack to be most impacted by the visions.

Love the technique on this piece, as the sweeps of the brushes are nice, and the time depicted being the 2 princesses are so young, about Twilight's age.

Depicts a world where Chaos still reigns and a Young Celestia and Luna, are still getting to thier hooves, would like to see a comic series from this, or this concept of the ancients.

Much praise to be given.
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