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Bright platform by Jowybean Bright platform by Jowybean
Not using my normal method of black and white values, i wanted to try different lighting experiments with this painting. Anything sky related I do tends to look artificial and blocky :doh: (i only recently started using textured brushes). This is not super realistic but I think it captures the atmosphere of early morning effectively. :nod:

I would like to know what you fellow pony artists think of this. :)
because I want to do a lot more environment paintings with characters in them from now on.

Check out my ongoing FIM title card project

Until next deviation LATERS :peace:

painted in Photoshop CS6 with my Wacom tablet 5

is this Cute :meow: Win :winner: Fail :crying:
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Definitely a win. The artist did a really nice job with the textures on the clouds and gave it great depth especially with the way the city hangs high over the forests below. The lighting does a great job giving the feel of an active sunrise, where part of the city is illuminated, and some are still in shadow. With the color and brightness, the pegasi citizens give it the life it needs.

I believe the greatest choice here was the size and scope. An environment shot like this one, done in the style of this artist, gives it the perfect and vibrant amount of depth and atmosphere. The style of the artist brings the clouds, the buildings, and even the forests below together very nicely.

Not long ago, I critiqued another work by this artist, done in this style. The setting and environment looked very nice and reflected upon the style of the artist. But it seemed to want to focus on the center, with an interaction between two characters who could have been given more detail. There almost seemed to be a punch line I couldn't get, or was overlooking. Initially the pegasus who appears to be holding the bright platform from the bottom caught my attention. It seemed to have an Atlas kind of feel to it, but it still isn't quite clear. But unlike the previous work, it doesn't distract from the clear and present masterpiece of the environment. If anything, it just compliments it.

I felt like that previous work was lacking something. Just a little change would have made it, just something seemed to be overlooked. Whatever it was, I believe he found it. Great work!

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I have to say that I have seen very few pieces that come to life quite like this one does! I love the amount of immaculate detail that you poured into this as well as your character design and style! The environment is extremely extensive and I appreciate that you put in so much effort to craft this vivid world! The shading and lighting looks lovely and the color work is exquisite as well in the way that it is accented by the grey and white clouds! This is an extremely amazing design and I would really love to see more of your art in the near future! Great work! Kind regards, Princess Luna
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
Dragonlover2170 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This pick look likes Rainbow Dash is Holding up Cloudsdale!
xelianthought Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013
Mearow Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Dragonlover2170 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student General Artist
DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Epicness over 9000
SleepyHeadKL Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Student
great stuff!
RizBrony Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I see Columbia instead of Cloudsdale
jackanarchy99 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Welcome to Columbia, Celestia blesses you.
HeadCase-Answers Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013




TOO EMPOWERING!!! ARRRGHH!( reduced to dust due to awesomeness*))

Culu-Bluebeaver Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Rainbow Dash reminds me of Atlas here.
Fimlie Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
wow nice painting style
sonicthespeedx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
that is AWESOME
sonicthespeedx Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
sorry i mean this is AWESOME!!!!!
opus-13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I love this! Cloudsdale is one of my favorite locations and you did an awesome job capturing it! Something about Rainbow Dash feels just a little bit off. I think it's a perspective thing? It's a pretty minor issue though. The lighting and colors are fantastic and I really love this new style. Excited to see more art like this! :D
spartanguy88 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Awesome. It looks a lot like Columbia from Bioshock Infinite.
Iguanodragon Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
This is definitely unique, and very well done! Keep up the good work. :clap:
FriendshipIsMetal777 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is beautiful!  Makes me think of Bioshock Infinite.
TheMultiCaster Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
ElementOf-Loyalty Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Almost looks like Rainbow Dash is the pegasus Atlas.
I like the detail and texturing on the front, both the platform and the clouds.
Oh, and it'd be awesome to see more landscapes with characters from you!
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