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A Friendly Game by I-am-knot A Friendly Game by I-am-knot
dA does something with the darkness level on this one. I don't know how to stop it, so sorry about that.
The downloadable version has the proper contrast.

NOTE!: It's not chess. It's Pony Battle Lords.
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:iconthereturnofthewill:
there is a lot happening in the image but is dose not look to busy.
the white outline around the pony's was a great idea, it counter balances the dark perfectly.
the blurry table and books in front gives it nice photographic effect!
the lighting makes it all look very realistic and matches the background nicely.

there is so much detail is this photo, it's amazing, from the melted candle wax to the street lights outside, they all make the image just a little more interesting.

this style of art is not easy to pull off, but you did it with grace and Originality, nice work.
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Where to start with off this piece, first off I really like the style of art you went with, it comes off very mystical and serene, which goes great with Twilight being the focus of this piece because she has the emphasis of magic and overall comes off as a very mystical individual, making her fit perfectly in this piece.

Also, as I see it, Rainbow Dash has come to Twilight's on a calm summers night, judging by the look on her face, to inquire about something that has been bugging her, and Twilight being the wise and sound advice giving pony of the main six, is glad to help.

Your piece is great because it depicts a story, and really makes the viewer feel indulged with what they have just viewed, and is something that I think should be included in more art because it just adds to the overall appeal of the art altogether and leaves the viewer with a more fulfilled feeling.

The detail in this piece is just fantastic, the darkness of the room mixed with the shimmer of the candles and Twilight's magic is a great balance and makes it very easy on the eyes, also the blurry effect of the desk really stresses that you put a lot of attention to detail in your art and is a great visual effect.

I will finish off with the beautiful night sky that is visible from the windows, it is very eye catching but is perfectly placed in this piece so it is not too overwhelming, giving the viewer some space to look at the rest of the piece on an equal scale, exceptionally done.
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Lexical-Writer Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Student Writer
May I use this for an upcoming story I have on Fimfiction? In the description, I will be sure to credit you for making this amazing artwork. Let me know.

Cheers,

L
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GO right ahead, buddy!
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J25TheArcKing Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:icontwilightclapplz: I love the colors, light to dark it's so professional. Fan art rocks... :iconrainbowdashclapplz:
Perfect scenery and nice characters...
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mikupichu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even like me?
Boy: No
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
Boy: No
She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u...I love u
Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will...
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have baD luck in relationships for the next 10 years
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goth-of-whoville Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
You say there's a problem with the darkness on the picture but I think it's actually very complementary. I absolutely love the warm hues here, they give the scene a really cozy feel. Next to that I really like the distortion effect on the windows. The way you designed the room takes me back to the set design of Disney's "Pinnochio" actually.
Nice job!
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PoniPie Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Seems pretty unlikely to me.
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
ILoveYourJob!!!!
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, i like my job too.
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Ponkool4 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
I love it how Rainbow Dash is thinking so hard, but Twilight's just reading a cookbook. :)
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crow-proxy Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really like these two conflicting styles together. 
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They are best-worst frienemies.
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aMadCutie Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist
I really love how you made the perspective from an eye. Like, the blurr when youre close to something.
Btw, I rly love how you made the candles! :iconhappyrarityplz:
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JETJK3 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Two Eggheads Playing Chess

:icontwilitesparkleplz: Your move, Dashie.

:icondashieshutupplz: Shut up I'm think'n!
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CresentBladedBrony Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Aw, this isn't even fair, Twilight... XD

This is like Rainbow Dash taking on Fluttershy in a race. Lol But it's still so cute.

Hopefully Twilight will let her win at least once. ;)
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faithallgood Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013
Girl: Do u even want to be with me forever?
Boy: No
Girl: Do u even like me?
Boy: No
Girl: Would u cry if i walked away?
Boy: No
She heard enough and was hurt... She walked away with tears in her eyes
The boy grabbed her arm
Boy: Your not pretty...your beautiful
Boy: I dont want to be with u forever...I need to be with u forever
Boy: I dont like u...I love u
Boy: I wouldn't cry if u walked away......I would die if u walked away.
Boy Whispers: Plz stay with me
Girl: I will...
*Tonight at midnight your true love will realize they loves u
*Something good will happen to u at 1-4pm
*Tomorrow it could be anywhere!!!
*Get ready for the shock of your life!
*If u dont post this to 5 other comments... You will have baD luck in relationships for the next 10 years
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I think this is an awesome concept. I'd love to see these two go against each other in a game of any sort. A great battle of wits.

