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Salvation by AssasinMonkey Salvation by AssasinMonkey
Commissioned by :iconsleeptofade: as a gift for :icontwilightismagic:

Colours! Action! Lights!

Twilight Sparkle together with ~TwilightIsMagic's archaeologist's nightmare skeleton ( ) fighting a Wraith from Darksiders 2 ( based on this design:… )

It's finaly here, this confrontation was fun for it brought different aspects on the table. First of all the lights and colours. Although I've not played Darksiders myself, from the screens and videos I've seen it does feature some good use of glows, lights and the like.
Also just the design, dual wielding, action pose, quite interesting to work with!

So, I hope y'all enjoy it and especially ~TwilightIsMagic because I guesss, this one is for you!
Which is also awesome for it's where my very first Daily Deviation the Timberwolf Emperor came from :D

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Dragonsrose19 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2015
wow this is so Epic :)
ColonelBSacquet Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Sooo ... the one beside her is ... a unicorn skeletal stallion who is an archaeologist ? Interesting. :-)
SimbaSpyro Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is AMAZING.
ghouliee Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
My jaw just dropped to the floor.
This is EPIC. Whose side is the Archaeologist's Nightmare on though?
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
The skeleton is together with Twilight, getting strengthened, standing stronger with their combined magic :)
Sweet, I can't help but feel that that's the only way Twi could have won this particular battle :P
What's the lore behind the Archaeologist's Nightmare?
Wilczurx Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Nice nice and nice :D
CaptinCrunchKayce Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
Tarzok Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
BronyMajor Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is just stunning, It feels like there is an immense story behind this that I'm not aware of.
009-1 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Amazing =D
Backlash91 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
*jaw dropped*
attack193 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Damn! Looks awesome! =D
TwilightIsMagic Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Well then... it's finally time for the feedback. But fear not, it's all good.
First off, Sleep has really gone and outdone himself. Gifts of art are some of the most precious ones for me, as even when they're commissioned, it still shows a lot of consideration and care and labor put into it. And this one is sure impressive that way. Sleep... you're awesome, and don't let anyone ever make you feel otherwise.

Now then, for the picture itself. Of course, AM, you got to flex your skill at making glows and illuminated surfaces and such like you rarely did before, and it remains ever impressive. I daresay this is the most impressive picture of yours in these terms yet, at least because of the sheer variety of those effects and elements present here. One of the most interesting parts is the interplay of colours and lights, how they interact: the green mixing with the purple in this whitish colour rising around the skeleton, the purple itself, in that pinkish-violet-hued mist that shows us where and what the ground is, the many blues from practically every point of the spectrum. They set the character and the mood of the piece. For example, the positioning and the level of intensity of the blue as compared to the violets and greens emphasises the Wraith's presence and power, and the predominance of "Twilight" colours on the field in front of the Wraith likewise shows who's the more powerful of the ponies. The glows of magic are rendered beautifully; I really like what you did for Twi in this respect, with those strings of energy in the air seemingly radiating from or following the shape of her wings and the massive splash of magic in front of her horn. Same goes for the magical energy flowing around the skeleton.
The other strong point that jumps out at me is the manipulation of sharpness of the detail focus and the blurs. The sharp focus on Twilight and the skeleton and on the Wraith's upper body and closest arm clearly sets out the attention zones of the picture, and you have put excellent detail into them. Meanwhile, the mist at the ponies' hooves, the indistinct swirling shadows around the Wraith and before them and the more fuzzy right arm, lower body (or what passes for it) and the distant clothing trail make for a nice blurry counterpoint. They produce a wonderful combination when placed close together like this, and the blurry parts both frame and enhance the impact of the detailed ones.

As for other things I like... well, I like everything, in short. But the frazzled appearance of Twilight's mane and tail, as well as even her fluffed-out wing feathers and the unkempt coat, together with her bright glowing eyes and the truly furious and warlike expression, suggest a lot of exertion of her powers as well as, perhaps, determination. After all, she's the determined one of the bunch (not to be confused with stubborn). I also really like how you shaped those sparks of magic flowing out towards the oncoming weapon; the magic appears to be deflecting it like a shield, and while it's not readily apparent, it may just be so. Meanwhile, the skeleton pony looks properly otherworldly and eerie with the illuminated bones, and fittingly both nigh-expressionless (being just bones and all) and yet showing a sense of purpose and resolve echoing Twilight's. Its magic interacts beautifully with Twilight's (at least that's how the mist feels to me, their magic manifesting itself), and is appropriately visibly less potent than hers. As for the Wraith, I absolutely love the detail of the metal plates and ridges of its armour; you really used those cold blue tones perfectly there and made them look properly metallic. Same goes for the rest of its look: how you reworked the chestplate of the original into an agonized face, the blue glaring out from inside the suit and clothing, the torn clothing itself, particularly the strips of it on the arms and behind it, the underside of the sleeve and the awesome hood, and of course, the weapons, with that hilt/swordguard detail, the beautiful work on the blades making them look as if they were made of icy crystal-like metal as well as the glowing trails they produce, suggesting the same power as infuses the Wraith itself or cold-based magic. Also, the way the Wraith is all surrounded by swirling shapes—the spinning blades and their trails, the cloth, even the shadows apparently turning along with it—and how it contrasts with the ponies' stable and steadfast position feels very impressive to me and gives an interesting feeling when I look closely at both.

Overall, honestly, this is a great picture. The fact that Sleep commissioned this for me is like, wow. And so is the picture itself. That's double wow. Amazing. Well done as always, AM!
AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
So great to read you like it so much, noticing all the little touches and details, taking the time to type this all out. I enjoyed reading it all as well!
This began and is still a gift so it gives a sense of fulfilment to see such a positive reaction like this. Feels like it exceeded what was hoped for :D

From the bigger scaled things like fade of details towards the back to the tiny sparks of magic around Twilight, seems like nothing went unnoticed and that, I like
Kronoxus Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist
moonlightavenger Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
When people look up "epic" in the dictionary, they will find this.
Seriously... Awesome.
lyanawolf Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thats absolutzly awsome and amazing all those colors togheter
DJ-AppleJ-Sound Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Incredible picture!
xHelloBeautifulx Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Holy, amazingly incredible! The Wraith, Twilight Sparkle, and Nightmare Skeleton are stunning, and The Effects are gorgeous! The dual wielding, poses, expressions, wings, armor, background, style, colors, lighting, uniqueness, and other details are also spectacular! Radical work! :iconawesomenessplz: 
CrazyIvan69 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
damn, whis is awesome
Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Sweet lookin. Intense and glowy :)
FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
very nice, very epic feel to it :)
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Very BA!
Rose-Eclipse Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ermigersh the Epicness
DaChickenDog Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Super dooper friggin' awesome. That's some great stuff right there. :iconnoddingtwilightplz:
tclego Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
Subjectnova Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
O my god.  This is amazing. Instafav.
Mahaugher Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The colors in this are awesome man

Kesserca Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhhhh wow! This is amazing! Your are one of the reason why i missed my computer that much! ;)
EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The colors, the poses, the lighting, the angles, the scene, it's all sublime.
mrjwongy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe i'm first :P
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