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Going with the Flow - Aqueduct by WizardWannabe Going with the Flow - Aqueduct by WizardWannabe
Painting practice.
Needed to practice painting with an actual setting, so I used a sketch from my last commission.
It's a scene from chapter XVI of *Prancypants's fic Flight of the Alicorn.

No, the stallion next to Rarity is not Big Macintosh, he just has a very similar colour scheme in this lighting.

I'm sure there are problems with the lighting and reflections and whatnot, but it was good practice. and I'm quite happy with how it turned out, even if I had to paint Buckaroo twice because the power cut out and I had forgotten to save...

However, if you have any comments or critiques, they are more than welcome.
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:iconvalleyviolet:
This is a beautiful piece and it looks amazingly three dimensional. The use of colors in lighting gives an incredible feeling of mood and reinforces the setting you've chosen. You've done a good job of composing the piece with asymmetrical negative space around the ponies and the lines of both ponies' bodies encourage the viewer's eyes to converge on the same point towards the top of the piece (where the light source is). I especially liked the reinforcement of her raised front leg with the upwards angle.

I have a few small suggestions and I want to emphasize that these are very minor details in an already excellent drawing. Around the left side of the male pony (especially along his shoulder and lower leg) I'd recommend doing some subtle blue highlighting to distinguish him from the background. That section of the picture is meant to be dark, but it strains my eyes a little as they keep trying to pick that line out of the darkness. You did a good job of this kind of highlighting on the back of her tail, so it's clear you already know this technique.

The whites of her eyes are coming up as a little too pink to me. Most of the rest of the color in the image is a beautiful blue palette that does an awesome job of conveying the setting the ponies are in. For some reason her eyes have become rather pink to me when I expected them to be more of a base blue like the rest of her face. I'd consider shifting them a bit more into the blue palette. I agree with your decision to make them whiter than the surrounding face to make them pop, I just think it went a little too far. ;)

I want to reiterate how incredibly impressed I am with this piece. You have an amazing eye for composition and lighting that you've clearly developed through a lot of hard work. I'll look forward to seeing what you draw in the future. :D
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This is a beautifully crafted picture with intricate detail and perfect posture and pose. The way you drew this is very conceptual and mindblowing. The water you drew looks classy and realistic, and the air bubble forming underneath give the image a very realistic quality.

Rarity's body is very realistic and amazing, you captured the image of her bruised and wounded and in determination very clearly.

The expressions are very real, and the eyes an hair are simply spectacular. The light shimmering in through the street vent had a very fine and sparkly essence. You did an incredible job on this and I long for more stylish works such as this to come. The picture is defined as memorable and serious, and you did that awesomely. I give a big hand to you for this, because I feel this is possibly one of the finest works I'v seen. Because of this, you ave provoked me into inviting you happily to two of my MLP groups, as an admin.

I hope you say yes, which would stun me if you did so, but either way, I love this masterpiece. Good job.
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jakehunter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
nice work
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
Thanks.
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Isabelle-fox Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
aw, poor Rarity, her mane[main? I dunno, I'm awful at grammar] is all messed up...
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
She looks like she's been fighting!
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
Not by this point, she's mostly just been roughed up by the jungle.
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sanctuary-meadow Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent use of lighting. You have successfully eliminated characters or places which are not so as important as this center character however you've still made all the details around her really relevant and seeable..

I think the water you did in this piece and how we see-through it, the colours, the vibrancy, the bounce reflection, sparkle, is really wonderful. It seems this moment is very revealing and mystic, as well as a peril-filled adventure which is near to it's end! Her face just seems so stern and waiting to meet her destiny! You can tell by the small scars/scratches on her..

This is a fabulous piece. The storytelling is really wonderful!
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
Thanks a lot, I appreciate the feedback!
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
ohh nice rendering! think you could summarize what's happening right there? :)
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Thanks!

