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Mane Event by AssasinMonkey Mane Event by AssasinMonkey
Guess I had this one coming hehe, new Villain? Time for another Villain piece then.
Gotta say, this was quite a hairy situation for the Power Ponies to be in. But thanks to Spike they could comb out of this. You'd almost be abraid he'd mess it up again.
I'll end it there... had so many puns in the chat while making this, I didn't realise how long of a tail those puns had.

Such a dark piece and those colours (doesn't help that DA makes the image darker...). Not exactly colours I work with a lot. Still, being able to go crazy or insane with the face was worth it haha.
I should make the Power Ponies next, but that would be quite a bigger project to take on. That's why I did this first, I could actually finish this today hehe.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoyed another episode of MLP, I know I did. Great take on all the references and such to the comic worlds out there.


Approx time: 4 hours
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Mane Event [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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This piece screams with energy, something you would expect from a crazy-pony like the Mane-iac. Her mane really does have the affect of motion with the gnarled brush strokes. The tendrils look ready to spring from the page. Above all you accomplish this all with a relatively simple colour-palette. The "wildness" composition is accentuated by the relatively short range of focus and motion lines which take our eyes directly to her face. Once again, you've established a convincing moment of motion by reserving the highest levels of details for her face. This piece is absolutely crazy, and a great one at that! :D
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As a portrait of MLP:FIM villain Mane-iac the image's ORIGINALITY relies on its VISION , IMPACT and TECHNIQUE alone to be distinct.

The vision is well executed but doesn't take risk to do something innovative or meaningful in the work to otherwise make it stand out or make it appealing to others outside of the MLP FIM bias. (But as a work of MLP fan-art it grasps my ultimately biased favor.)

The impact is relatively weak however the usage of contrast between the main image objects and the darker background allude to a great distance between the two areas and that creates a since of a scale difference, taking that into consideration the villain's hair appears to be absolutely monstrous. That being said there is something to be taken from the work as a whole as it seemingly attempts to define the character portrayed.

Technique is solid from the foundations to the coloring, it makes great use of colors and contrast to create a focal but doesn't make effective use of highlights to support the light source in all layers of the work.
The blur does emphasize motion but doesn’t seem to be there for any purpose other than to emphasize the focal. I'd consider this poor use as the blur alludes to motion when combined with the green motion lines but in the work is only used to farther emphasize the already functioning focal by effectively removing the rest of the canvas from the attention of the viewer rather than actually directing attention. However the point of focus is simultaneously enforced and preserved by the blur, directing your attention towards the face by the contrast between the two areas creating an effective focal in the intense expression. Also yes the direction she is looking is affecting the attention of the viewer as well however there is nothing there to be seen or focus on causing attention to travel into otherwise negative space. (And I am using "negative" loosely to emphasize a lack of substance)
(Since the idea that this image lacks substance is in itself biased since as we can all see the image remains pretty consistent I will omit that from my objective argument but I'll leave it in the passage because I want to touch on it again later on.)
The blur makes it impossible to tell there even are details in the hair and they would otherwise go undiscovered without the WIP images to show they do exist. Negative space is useless unless it emphasizes or contrasts and already existing asset, In this case the negative space is a compliment to the hair but doesn’t have a strong affect because of the object(s) between them. (note real negative space is consider anything canvas colored or)
My onions, yes opinions are like onions, not for everypony, layered and usually unsavory!

In my opinion using that orb from the episode as a secondary focal and the hair as motion lines towards it from her face could make a light source, point of focus for the character and help balance the image but that would change what the image is attempting to define and practically alter every aspect of it. I’d simply say the focal asset in the image is not presented strongly enough to have a high impact. Maybe making the eye stare at the viewer and having all lines move towards the focal would enhance it.
Overall I do like the image and the artist is obviously great at what they do but its strongest asset is its foundation and detail, I’d have to say the potential was locked away in frame 6 of the WIP. Perhaps the vision and the technique came to a fork. I enjoyed looking at this picture for over 2 hours as I analyzed it and think that it’s a good piece of work, I encourage the artist to continue making pictures like it and I hope he takes from his own work as much as everypony else does! Thankyou, N3-P
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woah!!! This looks pretty cool!!! Love her face, too!!! :XD: :XD: :XD:
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ihamza995 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Ladies and Gentlemen! Get ready for the main event! I promise, It'll be a killer!
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Here-for-the-ponies Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is actually making me a bit motion sick.

