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Magic by SeptilSix Magic by SeptilSix
It seems like forever since I've uploaded something here... I apologize for that.

One of my projects was to create a portrait of each of the Mane 6 along with a few background ponies. It looks like Twilight was next!

Not my best work, but I tried a few new things with lighting and shading, some of which I think came out rather interestingly. I made a few mistakes, but hopefully they're not too noticeable. Should have tried to make her look more cute :3
Anyways, tell me what you think and leave some critique if you'd be so kind :icontwilighthappyplz:


Other portraits so far:



MLP FiM @ Hasbro/Lauren Faust
Art @ *SeptilSix
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Critique by FrankSinatrot Feb 17, 2013, 5:13:46 AM
Why lookie here you've gotten yourself a fancy critique box! I feel like a right prafesshnal typin' in this 'ere. If only I knew how to format a proper critique...

I guess I'll start with those stars to the right.

Vision:
This is a rather vague thing to rate. But the FAQ tells me that it asks, "Does the artwork present or reflect a point of view, theme or idea?"
Well theme of this piece is rather basic, you're creating a set of portraits. Fair enough, that's what we're here for after all. Drawin' horsies.

Originality:
Now as for originality, well it's a front on picture of Twilight. That's not original. But that isn't really the point now is it? The point is... the point is you want to draw portraits of the mane 6 originality be damned. Frankly I don't think this rating is really relevant to this picture at all.

Technique:
Ahhh, now we get to the meat of it...
Now the first thing I notice as a pretend artist is the eyes. Holy mother of Celesta how long did that take? Is it as impossible for you as it is for me to get the eyes all even and lined up like that? I should be basic... But it's never right... So good job on that.
Moving on, let's talk about light. I like what you did with the warm orange and the cold blue. I don't think it's 'realistic' lighting but it gives the picture a stronger feeling of... aliveness... I think you should have gone further with it, given it a more dramatic sense of... drama... But that depends entirely on that you're going for of course.
One minor flaw I notice is on her face, especially on her chin area, you can see the pencil lines. This isn't a terribly distracting horror but it just looks a tad less 'real'. Those lines serve you well in the hair however since hair is... liney...
Now uh... Just a few things I think you could try to move up to the 'next level'. See the hair is extremely well done, it flows, it has strands, the light reflects of the top in a very convincing manner. I think the rest of the face could be on that level if you made the reflection of the light off the eyes as 'realistic' as that off the hair and an overall use of less black lines. As you move away from a 'cartoony' style with lines and fills and twords a more 'realistic' style you'll have less lines to rely on and will have to start using shading and colour and stuff. (That sentence sounded a bit condescending, I know you know how to do realism with real things, it's just odd with fake horses. So yeah you probably know that but I'm just noting it for completeness.) Um, that's assuming you're going for more 'realism' which is something I think you should at least look into and see if it's fun to try to draw cartoon horses 'realistically'.

Impact:
I'll start with the pose. Well it's your basic "Twilight sparkle is staring at you" pose, frankly this isn't very interesting on an emotional level. I think the AJ picture registers far higher on the 'feelings and stuff' scale. The eyes however are more 'impactful', you did a pretty good job of conveying a deeper story with what you were drawing, a portrait, it's difficult to convey complex emotion and detailed backstory through just a face shot without being a Da Vinci magical master painter of the universe, especially with something as undetailed as a fake purple horse, you just don't have many facial features to work with.

Sorry to ramble on without any real focus, I don't know what I'm doing. I think in the end all six of them together will be far more interesting than any one of them alone, really these are just pieces of a greater puzzle and I look foreward to seeing you put it together.

Have fun and pony on!
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Nomingia Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love it!
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17chrisjenkins Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW o.o this is an awesome drawing! great job! :D
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SeptilSix Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you :D
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HeFFatos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dammit, this will be actually the first time somebody posted longer comment. Well...I would like to share my thoughts about this drawing with you.

