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Sunset Skies by otakuap Sunset Skies by otakuap
funny thing when i had the rough sketch finished this popup on EQD: [link]
edit: i feel like pinkie pie whit the mailbox in the thunderbolt academy episode while watching for comments...
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BokunZhao Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016
Wow this looks so beautiful.
lightningwolfpup Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Student General Artist
awwwwwwwwwwww rainbow dash looks adorable!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner May 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!! This looks too awesome!!! Love it!!! :hooray: :hooray: :hooray:
DemonPanther Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Vertigo much O_O
csillaghullo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I try to vector Twi from this for practice (with the source of course)? This is totally epic work, and I's like to use it for a shirt vector :3
otakuap Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure why not, just send me a link to it when it's finished.
csillaghullo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
csillaghullo Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks.:)
DarthTriforce Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really beautiful^^
Awesome--Panda Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
can i use this as a reference? i can't really draw a pony without looking at a picture(i'm trying to draw a pegasus flying :P)
otakuap Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
sure go ahead
Awesome--Panda Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Rayellex Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
getting dizzy looking at this picture
Eonthepokefan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013
Well Peeps
I looks like Twi has adjusted to wings now
somercet Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
Adorable! Oh, man, imagine having to take flying advice from Rainbow Dash...
gottalovemlpfim Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
my favorite pony princess twilight sparkle
merida123 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
My favourite is Rainvow Dush
Ractrin Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thumbnail made me dizzy...the actual image made it even worse....i like it! lol

best ponies EVER!
Bernd01 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your characters are amazing. Absolutely amazing. And they have only been getting better. I love the fuzzy ears that you have been doing, And also Rarities hair in your other deviation is ridiculous. It's been awesome watching you progress and improve.

Which is actually why I wanted to make this comment, your characters have really reached a point where they are unique and well defined, and you've always had a nack for dynamic poses, but I would really like to see you do a more traditional "study" on an area you could improve on.

I hope you don't mind me leaving a critique for your work, I'd just love to see you improve even more.

Your background looks like it was done real quickly, so all the focus was put in to the characters, but I would really like to see some background studies. Just quick things for learning, nothing overly done or finished. Like a value study. The main thing I notice in the background of this piece is there's nothing really implying depth, so at first glance the ground on the bottom looks like a floating island instead of the earth covered by clouds.

In your CMC boating piece it's the same issue, the water looks like one flat plain because there is no atmospheric perspective or value separating what is close from what is far.

I'd love to see you do a Value study, (And I don't mean that to be funny, lol) as in start with a 50% gray canvas and paint only using grey scale, and use the full range of black to white and see what you can create, and if you can culturally use atmospheric perspective and the separation of foreground and background.

For example: take a look at this piece in black and white: [link]

You see how the land at the bottom just floats, and there's nothing telling you that it's far away, and how all the clouds just sort of blend together? Right now you're separating these things with color, however color can only do so much, and to separate things from foreground background, far away and close, and show distance, is the use of contrast, either in color or value. Right now your colors are all very similar, with the exception of the land, but since the value is applying a reversed roll, we can't tell visually that the land is far, we have to guess, we aren't being told.

There are a few thing that you can take in to consideration to fix that. One: since the land is the background is very far away, atmosphere gets in the way, so it should be very light, and de-saturated, and you can even place a cloud or 2 in front of the mountains to give it that extra sense of depth.
Two: the things that are in your foreground should be dark, think of when you place your hand in front of a bright light, how your hand gets really really dark and everything else is very bright, this is a common visual cue telling us that dark things are closer. So try darkening the clouds that are closer than the other ones and lighten the other clouds as they get farther away. This will greatly help with your sense of depth. If you take a look at the black and white pic everything is one big shade and there's no real difference when you take away the color. Your characters are slightly darker however, that's really good, you'll notice that it helps bring them forward. Bravo on that. I really like how you showed the light source behind them, it turned out really well.

I would have also liked to see where the light source is coming from more as well, a way you can try this without having to draw the sun is make the clouds on the right hand side brighter around the edges then the clouds on the left hand side. And to do that, you just have to darken the ones on the left. Remember that to often in art to make something seem brighter, you don't paint it brighter, you make everything else darker.

