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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
WIP:

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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Celefin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Actually... making Twilight Equestria's ambassador would be the perfect development of her character. Who better to pursue the art of diplomacy than the Princess of Friendship? Plus, she doesn't have thousands of years of emotional baggage when dealing with other nations such as Celestia must have. A fresh start, unhindered by old grudges and misunderstandings but still armed with Celestias cunning and gracefulness that she studied for so long.
This should really be her destiny.
Again, GREAT work.
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saxumsando Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
wow amazing
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Zalleus Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
Those griffin heads carved into the cliffs back there are awesome.
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BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
"It's OK, Twilight. Let me talk to him..."
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DarkPrince2007 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
And why is she visiting the gryphon chieftain? OH YEAH, he look really BADASS, he is like saying: "C'mon foal, get back on your own hooves"
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VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Awesome!!
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Wolfboy183 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
"And Twilight knew she could die any moment from here on in. These griffons were known for skewering and slaughtering ponies for so much as looking at them the wrong way."
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BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Not her. And I heard what Rainbow's so-called friend did to Fluttershy once, so NO!
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NadnerbD Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014   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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galacticpink Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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galacticpink Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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galacticpink Featured By Owner 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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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
A really epic illustration.
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allwellll Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic art!!
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The-Awesome-Blossom Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing 
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DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Student General Artist
Good idea! 
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Kittycatisthat Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They should seriously make an episode touching on gryphons.
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Lord-LunaEquie-is-me Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
I love the body language you pack into those two characters. Twi in particular, you can read her like a book (pun intended), and it's just absolutely perfectly befitting her. I love the concept, too. With any luck, we'll be seeing some political Princess Twilight episodes in the future.
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metalsystem761 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
It would be awesome if they had to go to a Griffin kingdom!
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Inu-Croft Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist
Evey time i see you upload a new image, it gets better and better~
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Dragonking17 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool. 
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kendalliskeen Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I was looking at this for a moment, thinking it was definitely pretty decent...AND THEN I SAW THE CLIFF CARVINGS. MIND BLOWN.
Or, rather I read the description and then saw the cliff carvings. My mind was still blown though.
Great piece of art!
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pinkiejack-applepie Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
when i saw this on bwb i asked this question. what is the griffon guarding?
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I meant to answer this earlier, but for this I kinda imagines a somewhat "sensitive" settlement to the Gryphons, a location of at least some importance, given the sculptures. Being either a holy site or place or wealth, keeping it hidden from the outsiders, like Twilight in this case, thus a bit of mystery.
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MugenSeiRyuu Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
It's in their nature to guard.  This one seems to guard the border between lands.
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Telanore Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can practically feel the wind. 

Very awesome piece, Twilight's expression is excellent, and the detail and textures of the background is exquisite!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. Impressive.
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BoneSatellite Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I simply love highly details works of art that make Equestria feel like a Tolkien/Wagner high fantasy world.
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ApplePaladin Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
It's... just... well, you know. Heavenly.
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ChaoticNote Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
That guy is... big.
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jarredspekter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Seriously, World of Warcraft with ponies...IT COULD HAPPEN!
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Masonisnotthatnice Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Student Writer
You kneel To The Gryphon! Good Work!Nod 
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HaywireSpark Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
You can really pick up on the tension, luv this.
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Calimink Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
The characters are wonderful but my GOSH, how long did the BACKGROUND take...?
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm not exactly sure how long just the background took, but I spend most my time on the foreground.
I did however change the background several times as well. The time lapse video could give a clearer idea I suppose.
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
cool
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Zenith-de-LeStrange Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Griffons rule!!
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cajobif Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
I was thinking the same when I thought what could Twilight do with her princesshood. I expected something like this. Well, I guess a lot of fans expected or wanted something like this: we want to see more griffins! And there's lot of fanarts of griffins and ponies out there. We don't know, since they are still a great bunch of episodes left. That would be great! So great! I'm happy you illustrated it.

And you earned your EQD featuring, again. (#31) www.equestriadaily.com/2014/01…

Awesome piece
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Maria2397 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student General Artist
woo is super great
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Awesome work!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow!!! This is AMAZING!!! Love this kind of art!!! So EPIC!!! :wow: :omg: :omfg:
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Tarzok Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
:clap::clap::clap:
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Fixap Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
NICE!
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
very cool concept, and i love the sceneery
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ihamo Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
awesome!
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StandardBronyBrowser Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Well ain't you a big fella?
I like this model of gryphon more than the boxy model you've used in the past.
Love the detail in this.
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StormdancerGryphon Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014   Writer
Hurrah for more gryphons!  That's really nice, I love the depth to this piece. One of these days I'm gonna get back to writing my own 'lets visit the gryphon lands' fanfic.
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