Rarity and the mercenaries Buckaroo, Zinzi the Zebra and her half Zebra son (who both couldn't fit into the picture) are escaping via aqueduct from a Griffon base in a dense jungle. Rarity was supposed to be assassinated during an airship race and the mercenaries were betrayed by one of their own. On their way they hear through an air cooling duct, the Griffon general Karroc and the retired Guard pegasus Tempest, arguing about their plans/alliance and getting into a fight (here [link]). This allows Rarity to discover their plan to cause a war between the two races and upset the balance of power over Equestria. Directly after this scene they caused a steam tugboat to explode to make their getaway.
It's from *Prancypants fic The Flight of the Alicorn. I recommend it, if you're into fics and don't mind some well written Rarity/Blueblood shipping. Also, treachery, conspiracy, airship races and struggling to survive in harsh and dangerous situations.
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
sounds fun! maybe i'll give it a shot.
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
If you do, enjoy!
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:iconhawkbittern:
Hawkbittern Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student General Artist
I hope I'm not being nasty Is it just the lighting or is Big Mac's chin green? it looks like there's moss growing in it.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
No worries, you're not being nasty at all, his chin/beard is indeed a greenish colour because of the water lighting reflection. His mane/beard is a dirty blonde colour, plus the blue/green of the water, makes his highlight greenish.
However, I did mention in the artist comment that it isn't Big Mac, just an OC with a similar colour scheme. I didn't create him though, so his colours were determined by *Prancypants.
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Gender-Ninja Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Wow! I feel that if I were to try and describe how amazing this was, it would pale in comparison and not do your work justice! I love this! Is there a story behind it?
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Thank you very much!
Yes, this is based on a scene from this fanfic [link] . If you're into fanfics, try it, it's very good.
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Gender-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2012
Okay thanks! I'll look into it. And though I don't always have time for it I know my big bro would love to read it
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Understandable for long fics; I know there are plenty of fics I want to read but haven't had the time for them. But if you or your brother do get around to it, enjoy!
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Gender-Ninja Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Indeed. I am sure we will enjoy reading it when we get around to it =]
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ShadeAtill Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
And then: Amnesia monster.

Nice piece my friend... very nice.

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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012
Haha! The invisible water monster!

And thank you!
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
All the details add up to make this a wonderful picture, Great work.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thanks!
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
You're welcome. Have a nice day.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Well, it's 9.35 here in the uk so the day's almost gone, but thanks, you too!
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LTblackcoat Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
very nice water it also shines well (underside lighting.) it all looks good and atmosferic.
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
That's really something.
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Wow!

This is awesome! No, amazing! It really looks great by the lighting, details and the angle of view of it.
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Thank you!
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:iconkeairan:
Keairan Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
An excellent piece for an excellent story!
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:iconsire-sword:
Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When your cuti mark is a noose, you know you have problems.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If this were :iconyoutube1plz::iconyoutube2plz: I would :thumbsup: your Comment.
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Prancypants Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
His special talent is dispensing frontier justice. He used to be a lawman-for-hire in the Wild West, before things went badly for him. :) Also, he's a pretty good cook.
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, thank you. Tell me, would you recommend I read Flight of the Alicorn?
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Prancypants Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Well, I think it's great! As the author, I'm probably a little biased. I recommend you give it a try, anyway, if you like adventure and intrigue. :)
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, I will. And yes, being the author does usually make you biased. Unless your the guy who wrote Sherlock holmes. He hated Sherlock.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Either that or it's problems for others. Maybe he's good at causing death... by his own account, he's on the run for murder.
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
He could be an executioner to. But then, why would he be on the run. (I've never read Flight of the Alicorn so I don't know any of the characters)
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
I thought that too but considering his mercenary nature, I didn't think he was that law abiding. Also he said he's wanted for murder. In the fic.
You should read it, it's good, if you're into fics.
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Sire-Sword Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I am, thanks for the tip.
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OberonKnight Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Best. First date. Ever.
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:iconwizardwannabe:
WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
A romantic walk through the aqueduct...
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AlgaeNymph Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
*looks at Buck's cutie mark*

That's not a lasso, that's a noose!
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Eyup. Makes you wonder what kinda pony he is...
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Brishton Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
This is amazing! My only critique would be that Rarity's cutie mark is a bit off. Other than that, fantastic job!
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
Thanks!
Off how? Is it not visible enough? Not big enough? I didn't think it would be very visible considering it's in shadow, and I didn't want it standing out too much.
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Brishton Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
No, no, what I meant was is that the positions of the diamonds seems a bit off. Of course, that's just me nitpicking. Everything else is great! =D
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Ah, right, yes! Yeah, another person said the same. Honestly, I was almost done, thinking 'is there anything I'm missing?' and then bam, I had forgotten her cutie mark. So I did it last, and evidently, didn't use a reference. So yeah, my fault, and I'm not going to forget next time!
Thanks for mentioning it, and thanks for the compliments!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Looking at it, the configuration of the three diamonds is different in the show... they're more vertically aligned, rather than horizontally as seen here.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner May 31, 2012
Oh, haha! I even had a Rarity reference on a top layer, I should have paid more attention.
I'll try to remember not to mess that up in future!
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harwicks-art Featured By Owner May 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I always get comments if I get a Cutie Mark wrong, or heaven forbid leave it out altogether. They're serious business, apparently. :-)
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