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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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