It's been a while since you've drawn the Applejack portrait, but I guess you understand why I chosed that work for comparison.

The drawing isn't so bad - it's pretty good! If I hadn't have this second drawing to check if it's better or not, I would not spot any...you know...things that are not so ideal. I cannot say it's better sadly, but it's not bad, as I said before. There are no mistakes, but...

The character doesn't stand out so much as does Applejack. The colours are plain dark and there are actually no darker or lighter tones to define anatomical details. I know it wasn't necessary but it would add a lot of depth.
The second things I would like to point out is the flow of the lines. Applejack portrait's texture remindes me of a golf course or a billard table. The strokes formed some kind of dots making it impossible to see how do they go. This time the strokes are well visible and create an ugly effect I call "filling just to fill". The region of her nose is fine, but the rest...you know... On the other hand, this style of filling goes well with her hair, making them more realistic. Other elements are pretty good (I like how the ear turned out, for example - it has a lot of depth).

Some people may accuse me, "why do you comment on subject you don't have enough experience at?", so I must make it clear that this opinion is just what I, a random viewer, see when I looks at the work and my advices should be taken with a distantly. You create really high-quality traditional works, but this one needs more final touches :).
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SeptilSix Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hehe, we should have a "Who Can Write The Longest Comment" competition x3

But thanks for the feedback! I completely agree with you about the visible pencil lines though. I'm not sure if it was the blending method I used or if it was the paper texture, but no matter how much blending I did the lines never came out. The skin texture on the Applejack portrait came out very well in my opinion (it does look a lot like a billiard table now that I think about it), but this one came out a little less favorably. Hopefully the next portrait will turn out a little bit "smoother" though.

Anyways, thanks again for the critique. It really helps hearing what other people think sometimes, regardless of whether or not they have "enough experience" on the subject. /)(\
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HeFFatos Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Forget about the lines, they are all fine if you think about it longer.
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Chiapetofdoom Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013   General Artist
It's very hard to judge because I don't know at what point you want realism and cartoon looks to meet as you further deviate from the show's methods.

More realism might dictate a careful reflection in the eyes, likely only at one point, with softer reflections in the rest depending on light sources/surfaces. It might also suggest darker shading on the left portions of the face and hair if there is only one light source and no ambient lighting. If you go further you could try to completely negate the use of most lines and only use lighting and shadows to separate things like the neck and eyes. Cartoon "bone structure" could also be considered at that point too adding more than just round gradients but almost layers of muscle or whatnot. You could go on and on endlessly.

Your Applejack portrait is more interesting and well done in my opinion, as it sticks to less lines and solves edges with gradients. You did however (intentionally?) add a darker background to the side where the light hits, which is a solid choice to really bring out the sides of the face. The applejack doesn't do that but it still looks wonderful.

Overall it's well done, and looks great, but it's very hard to critique without knowing a lot more, including where YOU draw the line. A lot of people have trouble using traditional mediums, and this looks to be either pastels, colored pencils, or some combination. Impressive work with a lack of accidental white space or odd interrupts in blending. All of yours normally are though. Great job!
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SeptilSix Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure if I know either! I'm just experimenting right now, sort of trying to find a niche :3

Thanks very much for the in-depth review, I really appreciate the feedback and it gives me some interesting ideas I might try with the next portrait in the series. I do agree that Applejack was somewhat better though, the blending didn't go as smoothly with this one (quite literally). But that might have been due to the fact that I didn't have any dark purple-ish colors suitable for the shadows and decided to just use black, which probably made the pencil strokes more visible since it's such a stark color... I might have been able to use a dark blue or maybe brown, but I'm not so good with colors and color theory x3

Anyways, thanks again for leaving some feedback, I have plenty of ideas to try with my next picture :D
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Darrin-S Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man, this is great. I love how perfectly even the eyes are with each other. And the mane detail is great, nice job over-all.
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SeptilSix Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! The eyes were definitely one of the more tricky parts, it's a lot harder to make things even and symmetrical than I thought 0__o
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