Also, I KNEW DA MADE IMAGES DARKER! I'll need to figure out a way to work around that.
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Psycho333 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
This is AWESOME!
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neverzgirl Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
<3 this.
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angeliqueguy46 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
shes a mane-iac maaaane-iac on the floor! XD
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
The Mane-iac is represented definitely like a villain.
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20percentcooler75 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! ITS THE MANIAC!!! hahaha
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Raedrob Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013
That motion blur makes the focus of the piece very clear.
Good job, you keep churning out these really nice pieces after each episode =)
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N3sTlyPhaNtoM Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
I would like to site my lack of using terminology like subject and media.
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N3sTlyPhaNtoM Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow that really good, great even. You are a real professional.
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Zazzine Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, so punny.  It looks awesome.
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Dupeliss Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Damn that's good.
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x-Darkie-x Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Student Artist
YAY!  MORE MANE-IAC!!!
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feather-ponyart Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I felt my flight mechanism going off when I saw this picture! Love the sense of danger and the expression!
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
D'aw I was totally imagining a Fluttershy reaction.
Though maybe I'd do the same hehe.
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M-Veers Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
The chat was just full of puns...it was pretty great.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Whenever we thought it ended it kept splitting up
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herofan135 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So epic, love the colouring!
I really liked that episode, so awesome!
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GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh man.  She looks quite crazy, mad with power even?  Anyway, I can't really remember if I asked you about doing my cybernetically rebuilt character in your style of digital, but I'm gonna ask anyway.  Would you do it?  I'll go check my messages to find out and I'll check back.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I am open for commission, so if you'd be prepared for that I could definitely make something for you :)
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GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, now, I am not exactly sure what a commission is.  Though I am going to guess, here it is:  I actually have to pay you in order for you to paint it.  I may be wrong, but it's just a guess.  Talk to you in a bit :)
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xormak Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
.....that pun it hurts XD
very nicely done AM, i like the perspective very much :3
it makes me feel very good deep inside
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The puns quite Cut right? Makes you want to Curl up in the corner. :P
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RedCrystaly Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just love how you captured the expression of madness and evil *_*
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I could say I went a little mad and evil myself when I made this haha!
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
Amazing piece! You´ve made a comical villain actually look intimidating :D
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The extremes can be used quite nicely for that yea :D
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
She is pretty cool.
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ijustloveit619 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Love the episode, just love it :D
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cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Yeah, that was a wonderful episode. And a very..... what?!? Already a fanclub on DA about Mane-iac? That was fast. I know there are already Tumblr blog about her. That same happened with Chrysalis anyway. I expect pieces with those two. *cough* Like I was saying, it was a very awaited episode since the animatic gone out.

I like that you gave her this dark piece, reminding that she is a villain. A crazy, mane-iacal laughing mare. But we love our villain in MLP. I like the expression you gave her.

Awesome piece
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The fandom really loves its new villains! Indeed can't wait for new villain collection pieces to pop up, or combinations, always fun to see what happens.

It was already lots of fun to go with this new insane personality, pushing the expression even further than what would make sense for the other villains
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cajobif Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
It seems that they liked your drawing enough to put it on the header for their Follow-up of the episode: www.equestriadaily.com/2013/12…

Yeah, the fandom love its villains... but I let you guess what kind of art they create from a villain with tentaculish controlling hairs...

I'm pretty sure you expected that yourself, anyway.
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lordxeras Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013   Traditional Artist
.the joker
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Those colours yea haha. It was great to see all the little things from existing villains they took, like Dr. Oc's walking and such.
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lordxeras Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013   Traditional Artist
Joker's origin story, Doc Ock's leg walking, Poison Ivy's color scheme
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Wolffangeatssouls15 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Student
I saw the epsiode today already love her. Nice work too
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
The absolute insanity on her face makes this really stand out.

I like
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So much fun making that insanity, never had such a good reason to go full into it hehe :)
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Fixap Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
NICE!
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DZMaylon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You know, I personally do not like the character. But it is in your picture, I gave him preference;) Great job!
Sorry for bad English, Google translator
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SFS-Lovenought Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013

I guess I made the right call when I made a separate Maneiac folder way back before I even knew her name.

This character is getting tons of art.

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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
There's indeed so much. I guess it's nice to have a brand new villain to work with and in an awesome way of delivery while they were at it!
Just had to go with the flow with this hehe, so much fun.
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batosan Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very dynamic and evil face!
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