The low lighting effects are very well done. I'm especially impressed you did this when you didn't need to. I really like the highlight you gave the ponies, it makes them pop.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Elliot,

I'm a bit confused. What didn't I have to do?
I mean technically I didn't have to do anything.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I don't think you had to use the candle lighting effect. You could have just kept it a well lit room and no one would have noticed. Instead, you decided to use the candles, very impressive.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The candle effect is actually easier than making the room well lit.
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LateCustomer Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013   Digital Artist
Ponies aside (dig them), I really love the background here.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aren't you just a sweetheart. Thanks.
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SorteKanin Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Chess, Pony Battle Lords, does it even matter? Twilight's going to win anyway xD
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All too true.
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thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Luna Clapping Pony Icon - Fluttershy Clapping Pony Icon - Rainbow Dash Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Cadence Clapping Pony Icon - Princess Celestia Clapping Pony Icon - Nightmare Moon Clapping Pony Icon - Pinkie Pie Clapping Pony Icon - Changeling Clapping Pony Icon - Vinyl Scratch Clapping Pony Icon - Rarity Clapping Pony Icon - Applejack Clapping Pony Icon - Trixie Clapping Pony Icon - Lightning Dust Clapping Pony Icon - Soarin - Wonderbolt Uniform 
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm guessing that's pretty much all of them?
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RagnarokAKAKIRBY61 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
wait just one minute! ......wheres derpy? :meow:
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thereturnofthewill Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
yep
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Sounds interesting! :)
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey, BV! You mean the game?
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Yes, the game! :)
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Macbow333 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
RD, I'm sorry, but you're screwed.  You're up against Twilight and this is probably only your first rematch of what will be a very long night full off defeat after defeat... interspersed with a few victories given by Twilight out of pity.  I mean seriously, this appears to be a game of tactics, and she beat the pants of Sunset Shimmer in earning her Element of Magic Tiara in that alternate universe adventure.  She even fooled most of the faculty and student body into thinking she was a student in enough time to gain their trust get their votes, trounce SS with the (patent pending) Rainbow of Coercion, and get back home in time, all while making a positive impact on that world.

...oh, you mean that's not how she told it?  Well, from a third party perspective that was pretty much what happened. You're not going to beat Twi at this game unless she gives you a victory on a jewel encrusted silver platter.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
True athletes never give up. They RAGE QUIT!
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Macbow333 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Which is just a more explosive form of giving up.
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Rambopvp Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow I just love everything about everything you do when you draw a piece like this.
The shading, the linework, the little white lines especially.
It's just so AAAAHHH SO GOOD!! :la:
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are the first one to say that you like the white lines, I think. That makes you awesome! And the fact that you make wicked nice stuff yourself just adds to said awesomeness.
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Rambopvp Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thanks!
Why is it that nobody likes the white lines? It's a nice separation technique thingy.
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Tenkan-47 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow. The lighting is amazing! Brilliant.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, chucks. Thanks.
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
sweet pic
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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Blackwind06 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
no prob
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
Nice pic! The characters look amazing, and the background is really well done! The only thing I donīt really like are the white lines of the characters, but itīs still awesome
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks man, glad you like it.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
I love this however I find the white outlines a tad distracting. Reminds me of pony stickers. :P
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And pony stickers is a good thing, right? I can't skip the white outlines, it's what makes my style...well, my style.
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
Okay then. :) Style is style, not gonna argue with it.
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Tuume Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013   Writer
I can see this happening. Maybe Rainbow stays over after a reading session and some prodding from Twilight and they get into a few rounds of chess. The lighting and colors are well done. It looks good.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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Raedrob Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
The mood and lighting in this one is great, well done!
I'll say one thing though, you could tone down the rim light coming from outside the window a bit.
It would probably be more blue and not quite as bright, especially considering they're not sitting super close to the window.
Again. the mood is really nice =)
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