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Reign of Magic by AssasinMonkey Reign of Magic by AssasinMonkey
Might not have had an episode this Saturday, but that doesn't mean I can't do episode art right?!

Since I'm planning on covering a bunch of the finale (during the Saturday Livestreams), I thought it would be nice to make that what I see a lot and I didn't do last week myself.

I've also seen several folks already expecting a battle scene from me eventually and I guess here it is! Hope I didn't disappoint.
This one was fun to do as always, creating a low camera large scale character. Brings me back to the Timberwolf Emperor I made almost a year ago already. Done plenty other large beasts as well though.

Anyhow, hope y'all enjoy and bathe in the season 4 aftermath. We can fill up this empty time!

PS: I'll put together the time lapse video for this tomorrow or something, need to get those going again.
Time Lapse is up!

Edit: Added a 1440p version. I don't know how common it's yet, but if there's enough interest I'll see to saving that size a bit more over time perhaps.

Approx Time: 9,5 hours
Time Lapse:
1440p version:

As part of my Patreon, a PSD, and HighRes file has been released for free here:…

Reign of Magic [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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One thing for sure is that this magnificent drawing has a lot emotion presented to the viewer.

What I mean by emotion: one how you made the background scene, like how you made the amber sky fit with the character and the moment. Second: how made the depth and scale of things, as for the characters anyway. you've shown this in the big guy (forgot his name, so dis on me all you want), and compare him to Twilight, you give the viewer how monstrous the villain is. Finally, how much emotion you where able to give Twilight, the sadness expressed in her face says a lot.

Over all I really enjoyed this picture. I will always enjoy what new things you put out on DeviantArt.
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Definitely a great piece. You caught the sense of "facing an overwhelming opponent" perfectly, and the dark, desolate background adds a sense of doom looming on the horizon, as if hell itself was approaching. Tirek, being a silhouette, gives him that ancient evil look, as well.

My favorite feature, though, would be that little detail of the tear in Twilight's eye. That just perfectly portrays her feelings of rage and desperation, fighting an enemy that doesn't want to just cause chaos, or enslave, but destroy. He was the first true evil she had ever faced.

Excellent work. I look forward to more.
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Cianna200 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
This is Awesome, it reminds me of Spyro vs Gaul in a way.
gamergir8 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015
Awesome! Mind if I use this in a video I'm making? I'll give you full credit and a link in the description! :D
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! sounds fine with me :)
gamergir8 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2015
Birch52 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Great minds think alike:
GreenWingSpino32 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  New member Hobbyist Filmographer
Stunningly awesome!!!!!!!!
Engavar Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2015  New member Hobbyist
AWW YASSS!!!! OH MY FAUST THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 0.0
JadeHellfire Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome!!!! Good job
iNSaNiTYDragon2000 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015   Artist
Solvius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The way you set the angle so low really shows how huge he is in comparison to Twilight. It's amazing.
DashieSparkle Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
That's an awesome picture! :D Also I can see Doomguy fighting a Cyberdemon in this picture too.
RinLockhart Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015

I would love to have this framed on my wall!
VIOLENTALIEN Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok I should stop with that joke
BronyPony88 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Holy shit teireck the devil!
ZombieFX Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2014
snifys Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
RainbowDashieMLPFan Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
SilverWing27 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
O.O WHOA! He looks like a boss in the show, here he looks terrifying! :D So awesome! :D
DarthVader447 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
This episode should've been TV-Y7 rated.
gundamfan2 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
10 out of 10

kmathel94 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist
TOO EPIC for words!
Kulstor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014
Very dramatic picture and great attention to detail.
symi1on Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
Wow. Best artist's depiction of twilights battle with tirek ever.
vorval Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Freelancer809 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014
Zoluki Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2014  Student General Artist
So sick!
Samie-Seville Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
That is so amazing.
bananaguy12 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
badass m8
DeathWishDKL23 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
this is the best pony art that ive ever seen

I can already imagine the amount of destruction and emotion there is. I can see that twilight is fighting for the revenge of her fallen world, thinking about the things that this creature has done to her home. I can see she has been fighting for a long time, and that she is broken to the bone, but wont stop until she gets revenge. I can see the anger, sadness and vengeance in her eyes. 

over all, one of the best pictures ive seen, I personally see greatness from this person. keep up the awesome work!   
cocoa333 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Amazing work!
julibugs Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I must say...
Little kid's show my foot, Pah!
VIOLENTALIEN Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
can't tell if its a pun because of the picture or you just like foot jokes
Celefin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
The perspective, the palette, the dynamic, the raw emotion...
Truly masterful. I'd put that in my study, wall sized, on canvas.
And on a side note: the best depiction of Twilight and Twilight's power ever.
sheogorath2 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014
Absolutely Love it :D
Dragonjek Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What you've done with the size contrast and coloring is incredible.
Yami-Marik93 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist… this is how i would imagine their battles would go
SherlockBoy Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Student Photographer
That is AWESOME!!! Awesome rainbow dash
FantasygirlXD Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Student General Artist
Wo O_O So intense...
GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey,  I really need to ask you a question, how do you keep all the color inside your subject matters eg Twi when you start using overlay layers?  Because in mine there's color leak a lot, any suggestions?
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually have a lot of colours leaking as well. In this one I ended up doing a lot of brushwork after I added the initial colour. So I basically went over the entire painting after I was done with overlay, which took care of any possible bleeds.

Still, with others pieces I do sometimes leave a lot of the bleeds/leaks in. Depending on what brightness, colour, etc. it can be less or more noticeable.  I do regularly still paint over it after colouring, to add in details but also clean up a bit in the focus area, and my post-process work and adjustments sometimes obscure it a bit more as well.

In the end it's of course still better to try and keep it relatively clean in the first place, which can be a bit tricky at first.
A little trick I sometimes use is to have a 50% grey on the secondary colour to which I switch with X quickly. On Overlay layers a 50% gray does nothing, so basically an Eraser. (while keeping all the settings from the brush in place)

Hope this helps.
GhostDragonSpirit Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay that's cool.  And I think I'm beginning to understand how you really color your pieces, you add the color initially and then you take care of any bleeding by either painting over it on a normal layer or using the 'overlay eraser' technique.  Way cool.  As one of my teachers once said, "try to imitate the best and put your own spin on it."  Though the gray to color technique isn't just yours alone, lots of other artists do it but you get the idea.
Cooper31 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Such detail! Brilliant!
ShiftyStorm Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Student General Artist
I'M SO GLAD I DISCOVERED YOU!! This is absolutely amazing I'm so pleased with this, and I'm most certainly positive you are too :D :D
Peaceblossom262 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
great work
Dema-Zema Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is absolutely breath-taking! :o
YourLocalBrony Featured By Owner Edited Aug 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing. This is certainly the best MLP art I have ever seen.
Ganzbaff Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014
Shadow of the Tirek
Amazing work
I dont know how to describe ist
I stared at this picture for like 10 minutes an i still cant get my eyes of it
J82 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
My apologies on my fist critique not making a whole lot of sense, for some strange reason Deviant-art gave me a different picture and not this one, so I've redone the review.
Sonic-14 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Her stance reminds me of spyro i like it ! ^_^
Bubbubob Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Shadow of the Colossus music immediately started playing in my head.
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