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Sunset Shimmer Four Ways -- Revised by harwicks-art Sunset Shimmer Four Ways -- Revised by harwicks-art
Revision Notes (Jan 19, 2017):  Deadlines can be a wonderful thing.  Lord knows that I'd get far less done without them.  That said, sometimes they result in an image that I'm not overly thrilled with... especially when I bite off more than I can chew in the time provided.  The original version of this was a case in point...  I love Sunset, but my attempt to do her in a more "realistic" style just didn't work for me.  I didn't like the expression, or the proportions or any of it, really, but I wanted it done for the Shimmer Day celebration and so I was kind of stuck with it.  

But rather than be haunted by all of the things I didn't care for every time I saw it in my gallery afterwards, I just opened it up and started working on it again, pushing her more towards her cartoonish proportions, changing the expression, cleaning up the hastily done pony version of her.  Is it perfect now?  Hardly... I'm sure, given enough time, I'll see a ton of other adjustments I'd want to make.  But this version has enough that I like to be satisfied.

My apologies to anyone who didn't care to be dragged back by a notice to see an image they don't feel is significantly changed... I promise I won't make a habit of this kind of thing.  The original is now in "scraps":   Sunset Shimmer Four Ways -- Original by harwicks-art

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So, which version of Sunset do I want to draw for Shimmer Day 2016, I asked myself.  Clearly, I was not able to come to a decision.  I do kind of like the idea of the raging she-demon and angelic Sunset as the classic whisper-in-your-ear shoulder angel and devil though, so indecision isn't all bad.  I still struggle with how to draw a more "realistic" version of the Equestria Girls designs, mixing it up a bit each time.  This one came out more Disney-ish, which maybe makes Sunset a bit too innocent looking.  I don't know.  Regardless, we're quickly losing daylight on this Autumnal Equinox, so I need to post this before her day is past!

Ultimately, I wanted to get in on the celebration of the character because I've grown to like her quite a bit.  She is still, by mane pony standards, a bit too thinly defined...  Most of the major (and even supporting characters) have a few more directly identifiable personality traits than Sunset does.  However, her journey for acceptance after her past misdeeds made for a compelling story that quickly got many fans rooting for her and invested in her, which is always a plus in a major character.  I'll be curious to see where they're taking her in the next film and beyond.  Hopefully at some point she can pop back to Equestria and reunite with Celestia...  I'd love to see more of pony Shimmer... But I'll take whatever crazy form they give her next.
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner May 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, nice. :)
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DragonKingAlpha Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Garen: Beautiful. 
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017
Sunset in all her state. We just want her in Equestria.

Awesome work
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4-Chap Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
She is not MLP so no she won't
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017
That won't stop people for believing.
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:icon4-chap:
4-Chap Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Doesn't matter how many believe it won't happen
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
There is still one EG movie left. We'll have to wait and see. And you may be right.

And we have yet to see the Sunset from the EG universe, not the Equestrian one.
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4-Chap Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
"There is still one EqG movie left" That tells me this EqG 5 is the last one
Give me the proof that its the last one and there won't be anymore EqG
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017
I can't say. I don't know. It's on the same level that this season may be the last and the movie in October could end the series. I know there is going to have 3 specials of 22 minutes and rumor says the fifth will go out, but like some people said on Reddit, as long as they make money, the show will go on. Do you want more EqG movie?
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4-Chap Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
No! I do not want more EqG I want less infact I want it gone!
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madbadger42 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2017  Student Artisan Crafter
So much better than Starlight Glimmer.
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Sardaukarus Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2017
Worst pony and character.
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DaggerBark Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2017  Student Digital Artist
How?
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:icon4-chap:
4-Chap Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes on top of that she isn't even MLP
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Gimme da book, Sunny Side Up. Ah need to do my weekly prank letters on Twi-- (POW! POW!)
*future me stands over my body*
Future: O_o..... They're my pranks now....
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urzapw2000 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
awesome picture!!
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:iconmokey1980s:
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Nice revision. I liked the original, but I can recognize improvements when I see them, especially the pony design. Kudos =)
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WidowPeak Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist
Whoch one do I like better? Hum. It is hard so say, they are not that different. One is obviously more cartoonish, and you worked quite a bit more on the shading of this one.

