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December 15, 2013
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rain by SeeNotC rain by SeeNotC
a pony in a meadow after rain

could've made the sky a little brighter but eh
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Nice use of colours & rendering.
UmbreonNightMare42 Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dunno if I'd ever mentioned this, but i really like your drawing style. You draw MLP stuff in a more realistic way that looks like it's been painted on a canvas rather than digitally. 
Thanks! I'm glad you like it. The realism and "painterly" style are exactly what I'm going for.

Some cartoon artists on dA use gradients and solid fills to quickly do shading and coloring. I tend not to do that. Although you can make it look good if you're skilled, if you mess up, it makes your art look seriously mediocre and unoriginal. When I shade and color, I go straight for a color using either the color picker or the hue/saturation/brightness sliders, and then paint it straight onto the picture.

Also, lots of artists make their ponies (and other characters) overly cartoony, by giving them huge heads and eliminating key body parts (like joints! wtf). This has always bothered me. I think real-life horses look really cool, so when I draw them, I try to do them at least a little bit of justice. I try to give them giving them well-articulated legs, some actual musculature, and a normal-sized head. This also allows for more dramatic and dynamic poses, which leads to my last point--classic comics. I like classic comics. Imagine if Marvel or DC released a new comic that was all about horses; that's sort of how I want my art to look. I don't want it to look soft or mass-produced. I want it to look epic, dramatic, larger than life.

I've mentioned this before, but I use photoshop brushes by Sandara and CosmicUnicorn. They're excellent artists and their brush packs are excellent too. Most of the cloudy effects you see in this come straight from one of Sandara's brushes.

Someday I might do a stream or tutorial video showing exactly how I do things, although I don't think it's all that complicated. This picture ended up with only five layers: One for the sketch, one for the mane and tail, one for the grass, and one for the sky. I drew the sketch and painted mostly inside the lines, making new layers as needed. Then I erased all the color that went outside the lines, erased some of the extra lines from the sketch (to make it smooth and SFW), and submitted. The whole thing took less than an hour and a half.
UmbreonNightMare42 Dec 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I wouldn't mind seeing how you do things because im curious i must admit. I've thought on multiple occasions to try for a more realistic take on drawings and working on more backgrounds. 

I'm not the greatest artist out there, not by a long shot. However, being a long running admin on an mlp group has shown me that there are many ways to improve on art in general.

I always picked the more 'cartoony' style because its a bit more show accurate (come on! Its a cartoon!) and, well to be honest, its easier. Which is quite lazy of me to just stick around inside my comfort zone and never try anything new.

So, if i ever get enough time to post more realistic drawings, i hope to hear some feedback from you
Cool! Then I'll post a walkthrough for my style in a bit :) And I hear what you're saying about show accuracy. I guess I'm more interested in drawing my own characters than those from the show, which is another reason I go the realistic route.
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