Other than that, that was what I'd really like to see you improve on. The more technical aspects of some of your background and core fundamentals. Your characters are beautiful, I have no critique for them. Just complement.

If you have any questions feel free to ask, I would love to help you out if you'd like the any help.

MuffinMachine5585 Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist that is literally everything I wanted to say to this guy without even knowing it. sooo... yeah, what he said!
otakuap Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah i completely agree with what you said there, i just didn't know a good way to make the background at the time of making it.
Rachel-The-Wolf Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
SashaSparkleMLP22 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Student
no comment only AWESOME
Phenometron Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Cool beans!
Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
I just love how dynamic this is, and I'm a sucker for well-drawn wings. Amazing work. :D
ScarabsCorner Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MERKLEYtheDRUNKEN Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
Awesome work!

...btw.: I'm sure most of the artists act like Pinkie at the mailbox...empty or not XD
TerrorWolfX Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013
HeFFatos Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The thing with the mailbox broke me up. Maybe because I do exactly the same after posting a new work and I feel the same way seeing "oh, the deviantwatch message, oh well..." =D. (By the way, the scene broke my heart, it was so adorable!)

As for the work, I think it looks amazing! The angle, the dynamic of Twilight's wings and the choise for colours make this drawing special. Wow, those Twilight wings are just awesome! The shadows look very natural too.
But what I love most in your works is that unique way they look. When some people prefer a "clean" colours, you apply some kind of a texture to your drawings and I tell you - that's a thing you should keep up doing!

On the other hand, you could work on the volume of their hair more. I think that Rainbow's mane is a bit flat, for example. I don't know if that was intended or not, that's just my reflection.

Almost forgot about the skies. You really chose the right colours for it. The clouds look very good.
But a wild idea appeared! I just imagined this scene taking place above the water, where the island is surrounded by it and the right down part of the drawing would be water too! Oh my, those wild ideas I (only think I) can't even draw =D.
otakuap Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you, to be honest the texture comes from me not knowing how to do shading cleanly,
also i'm surprised that i didn't think of the water myself.
cajobif Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I like to see Twilight and Rainbow Dash together. Why? They are the ones who keep coming the most in my mind. In short, they're the ones I affection the most. With Luna.

But watching them together (minus Luna), flying? Oh! The joy! (Yes, I like alicorn Twilight) I love it! I like the angle of view you gave it. It looks more dynamic that way.

Wonderful work.
The-Cake-is-a-Pie Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Artists wait for comments to read them?

My world has been made much happier.
otakuap Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
of course it's always exciting to see what other people think of your work.
also im glad that i could make your world a happier place.
The-Cake-is-a-Pie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
And just like that.


...And you're welcome!
DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Student General Artist
MarksmanXx5xX Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Very beautiful! In my favourites it goes....
AffinityShy Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013   Filmographer
I love the angle you chose, and your use of perspective is nice too. What really stands out is how smooth the values are and how you lit your scene; you did a phenomenal job! I hope there's an episode or a few scenes with Rainbow Dash teaching Twilight how to fly. At least we know there's one scene like this in Season 4.
LumosLightning Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors are lovely, cool perspective.
ProudN00B Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
Interesting note, if you flip the picture upside down, the strip of land actually looks like its a floating island.
Digitalneo1 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Huzzah! <3 good Twilight flying art!

Instant-fave good sir.
Aurora-Chiaro Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This pic looks so fun ^-^
TripleRainbowDash Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The soft colors of the sunset look great against Twilight and Rainbow Dash's coats- and overall the entire piece is very warm, which is a great trait to have in any artwork. Great job. :)
Dabom444 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love it!
WeirdStashGangstaCat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Student Photographer
Love your pic
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Flyiiiiiiiiiiiing! :eager:
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Lol, first I thought that landscape was a hat xD Oh god why...

Anyway, nicely done ^^
otakuap Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you know i kinda looks like a hat if you look at it right
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Professional Artist
Yep :P

Anyway, I've downloaded it and I made myself 1920x1080 wallpaper from it ^^ And it looks so nice.
So thanks again xd
CrazyPastels Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight is probably out of breath when you think about it.
Oooh, I love the perspective on this! Plus the color scheme and the lighthearted mood and just :eager:~
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