This one was pretty experimental, allowing me to use a few new programs (WhiteDiamonds convinced me to give Paint Tool Sai a try, and I used it as well as my usual Photoshop in fleshing this one out.) For a while now, I've been meaning to do a pony sculpture... I don't have all that much experience with sculpting, but I've tried it once or twice. I thought, rather than just have a pony standing there I'd try and do a nice little scene of Twilight at her desk. (I never learn to keep things simple.) Then I got my hands on a copy of the 3-D figure software "Poser" and found out that there were pony models for it floating around out there (I snagged one credited to the talented KP-Shadowsquirrel) and I thought that I might do a computer model of the scene I was envisioning to use as reference when modeling the actual one.
At some point after creating this, I kind of wandered away from my original intention to do a sculpture altogether (something shiny probably grabbed my attention), but I had a rough render sitting on my hard drive that was kind of neat, so I ended up painting over it to produce the image you see here... Pretty much all of the lighting details have been changed from the render, and obviously tons of other detail has been added as well as all of the figure fixes that I couldn't begin to figure out how to do in the 3-D program. Ultimately though, I do like the sense of depth that the forced perspective of the original render gives the image.
I've posted the Poser render here, in case anyone is interested in seeing what was computer generated and what was painted in:
As someone who has just gotten into drawing, I enjoyed being able to hear the typical drawing times of a fellow artist; I have to admit that your timeline of drawing is quite similar to mine, with yours obviously looking alot better in the end : ) I figure mine will look better after more experience, hopefully closer to how yours looks, as it's more of what I aspire to be able to draw
Any advice you can give me on improving my drawings, like techniques? I draw using Photoshop CS6, using my mouse, as I find drawing on the computer the most comfortable way for me to draw.
Aaaaaww!!! She's really tired because of her royal duties... poor girl...
Beautiful job! Simply love it!
I can imagine the coronation pushes her to study harder than EVER before.
I love how she uses her OWN feathers for quills now ... that was so not unexpected.
Being a Student myself ... I almost think I have to print this out and hang it on my wall for inspiration.
If Twilight is a down to earth leader that goes to the grassroots of relations and issues and is more of a citizen than a decorated figure (ugh I don't like that regalia, it seems so garish on Twilight), including living among those she looks out for instead of being coped up in the Canterlot castle among the hyper refined higher classes that boarder on drolling dolls where most ponies never see her face to face, and at that only on formal occasions *retch*
that is a princess I'd never have much issue with: ever
and this pic... that's the pony I know... and that's the pony that makes a great leader