Excelent work, my friend! :D
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Armosk Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Her old face looks more humanlike than this one, but this one fits the actual cartoon style of the movies a lot more. The same can be said about the stronger colours that you have chosen.  The pony muzzle also looks better. Nice job
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jasonbres Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017
Confidentially, I preferred her with her mouth closed.
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JetPowerFIE Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Loved the original but she looks a lot better now with the revision. The cartoon proportions just do a really good job of making most aloe cuter. Plus the new smile feels a lot warmer and makes warm inside. Good work!
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Bakuel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2017   Digital Artist
Amazing stuff! I like the remake better then the old one!

Now the original was nice too but I agree with you that the more cartoon version of her looks better then the one with more realistic facial features. Maybe it's her wild hair and cartoon body proportions that mesh badly with a more realistic/disney-ish face? Maybe a more realistic equestrian girl design elements would also need a slightly more realistic body to go with it to look right. Of course, that's all character design and aesthetics so everyone will have their own opinion.

Either way both pictures are great.
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saber360 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2017
Cool :)
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ChaosPhantom444 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! ^^
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:iconbruiser128:
bruiser128 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
You just took the words and opinions right out of my head.
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Gojilion91 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
:) Spectacular Sunset Shimmer artwork!
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saber360 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
Amazing :)

I guess you could say she's a girl who's got it all four ways 'til… SUNDAY??? :D

Get it? ^_^
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Sparkleprime Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful sunset and cute
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Envirotech Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well done!! :D   ^_^
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ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow. This is my favorite picture of her ever. I love this so much. 
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CaldoRosa Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Neat
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Tiger-Hawk Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2016
vary awesome
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Tearahk Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy butts on a bagel this is incredible! :D
I absolutely LOVE the way you handled her human form. She looks amazing ^u^
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Kelseyalicia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
really amazing! Love this picture a lot! 

I just finished my MLPEG story and I gave Sunset a very special title at the end of it. Well after her life was saved after she nearly died in a horseback riding accident and after her human parents Sunfire and Yin Yang legally adopted her Princess Twilight came from Equestria to be assured the spell they cast to save Sunset life was succesful and gave her a crown and said by order of Princess Celestia from this moment forth the indviousal known as Sunset Shimmer will be known as "Ambassador of Equestria and Emissary of Friendship!" So she's basically a Princess but just does her duties in the human world. 

 But this is an amazing picture I love it! 
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RailfanBronyMedia Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
For me, Sunset is beautiful no matter what she looks like. :aww: :heart:
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jasonbres Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
Man, Sunset has been pretty much everything. She's been a unicorn, a human, a Raging She-Demon, an anthro pony, a Phoenix and an angel. Wonder what she'll be in the next film.
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darkoverlords Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
I also adore your interpretation of EQG Sunset Shimmer. =)

:love: Sunset Shimmer :love:
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
There are many sides of Sunset Shimmer. :)
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Mesamune88 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2016
Absolutely beautiful!!
I've been wanting them to show her in the main show, even as a one off to help with her character, as waiting for a year for an "episode" is annoying.
another great work put into my backgrounds folder (6 of yours total)
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
I agree, pony Sunset Shimmer would be awesome to finally see more of, but as of now, I'll take what I can get.

Very nice work here, btw =)
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JustJoeKing Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Gimme da book, Sunny Side Up. Ah need to do my weekly prank letters on Twiley.....
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AniRichie-Art Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful and you captured her so well. T.T  <3
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BenRG Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
I think that this is one of the best Sunset Shimmer fan-arts that I've seen in a while. Apart from use use of tone and shading to give the characters a 'real' look, you also do a good job at portraying the extremes of the character of the different places she's been to in her personal journey.

Thanks for sharing this with us!
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016
Awesome!
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Pony-from-Everfree Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Good job! Her pony form looks almost like made of brass. The details on the hair of the little ones (especially the fire-like) and clothes, perfectly defining which material are they made of. Though maybe her face seems like that of a boy, but nevermind.

Also, is there a chance we'd get a close-up of the angel version. It's both awesome and hilarious ;)
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MGOUriel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
She can b yur angel or yur deveal.


Nice job! Monkeythumbplz by yoyohideplz  
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coolness!!
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MLP-NovelIdea Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Professional Writer
Epic. And you nailed the header for the final art post of the night! Well done! 
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