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A Princess Here Before Us... Behold!  Behold! by harwicks-art A Princess Here Before Us... Behold!  Behold! by harwicks-art
I know a lot of folks are worried about where they might be taking the show in season 4, but by and large I'm not. I just can't see Twilight changing all that much, and since word has it that she'll be heading back to live in Ponyville, I suspect the show in general won't change that much either. Perhaps my lack of concern is due to the various epic fantasy stories I read while growing up... At first I was surprised they didn't save Twilight's ascension to Princesshood for the series finale, but on reflection I recalled that it wasn't all that uncommon for the farm boy to be made king halfway through a series after all. It usually is just the point at which he has to start learning how to be a good king, and maybe get ready to slay a god or fulfill an ancient prophecy or something. Pulling the sword out of the stone is often just the end of the first act.

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:
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*laughing* Ahhh she's gone for the week...
Bloodwolf92 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
How long does something like this usually take you? Just curious cuz you have alot of amazing art, and I've just gotten into drawing myself, some of I which I've posted already ^_^
harwicks-art Feb 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It can be hard to track, as I tend to work on them in my free time stretched over several days.  In general, they tend to take me a fair amount of time... 12-20 hours, although some of the simpler ones I can do in an evening.  The portraits tend to just take an hour or two at most, but I usually don't go for speed, being happy to just color and shade while I watch television.
Bloodwolf92 Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
First off, thanks for replying....I posted the question 2 or 3 times because my comment would disappear after I would post it, so I wasn't sure if you seen it : /
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 =D
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.
Bloodwolf92 Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just gotta ask, because you have so many beautiful drawings......How long does it take to create a masterpiece like this?
ashley902 Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
jajajajaj mucho trabajo
MLPegasis4898 Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Aaaaaww!!! She's really tired because of her royal duties... poor girl... :(

Beautiful job! Simply love it! :heart:

Catiacaterina Nov 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sleeping princess. Hatsune-Miku-(Sleeping) [Music Girl] 05 
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