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On Feathered Grounds by AssasinMonkey On Feathered Grounds by AssasinMonkey
"Equine, we've dealt with your kind before..."
Twilight trying to spread friendship?

First piece uploaded in 2014! It did start in 2013, but ok. Lets start this year shall we?
I'm so wondering about lands outside of Equestria, like the Gryphon/Griffin Kingdoms or Saddle Arabia or anything really. This one was an idea I had back in 2012, picked it up again (primarily the cliff carvings part)
Ever since Twilight's wings I've also imagined her taking more global tasks now, becoming sort of an ambassador considering her a princess of friendship, spreading friendship to other civilizations.

Besides wanting to do a bit of Gryphon again, usually when I do that I end up making it part of my "First Contact War" Alt-MLP-Universe. Though this is more of a possible aftermath, decades after those events. Universe itself would be primarily the ancient times of Equestria. Oh well, this should be nice too right?
Made the Gryphon nice and big, kinda imagining him being a size compared to Gilda as Celestia is to Twilight... except more buff (or fluff)

So much stuff in this piece... so many layers to colours this, so many adjustments. I kept adding things. No regrets.


Approx time: 16 hours
Time Lapse: youtu.be/o1cMSDPmaEs
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On Feathered Grounds [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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This is... Hm. This is hard to put into proper critiquing terms, since I normally don't do so for art. The landscape and the Gryphon are incredibly gorgeous (and we need more work like this. There's simply not enough good Gryphon art out there, particularly with this level of detail. The Gryphon is suitably HUGE, and I for one adore that fact, along with all the little details you've given him (her?).

For Twilight, I think the best parts of her have to be the feathers for her wings, and how her mane and tail flow.


From what I can tell, you only have two real problems with this work, though I've only an inkling of an idea how to fix one of the two. Problem number one is that Twilight's neck seems to be just *slightly* too long for her body. Perhaps that's a foreshortening issue, or the angle of the piece.

The second problem is Twilight's eyes. They're pretty, don't misunderstand, but to me, they appear... glassy. Almost lifeless, like she's not mortal. I know within show canon that Alicorns are a whole other class of pony/deific figure, but she seems more of a golem than a living, breathing pony.
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I really like this, its wide open and yet still focuses in to the main characters. You have captured Twilights nervousness very well. The griffin "guard" (?) is properly arrogant looking. Judging by what we know about the relationships between races this seems very fitting.
The background is amazing, the detail just pulls you in and really captures the scope of the Equestria world.
Again I feel your treatment of Twilight is exquisite and deserves comment. Her very stance is timid but she is still advancing. Just that raised forehoof conveys a sense of overcoming fear. Her downswept wings help with the timid view but the raised head is almost challenging. This really shows Twilights dual nature.

Overall this is an amazing piece of work and very original.
Thank you very much for sharing this with us!
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NadnerbD Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is kind of awesome. Not sure how I didn't notice it before. Twilight's posture and expression really makes it. That and those super-cool stone heads.
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MugenGinga Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This jives with my Gilda headcanons so hard man.  I've always headcanoned that the Griffins are are a far more aggressive race, valuing strength and skill more than fluffy friendship.  While it's certainly possible for Griffins to do well among ponies (as that one chef proved, or at least implied), their cultures are inherently dissimilar, creating issues. (aka I wanted to come up with something that made Gilda a bit less of a butt and thought it was a clever explanation. XD)
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Tyraka628 Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that all legends of Griffins stating that horses are their prey of choice probably adds to the conflict.
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MugenGinga Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh, I actually wasn't aware of that but that's a great point!
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AssasinMonkey Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Their natural strength certainly fits that. It's something I'll probably push more with my alternative universe more. Although for this piece still trying to express it through the combination of Twilight and the Gryphon.
Lacking natural magic the Unicorns have brings awesome angles to it as well. So much possibilities! :D
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Tyraka628 Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The fact that all legends of Griffins stating that horses are their prey of choice probably adds to the conflict.
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MugenGinga Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love unexplained bits of canon because they're SO fun to work with. 8D
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A really epic illustration.
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allwellll Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic art!!
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theawesomeblossom Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing 
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