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Steadfast Apple by AssasinMonkey Steadfast Apple by AssasinMonkey
Because I did not have enough Apple in the last weeks

Wanted to do something more rough, dirty brushwork but also drama, movement, and not spending to much time. Changelings are a great opponent in MLP pieces :XD:

Spend minimal time putting down the values, kinda following the lines of 'Toadily a swamp' and 'Dragon Repellent Required'
Still different, though. WIP shows my early silhouette and sketch work, which functioned as a base for "softer" brushwork on top. Working directly with colours, though I of course adjusted those at the end.

Anyhow, so here we go, another pony centric MLP piece again in my gallery, and another Applejack :D

Approx Time: 5 hours
Steadfast Apple [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS PIECE! The way you, somehow, manage to show more realism in Applejack's mane and tail is outstanding! I can actually picture this as an action shot in some dark MLP-like movie or something. You actually give the Changeling drones more ferocity (And justice, in my opinion) then most, including the Canon depictions of them. There is a very nice blending of colors and a nice contrast with the foreground (Where Applejack is) and the background, with the whole "fading" technique and such. This is quite a masterpiece, and I would view this as on par with some of the Masterpieces of some of the famous artists, like Van Gough.
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MagicBIaze Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
Yep good luck AJ.
[She's gonna get pwn. :l]
Krazzulimaii Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Whoa. Looks very cinematic. Nice motion and atmosphere
Ajax94 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014
Awesome job! :D
shrivak Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you.
TheExhorsecist Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014
Wow.  Great composition.  You really have captured the feeling of a melee!
I-DigAPony Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Applejack appears to be in a surprised/defensive pose.  What I find impressive is her immediate reaction reflects far more fury than fear. 

It's difficult to determine the location - is this in a cave (my daughter's thought) or in a forest? (My thought)
The title suggests that she has been tasked with defending a position.  Good choice.

Excellent job of straddling the more complex medium and the flash style of the show, a difficult transition to be sure. 

With your permission I'd like to include this in the second book of an epic that will take AJ outside (way outside) of Ponyville.
The first book is almost complete.  If you're interested in some more details, let me know.

I too, love Applejack. Utterly.  In fact the first time I saw Simple Ways I spoke the exact words as Trenderhoof said them because I exactly what I would say in that situation:

Who - Is - That???!!
JodeOnslow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow... I just.. wow. I've never ever thought of MLP FiM as having the potential to be epic... until now. It's hard to believe you've based that off a cartoon series. The composition, lighting colours... just. Seriously awesome dude!
hyenacub Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Love the dynamic action!
Ihniwid Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah! Now this, this is a drawing I need the story behind.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice!!! Looks awesome!!! :D :D :D
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