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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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:iconstormalchemist15:
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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:icongojira012:
Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Poor Trixie will she ever find the Greatness she seeks
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Isn't she great already?
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:iconkolbaski:
kolbaski Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
Love itLa la la la Love Love 
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconnuvolavolpe:
NuvolaVolpe Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
:love:
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:iconganondox:
Ganondox Featured By Owner 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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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, mission success!
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:iconmissip:
MissIp Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
wonderful
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:iconradlanjay:
RadlanJay Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Straight to my wallpaper folder
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Score!
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:iconcmaggot:
cmaggot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
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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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner 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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Shadowflashdabearded Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Something one could certainly stare at for over 10 minutes
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner 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:
cmaggot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Challenge accepted :I
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
; )
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Amazing piece.

It truly look great.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Cajobif!
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
It's natural. This is what we dream how Equestria would look like in the show.
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:icon69norbi:
69norbi Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sooo much detaaaaail *.*
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Now with 200% more detail. Don't miss this once in a lifetime offer. Call now on 0800-D-Tail, that's 0800   D   Tail.
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69norbi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:D
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:iconskpip:
SKpip Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Does the 200% more detail make it 20% cooler?
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At least.
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Ballman64 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such an astounding piece. So very atmospheric and such good lighting.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh I don't think anyone have called my art astounding yet. Thanks for that!
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:iconskpip:
SKpip Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is really cool! I love the storm clouds.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure the feeling is mutual.

Thank you!
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:iconwentox:
WentoX Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Stunning, Why is she leaving her cart behind though? Somehow that just makes me incredibly sad.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The wheel broke. So she left the wagon, her cape and her hopes and dreams behind her.
I was trying to make the viewers sad. So that's good.
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EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
She brought that on herself.

Interesting style take on your behalf. I know you said "heavily inspired by..." but I think it's really cool that you did this regardless of that fact. Great use of perspective, light and mood!
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, all villains are missunderstood. They are never at fault. Thanks!
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:iconsirsky7:
Sirsky7 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Beautiful, truly beautiful
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, truly thanks.
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TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
That darn scenery, man. Seriously. Your pony style is great, but that scenery steals the... well, scene. The perspective of the land is great, and your shading and light work here are masterful. Truly well done.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well it's not really my style. But I still appreciate you liking it so much, thanks!
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:iconfixap:
Fixap Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
NICE!
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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batosan Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not a big Trixie fan, but this went to my Favs faster than I could click the mouse! Very well done! Emotional and visually stunning! 
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
o_O How is that even possible. Do you have one of those curse mouses?
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batosan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Demon Mouse! AaaaaHHHGGGGHHH! Back! Demon mouse! I shall not do your bidding! (just a little fun there! Just wished to embellish the awesomeness of your work! Kind of like the statement..."No sooner said than done." or my usual "Insta-Fav"!) Really enjoy your works!
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Beautiful.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks.
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
you're welcome.
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:iconfire-link:
Fire-Link Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Awesome work. How's things going?
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. Good.
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Fire-Link Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
That's good.
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:iconmadd-the-sane:
madd-the-sane Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
So… detailed! :D
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a tad.
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Great piece! Trixie may be beautiful, but that background is precious :D Really impressive work, especially the raining effect. It provides the image with many feelings
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