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The Flight of the Alicorn by WizardWannabe The Flight of the Alicorn by WizardWannabe
And here it is! The painting I spent a shameful amount of time creating!
The Flight of the Alicorn

It was a battle; I was flung far from my comfort zones. But I have benefited from it, I think.

I am pleased to say, that this will be the book cover to *Prancypants printed Flight of the Alicorn fanfiction! It was an honour.

Here's a guide overlay showing where the front, back and side folds will be: [link]

Here's the preparation sketches I did, and half the reason it took so long. Warning, huge files.
Part 1: [link]
part 2: [link]
part 3: [link]
WIP shots: [link]

As usual, any kind of comment is welcome, critique or otherwise.
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Given 2012-08-21
The Flight of the Alicorn by *WizardWannabe ( Suggested by Prancypants and Featured by Lyricanna )
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The foremost thing with this piece is the shear number of characters and level of detail. It's a very lively piece with a WHOLE lot going on-- that level of engagement is no small feet.

Critique wise, there are a few things I can point out. Rarity and Blueblood are clearly a focus on the piece, but the actions going on, though impressive, do kinda get distracting. The transition from dark background to light foreground helps with this, but at the same time, the darkness makes it a little hard to see some of the characters in the distance or around the center zeppelin.

The colors seem to go all over the place and I think this actually is a benefit: the huge array of colors gives this piece a very vivid and stark pallet, and really lends itself to the fantasy feel. That being said, a saturation transition may have helped further give the piece some additional focus on the front of the dark zeppelin and on the hero and heroine. The background just feels a little oversaturated.

The one thing I want to point out to conclude is the rain: as I've said, the level of detail is impressive, especially with how many characters are flying about in combat, but the rain is where this really shines. The water is flecking off the railings, striking the surfaces, and soaking the character. At that, it's all behaving naturally. I can see there was a LOT of attention to the water, something that is often overlooked. You didn't skint out on any details. It brings this piece up from being dramatic to outright dangerous and powerful. Overall, stellar work.
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Gorgeously whimsical and dreamy. Very intense and passionate. Very colorful and captivating. So much detail, so much time, so much planning, so much drawing, so much art, so much perfection. Is there ANYTHING worth criticizing here? Because everything is PERFECT. EVERYTHING IS WONDERFUL. This is a magic filled dreamland filled with wonder and excitement, thrill and adventure, evil and good, battles and conflict, and I want to be there. I want to be in there. I want to immerse myself in this wonderland, this perfect haven, this storybook. Your talent is outstanding, it is perfect. It is gorgeous. It is just, yes. And it's MLP so OBVIOUSLY it's wonderful. But even without my fanism, this is just perfect. ANYONE would have to agree. Just, anyone. Good job. Great job. Perfect job.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just finished reading the book. I had to take off the cover since I was worried I was going to ruin it. 
Although I kept wonder when this happened in the book, like that first thunder storm I was like "oh so this is where the cover art happens, but wait why are there wonderbolts in there? And where are all those others on the airship o.0"

So ya really enjoyed the book, like the technique you used to light this picture, I had a few people make a double take when they saw the book lying near by and were asking to be sure if that was My little pony xD 
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
It's been a while since I read it myself, and painted this, so I don't quite remember exactly.  But I think *Prancypants didn't mind if there were a few things not entirely correct?  You may want to ask him yourself.  I think the goal was to just make the cover look as epic as possible.

But thanks, I'm glad you liked the book and my artwork!  I've always liked Chiaroscuro lighting/painting style, even if it's not exactly that.  At first I wasn't sure that was the direction *Prancypants wanted but he loved it.  But I thought it'd work considering the light sources and how striking it would look.
And I love that reaction from people you describe. That is awesome.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh no you did you get the cover right to the story, it was just near the end wear the cover art actually takes place. 
I just like guessing when I'm reading to see when the art is actually happening in the book
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013
Oh right, yeah, I like to do that too, especially with Terry Pratchett books.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't ever read any of the books, but I have seen the movies for "color of magic" and "the hog father" 
Probably should find those and finally read them
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
I'd recommend them above anything else.  I love Pratchetts' books.
Also, his current artist for the books is fantastic; Paul Kidby.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm I guess I'll have to find a copy and the time to read them
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
You regret it! Soon you'll have blasted through all 40 or so books, haha!
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PnFink Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I do wish you drew more pictures like this, dear.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013
Thanks, me too.
But life has been a little pressing at the moment. A lot of my time has been trying to get a job, with little success, which is just highly demotivating.
Even so, I wish I had been more productive.
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PnFink Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unequivocally, I'm not the most efficacious either.
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LordGodsServant Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
Having read the Flight of the Alicorn, I must say that this piece of artwork is absolutely spectacular.  Just the sheer level of detail and car put into it is astounding.  From the rain, to the background Wonderbolts fighting the Gryphons, to the guns, to even the characters themselves (who by the way also look awesome), this entire picture is a masterpiece.
I am curious, did you use Photoshop to edit this?
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Thank you for the praise!

Yeah I used Photoshop to paint it all, CS5. Took ages, but it was worth it.
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LordGodsServant Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
How long is ages, weeks or months?
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013
Best part of about 2-3 months.  It was the most detailed, largest painting I'd ever done, and required a lot of research.
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Celer-Mortalis-095 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Spectacular! I can't wait to read the fanfiction! From the look of the cover, it should be interesting. (I don't believe in don't judge a book by it's cover.)

