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End of a Golden Age by AssasinMonkey End of a Golden Age by AssasinMonkey
Finale art doesn't stop here.

Never made the library before and I wouldn't have imagined this kind of scene being the first...
Right in the feels.

I think this is the closest they could get to "killing a character" and they did so magnificently, I still feel it. One of the most impact full parts I think, so I just had to make it somehow.
Wasn't sure whether to go with aftermath or in action.
Thought I'd go with what might give the most interesting result, so here we go!

Science of explosions caused by magic beams, now that's something I wasn't sure what the best approach was for. At least I've done explosions before hehe.
Also helped with hiding parts of the tree so I didn't have to make those.
Lazy Monkey.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy as always!

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End of a Golden Age [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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beautiful shading, exemplary lighting effects, minor hint of blur but not to much to completely distort the image. a few questions... what is the object on the left side of the library, it is on top of the roof above the window, not the lantern the small blue looking thing. it looks kind of like a planet( possibly Saturn) that was recolored. that or it looks like a miniature loveseat with a blue- jay sitting in it. my only gripe is that there are no building surrounding the library but then again I saw the finale of season for a few weeks ago I believe and I don't think there were any buildings standing in ponyvile at the time. also where are owlowiscious's feet? and where is spike during all of this? was he in the library during the episode or was he away somewhere else... like in canterlot or something. all in all my gripes did not affect the score I gave. I rate fairly at all times. you got five stares in all 4 categories because you presented me with a piece of artwork that is exemplary in detail and beautiful to look at... just as I would expect a great artist like you to create. well done good sir
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FireheartTheInferno Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconclapplz: Simply incredible!

 This must be the most amazing and intense action-oriented
 FIM artwork I've ever seen! My hat's off to you, fellow artist! Hat Wave Emote
xelianthought Featured By Owner 4 days ago
TinjaBuster Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Artist
Michael Bay
DisturbedDragon2000 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015   Artist
GreenWingSpino32 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really darn sad how that tree was blasted by Tirek RIP tree and beautiful picture!!!
werecass Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student Artist
I miss that tree.
DerpyPines618 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Hobbyist
TsuriaDragon Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thankyou for your Inspiration :D I made this based off your beautiful drawing RIPHome by TsuriaDragon
Lunarur Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WHERES SPIKE!!!!!!!!!!???????!Llama Emoji-52 (Worried) [V3] 
TinjaBuster Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Student Artist
He was trapped in the cage with the others
Lunarur Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh ok thanks:D (Big Grin) 
KindergartenTeacher Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
Whoa. The thumbnail made me think, "What, she's going to hell?" Then I clicked on it, and her home and library being destroyed is not much different! :cries:
WendyHegge Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet Celestia! Those details! They ' re just so amazing!
ZombieFX Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014

in one episode she said "this books made her who she is...." so much about that
PerfectBlue97 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Flame tutorial Pleeeeeease?
SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
:( There goes her home and her library. :( Epic yet tragic. :(
ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Dang it that tree was in there from the VERY FIRST EPISODE, WHY!?
lollipopflower Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Darn you tirek! Darn you!!!!
ARC-20017 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014
I love how you added in her Nighmare Night costume hat to the left.
meiyeezhu Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
And that's why Twilight should use e-books instead...
Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014
It's the end of an era for Twilight's tree library. :(
Celefin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thousands of years of accumulated knowledge, a priceless and irreplaceable treasure and and essential part of Twilight's self.
I was a little sad about the tree... but what really got to me was the scene of Twilight on the ground with books and paper raining down around her.
GREAT work by the way.
littlequeen456 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
tyruvelp Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
i have see soem of your art before and i gotta say you could almost reanimate this entire episode (if they would not C&D you lol) and make it look EPIC!
maddog12364 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
is spike dead?
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He was in the cage with the rest of the mane 6
maddog12364 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Digital Artist
who sorry I have been gone for a while
violetpone Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
Nicely done :D We'll definitely miss the library, but the spirit lives in Twilight's heart.
kyvannshrike Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
I want it back T.T
mobius22 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Victory has a price. It always has a price.
morion87 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
I'm just glad Twilight had the heart to grab him instead of books on her way out( and enough thought to shield him from the blast).  To bad he decided to fly the coup after this.
Painted-Pen Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Student General Artist
Tirek you monster!!
lawilmer Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dis is totally badass :D
saxumsando Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
ndogmario Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
pore tree
Skullkittenz21 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's so beautiful! I think I'm gonna cry because of the beauty and the scene. It was such a sad moment.
Babyjoshy5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lulz... (I went there)
jrseals Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
great lighting.
KFChickenFuzzNuts Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
did you draw and paint it on the computer or all by hand?
JubePoney Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Is it weird that when Tirek hit the tree and it exploded I actually yelled "NOOO!!" :D
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It was quite a moment like that, at least in my mind I went a silent "no... Noo... Nooooo"
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully done.  I like how you left that one window/room intact--we can see how its going to be destroyed from the explosion without you having to actually draw it, which I think is one of the most important parts of drawing motion (and explosions in particular).
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Especially a large moment like this, pinpointing the exact state you'd want to capture it in can be a difficult but necessary choice.
Trying to show both sides, that what it used to be and that what's happening. It was really fun to figure that out and I'm glad to hear it worked out
thedutchbrony Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik  moet gewoon weten hoe je zo goed vuur en licht hebt leren tekenen , 
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
In dit geval lette ik veel op waar het licht vandaan komt. Wat het gehele midden van de explosie is.
Daarbij werd het vooral het aangeven welke kant van de stukken de schaduw en welke kant het licht zit. Met de warmte van de lucht eromheen zelf, wat ik heb laten gloeien.
Je ziet vooral bij vuur explosies dat de buitenkant soms donker is van de wolk, des te dichter je bij het midden komt hoe meer licht er is.

Dit soort dingen, zoals explosies heb ik ook vaker gemaakt, dus dat helpt wel. ;)
thedutchbrony Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha dank je voor de uitleg , ik ga eens wat uittesten in painttool sai/photoshop :D
Pinkieshy435 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Artist
the best
KironStrife Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Why is everyone concerned about her books?  The library was so much more than that to her. It was also her home. You can get more personal than that.
twilightsparkle3562 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
There will be an episode about the library's destruction in Season 5.
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Heh yea, it contains so much attachment. I think so much that most of us didn't even realise that until it was gone.

Perhaps folks mentioned the books a lot because of the "Trade Ya" episode. Where she linked the books to memories.
Along that, the writers also sneaking in a party photo from the library in Pinkie's Pride episode, it became quite the "sneaky" nostalgic trip

Also, poor bees.
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