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Apple Stroll by AssasinMonkey Apple Stroll by AssasinMonkey

Very unnecessarily confusing style exploration. Started out just wanted to get the same face type I used for my Applejack Exalted ( ) except then on a full pony body.
Ended up doing a bunch of sudden changes in focus, trying different approached after each other, switching half way through one and things like that.
Also just rushing it in the end a bit because I went way overtime :XD:

The WIP might show more on that hehe.

Anywho, so there's a lot of flaws or mistakes here and there, especially with colouring, layering, etc.. I'll have to redo this experiment again and the correctly and focused on the end goal.

Approx Time: 5 hours?
Apple Stroll [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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Your exploration was very worthwhile - this new style is intriguing. The agile positioning of Applejack's eyes, complimented by the sharp shape of her face is very captivating. Along with the broadness of her ears, this piece makes for a very adorable and pixie-like appearance. I've really enjoyed the way the artist has drawn the muzzle, the slope down her face is well shaded and defined as smooth and gentle. For a five hours stream, this is a fantastic piece of art to have produced.

The shading for the the slight covered half of her face, really allows for a feeling of perspective and movement. As it helps makes the viewer feel like Applejack is moving forward, as a 3D figure. Her eyes, although very large, I feel have been drawn in equal proportion to each other, not an easy thing to do, and considering one has been drawn on a sharp angle away from the other - it is impressive they appear so even. Although the body is perhaps small in comparison to her head, I believe this is the distinction of the style, and in fact adds to the enjoyment of her cute and filly-like nature.

The wave of her tail behind her has she runs appears think and soft. Along with the expression the artist has been able to capture, that is innocent and playful, this style has really stood out. The reflection of light upon her eyes are what defines the sense of realism in this drawing for me and captures the viewer's immediate attention. And really shows off the artist's skill.
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I must say, the shape of the head was the most interesting part of Applejack Exalted to me. I am not certain what it is about it, but I find it very interesting. It has very defined curving planes in it, yet somehow retains the almost spherical smooth look that is seen in most renditions. You've also done an excellent job with the form. It is very easy to see exactly what this would be in three dimensions. Hmm.. Looking again, to me the tail does not have a very clear form. That is quite a challenge though, you do not want to so saturate the tail with detail that it detracts from the overall picture by making the style inconsistent, nor should the tail become the focal point. I am not sure what I would do to better convey the form of the tail.. Perhaps a drop shadow would help? Looking at the picture with this in mind it seems almost like the tail is a two dimensional object behind her rather than a part of her. Maybe more contrast in the shadows on the hair? I do not know. Regardless, it is an excellent picture and I very much like it.
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Digigex90 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love applejack. :3
ToastyTop Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
nigga fried chicken
Art-in-heart4va Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student
oh the detail of the eyes:heart:
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Very cute!
Ihniwid Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I would write a complicated critique or something on how amazing this is, but I'll settle for an exaggerated SQUEE!
Artention Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely ! :D
Sarxis Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
I always like angles. 
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Elf pony AJ for the win.
PinkieTane Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What an adorable little applebucker
L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
very cute :D
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