I can picture this song going perfectly with it! [link]
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013
Thanks!
It is interesting; a very enjoyable fanfic! I really do think it's one of the best in the fandom.

And good music selection, it does fit nicely, and it's one of my favourites of Aviators!
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OnlyInThisLight Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
It's super gorgeous and perfectly captures the epic scope of the story, but I have to say Buckaroo's neck looks oddly long.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thanks.
Yeah, there are a few bits of the painting that, in my inexperience, I wasn't 100% sure about. Buck's neck one of them. I reasoned it was just the way he was standing, and that he is big and strong and has a thick neck. Also, it framed around the gun better, but I probably should have taken that into account.
Anyway, thanks for commenting.
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OnlyInThisLight Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
I only even noticed it because I adore staring at this coverart for long periods of time. :3 Rarity and Bluebood's expressions were so unique, yet in character and captivating, that I had to give the story a read.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Ah no worries.
I'm very happy you began reading it due to my painting, are you enjoying it? You should definitely tell the author if you are, he'd appreciate it.
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BlackGryph0n Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Holy crap dude! O_O
I think I have to watch you...
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Thanks, watch away!
Though I haven't been very productive of late.
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Mr-War Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
So...Epic...
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Illusorie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Student General Artist
I just finished reading the story; this is AMAZING. Love it :heart:
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thanks!
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Swanndroid Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
This is such a striking composition! If it wasn't immediately obvious, if TFotA ever gets a printed run ohboyohboy do I hope that this is the jacket art. Simply excellent work, I cannot get over the amount of quality here!

As an aside, is there any chance we'll get this in 1080p (or greater) resolution? I'd love to be able to set this as my desktop background.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thanks!
I know it's going to be a printed book at least once. The author is making it, and this painting I did is the dust jacket. I can't wait for him to show off some photos of it. He sent me a huge print of it (signed by Tabitha St Germain) but I still want to see it on an actual book.

I'm...not sure about uploading a higher resolution, I usually reserve those for clients. But I can ask him if he's okay with it, and I'll get back to you about it.
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Swanndroid Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Very nice! Here's to hoping the book gets a full-fledged run a la Fallout: Equestria.

@resolution: yeah, I figured something like that was the case. If you (or he) is uncomfortable with it, I understand. No worries!
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
I asked him about a printing, he said he'd be willing to get more printed if there's an interest. He mentioned he wanted to get at least his own done in two weeks. So if you want one, ask him.

I asked regarding the higher resolution image, I'm afraid that it will have to be reserved for the commissioner, sorry.
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Swanndroid Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
Thanks for checking up for me!
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012
No problem, didn't want to leave you hanging.
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Shalrath239 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Very vivid scene. The level of detail is phenomenal, the lighting is top notch, and the dynamic elements give a sense of watching something happening, rather than just looking at a pretty picture.


Bravo.
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
Thank you very much!
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Innak Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
Message from Kkat:

That is unbelievably awesome! :wow: Extremely dramatic, with epic visuals and powerful coloration and effects. :love:

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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
Kkat? Where have I heard that name before? Huh! Oh yeah, author of the acclaimed Fallout: Equestria fanfic! Although, I must admit I've still not read it, despite the unanimous praise it draws. I really should at some point, I've been meaning to.

Thank you very much for the compliments!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
Epicness overload.

Very awesome work.
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familyof6 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012   Digital Artist
This is just amazing, the shading, the drawings EVERYTHING, it aslo gives me loads of ideas for my next drawings
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Thanks! I'm happy to inspire!
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ToaDJacara Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Cool :)
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QuirkyIceHeart Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing!
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Count-Urbonov Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well....Damn! That's impressive.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I looked at the thumb of this, and the swirly clouds look like ponies in the thumbnail. Was that intentional?
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
No, not intentional. I can't see it on the thumbnail, but that's probably just because I spent so long on it, even in thumbnail it looks like what I know it is.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You see where Rarity is? Well, the swirl over her looks like her in the thumbnail.

The center of the swirl looks like her eye. The little white dot that the lighting bolt is coming from looks like a little shine on her eye. She is facing to the right, and I can see a unicorn horn sticking out in the upper right, formed by a combination of clouds and two raindrops. The right side of the swirl looks like the front of her head, and the left side of it looks like her neck. The purple cloudcover above the white swirl looks like her mane, and it's facing backwards toward the airship, just like it's "supposed to".

The lighting bolt is jumping from her eye to her cutie mark and that lower swirl- the real Rarity is pointing to, is the back of her body and the purple in it looks like her tail.

I usually hate when people tell me they see shapes and stuff that I don't see and don't give me enough of a description, so I hope that's enough! It's everything I see! Does the swirly cloud in the background near Rarity look like her now? In the thumbnail?
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
Heh, more than enough description! I can sort of see what you mean now, though it's still hard for me to not see what I know is there.
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad I was able to help you see.

Now, whether you actually wanted to see another Rarity in the picture is another story...
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WizardWannabe Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Nothing wrong with more Rarity!
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ToddNTheShiningSword Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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Except that it's an oxymoron! :XD:
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MuppetMunchkin Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow that's amazing !!! No shame in taking your time to create that!
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