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The Crystal Empire by I-am-knot The Crystal Empire by I-am-knot
I was quite uninspired by this one. I am sorry to all you Cadence fans out there. I got sloppy with this design.
Next will be Twilight and hopefully it will turn out a bit better.
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015
Some how i like this one more then other three princess (and don't get me wrong, they look fantastic. But it just not my taste, that all).
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
"We're an Empire in NAME only you know. We're a city state surrounded by a frozen wasteland."

"Yes Princess, but the armor is traditional." 
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really beautiful!!! :love: :love: :love:
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KaelerreonS Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Her armor reminds me of Anor Londo and Ornstein's Armor.
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d715 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Acuity this is the best one and fits the character the most

Luna looks kinda try hard 
Celestia's just a blog 'evil'
And Twilight is meh
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Good to know, thanks!
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d715 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
welcome
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HyperactiveChaosgirl Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely Princess Cadence one here, really neat^^
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:iconfeanorkelsick:
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
its not so bad, not as cool as the lunar one but, to quote a certain CMC "I really like her mane!"
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I guess it's not all that bad, thanks. And for that quote, I love you!
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Ox26 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Its not bad, but this is my least favorite of the series. I would have liked to see more reflection of the Crystal Empire in her armor. I think Cadence would have been the mediator between the two Empires. She would be the voice of reason calling for peace. I love the entire series, and would love to have them as prints to hang in my home. 

I can't wait to see what you come up with next. Maybe doing the villains next? 
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013
oh WOW! this is really amazing! i like the armor design and coloring. this is very very cool.
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you Ashoof.
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sugar-plum123 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A wonderful masterpiece! Bravo :iconderpyclapplz:
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, applauds from both your oc and derpy. Thank you.
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sugar-plum123 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No prob
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HSDclover Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Why does she remind me of Elspeth?
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Who?
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EonOrteaShadowmaster Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Student Writer
I love that motto!
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah it did work out pretty well didn't it?
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xelianthought Featured By Owner May 10, 2013
Incredible piece!
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:iconi-am-knot:
I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, thank you.
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reighreigh18 Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Student Writer
Well, this derives from the Sisters a little with a more... uh, decorative feel to the armor compared to the other two. Her not wearing a helmet, instead wearing a crown/veil thing reinforces that also. Also derivative to the warrior-princess vibe from Celestia and Luna.

Yep. Nice.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I thought, since Cadence thing seems to be love and her ability to alter ponies affection, she would most likely not partake on the battlefield. Instead she uses diplomacy.

Thanks.
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Dakathi666 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Nice!
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
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StarShineTheAlicorn Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is AMAZING!! :O
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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StarShineTheAlicorn Featured By Owner May 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No prob
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Alladaur Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
She's amazing
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sure she would appreciate you saying that.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Fantastic work! :D
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic comment.
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
Thanks! :bow:
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Nighzmarquls Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this simpler design with still showing the face really works best.

The overwrought helms of the sisters just seems a bit out of character to me.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I personally prefer the covered faces. But thank you for the input.
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Luna-ticScientist Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Trying to think why this one feels different to the Luna/Celestia ones -- part of it (for me) is the darkness of the hind legs; compared to the other two princesses, they are so dark as to be nearly invisible, which means she looks bipedal at first glance.
Not to say it's bad, obviously -- it's just not as distinctive as the other two (Celestia's barbaric splendor or Luna's 'black knight' look). Also I like the wing size you use for these; it's good to see a 'realistic' approach.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah I might have gone a bit overboard with the darkness inside the dress. It's a funny but creepy idea of a bipedal creature like that.
The ideas I have for Twi will probably be a bit more distinctive. We'll see.

Also, one of the things that I noticed that sets them apart is that Cadence doesn't have a big mane and tail that's in focus.
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
I think it looks good.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner May 7, 2013
you're welcome.
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Rain-Gear Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't think I could ever get tired of your art, your grasp on colour, shading, shapes, value (bernd reference for you there) are astounding. Glad I added you to my watch list and hope many more people come to see your work.

On a little note I'd suggest something similar to Pirill's comment. It seems a little too "dull" for something I'd imagine in the crystal empire. Although this might just be me over romanticizing it.
Great work either way.
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm also glad you added me to your watch list. I have 400 some watchers already. It's insane.

About making this less dull. I should. But I'm so tired of it at the moment that I just want to move on to the next one. But thank you for the feedback.
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Tiger-Lylli Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
These are very unique, and love the set! I have to say this is my favorite one right now. <3
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really? Well then I did something right. Thank you.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd have gone with an ancient Rome theme. Y'know, since her full title's Italian and it's the Crysal EMPIRE (and several ponies have laurel cutie marks).

Still nice though! :)
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I-am-knot Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes that is what I should have done. But I'm just happy to be done with it.
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HareTrinity Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, okay
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El-Chuckles Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
Wow. I literally just clicked watch about half an hour ago. I'm already not disappointed.

While it's not quite as striking as the Luna and Celestia pieces, this is still very nice. I wouldn't say worse, it's just got a different theme. The other two pictures seemed like badass warrior-queen-types, while Cadance seems more serene here. I'm getting a pretty big medieval Arabian vibe, what with the cloak, head-piece and the armour, especially the hanging beads attached to the gorget-looking plate on her neck. I'm guessing that's where you got the bulk of your inspiration? Regardless, it suits Cadence pretty well. The Crystal Empire and medieval Arabia are both pretty mysterious, and they seem to mesh well for some reason.

I'm also digging the background and little motto you've got going on. The effects for both are pretty nifty. Oh, and the art itself is gorgeous, but that's to be expected from the quality level that you've shown with your other work. If I'd have to criticize one thing, it'd be the legs. They're fine as is, but they could serve to have a bit more weight to them. They're looking a tad thin. Maybe a slightly more dynamic pose using the legs, too. Perhaps a hoof raised in the air or just off the ground? Just a random suggestion, and you're the artist here, so you can do what you want.

Other than that small nit-pick, there's nothing bad to say about this, really. Not sure what you're complaining about in that description. Very nice job. I'm looking forward to the Twilight one.
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