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Regrets by I-am-knot Regrets by I-am-knot
I was heavily inspired by my favorite pony artist for this one. So make sure to check out :iconcmaggot: because that dude is the master of arts!

This idea hit me yesterday and I spent most of today making it. My guess is it took around 12 hours to make.
Poor Trixie.
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This was a very moving piece of artwork.I must say, I'm not much of a Trixie fan, but this put her in a different light for me. The quality of the image is amazing, and the emotional value is rather high. I'm actually wondering which Ponyville revelation this was after: The Boast busting or the Alicorn Amulet Incident?

Anyways, I really like the shading in the background, and Canterlot, perched high on the mountain,standing stoically before the rainstorm, partially hidden by clouds... It kind of reminds me of Laputa from Castle in the sky. Also, Is the small town in the background, on the ground, Ponyville? or some other town, maybe? I don't know, and it's not really necessary for this critique. All in all, an amazing piece of work with a great revelation to it.

On average: 4.5 stars.
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Ganondox Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love cmaggot so much, you've imitated his style very well while still making it your own. 
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I-am-knot Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, mission success!
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:iconradlanjay:
Straight to my wallpaper folder
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I-am-knot Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Score!
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:iconcmaggot:
Oh god, I love this. Love. I'm not really sure where to start, there are so many things I want to say about this picture. Better brace for wall of text! :O

The main motif is very touching, and she's obviously the first thing that catches your eye. I like that you've kept it vague enough that we have to fill in some blanks ourselves, and make up our own stories. That way of guiding the viewer through the storytelling without spelling everything out in capitals always makes it so much more powerful. And I absolutely love how all the parts of the picture work together to tell the story. They're not just there to fill out the canvas, they're all integral. And then how it makes the picture open up. Trixie -> Wagon -> BACKGROUND O_O

Because despite how well the picture tells its story, for me the background is really the main event. It is one of those rare pieces that sucks you in and takes you *there*. I've been going on adventures wandering around the landscape with my eyeballs for I don't know how long now, and I keep getting lost in there between writing each sentence. Something about the lighting and how perfectly you "sell" the sense of scale and distance plays tricks on  my brain and I get those wonderful split-second glimpses of Actually. Being. There.

The execution is pretty much flawless as far as I am concerned. As said, you get the sense of distance across so well. How the colors shift and how smoothly and consistent you decrease and simplify the level of detail, while still keeping enough there to give us something to grab on to. I'm also very fond of just the brush strokes. They feel so sure and unforced. Heh, I just keep spotting new things I want to point out. Like how the light shining through the clouds onto Ponyville helps to lead you into the picture. And how the perspective seems to rise towards us ever so slightly in the distance ( though I'm not sure if it's because the land rises towards the mountains or whether I'm just imagining it all together) futher enhancing the feel of looking out over a landscape. And how the low clouds give a sence of space and distance in the air too and not just along the ground. To give some criticism as well ('cause that's what caring artists do to each other, or something :D ), I think that you could be more bold with the foreground. While it really does not detract at all, it feels a bit shy hiding in the corners.

This really is one of my favourite pieces of pony art ever, probably the favourite-est. It just has some kind of magic that makes it so much more than the sum of its parts. I'm so humbled  that you mention me as an inspiration, that is honestly the kindest compliment you could have given. On a funny side note, I've actually been working on a eerily similar piece. It also has Trixie in the foreground and a serpentine path through a vast landscape. It's pretty different in mood though, and it wont hold a candle to this one. :)

Lastly I'd just like to point out that if all this droning art babble makes me seem like a pretentious arsehole, it's your picture that made me do it so it's actually your fault. :D


Now I shall go visit that little village half-way up the mountainside along the road to Canterlot, and then maybe explore the plains beyond the forest behind that little lake...
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I-am-knot Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Man, getting comments from talented artists is always great. And when it's from your own favorite, it's just too good to be true! And then on top of that it's an in depth comment. So thank you ever so much mr C.

I'm glad you actually noticed all the little things in the background. My hope was to take people on a little "trip". I kind of wanted to tell two stories with this one. Trixie's story and the landscapes/society's story. Making people consider all that isn't said in the background. Like the farm ponies living next to the fields, making dinner for their families. The little "outpost" half way up to Canterlot, where some guards are playing dice to pass the time or whatever. You can't actually see any of this, but I wanted the world to feel alive enough for this to be the case.

And I am grateful for the feedback. It's what helps me grow. I agree the foreground is weak. It's very much an afterthought. And it shows. I also have some "lines" that don't work too well. Like the cloud that blends in with her hat. Making for a too long diagonal. If you ask me at least.

It's funny that you had a similar piece. Because I was working on a realistic topview/map of Equestria and then saw that you had made one. But I stopped working on it before that. Still, kinda funny.

And don't worry about the "droning art babble", I accept full responsibility. And gladly, because I smiled while reading all of it. So thank you again!

Have a good trip!
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:iconshadowflashdabearded:
Something one could certainly stare at for over 10 minutes
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No one has stared longer at it than me, I can guarantee it. Thank you very much!
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:iconcmaggot:
Challenge accepted :I
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