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New awesome episode I'd say, warrants some art. Had different choices but apparently went for the full environmental piece! Now that's a first I think (at least where there's no ponies at all)

So nice to see the mane 6 families being touched on again, even if it's 1 character that was more than enough for a great episode. The humour, sadness, characters, good fun.

This painting took me longer than should, but heh, environments, especially those containing architecture are not my strongest point. :|
With all the clouds in the scene it looked like a very ambient lighted place, what cloudy does. Lower contrast not harsh shadows, went for that first but I slightly upped the contrast in the end. Not too much hopefully.
Also, clouds


Approx Time: 6,5 hours
We Rock [WIP] by AssasinMonkey
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Fantastic work!
Nearly 7 hours I wouldn't say is very long at all so well done with sticking to it and finishing it! Even though you may think your architecture is not good I would object and say that is is true to the original design of the time and place and the detail is impressive. The clouds look very artistic and blends in well with the background of mountains and distant trees. The foregrounds detail is nice and with the trees lacking the foliage its nice to see some underbrush that seems to be thriving.
It just goes to show that even if there are no ponies or other characters in the image your able to create a truly interesting scene to marvel at.
Very good job keep up the great work!
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
So amazing!
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BenCooneyTheGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014
Wha?... What happened there?!
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BBOFF Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's very gloomy. The lighting is well done and it feels very real to me. It really does have the feel of dark, stormy clouds with a some thinner ones letting in a little light.
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tabbyandy Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
Whoa, reminds me of van Gogh. Cool!
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ritsl Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've always pictured the rock farm as being initially inhospitable, dead, and very imposing, but upon closer inspection, it is a place full of life and warmth.  You've pretty much nailed that with this picture; the color choices are gloomy but still bright.  The brush strokes are flowing and organic.  The highlights on the ground create a sort of path up to the house, which although looks a bit rundown, is not dilapidated, nor are any of the other structures like the windmill or fences.

All in all a very nice work.
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Fixap Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
NICE!
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Mokey1980s Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Hauntingly beautiful would be 2 words that I could describe this best.

Nice work =)
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FeanorKelsick Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
very nice, like the dark overcast
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
This is exactly how lighting on a cloudy day would look like.
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creepy picture. Spooky, abandoned, haunted rock farm.
Someone has to write a fic about that.
I really like your picture. It gives me the creeps.

Out of curiosity, what were the other things you thought about drawing for this episode?
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
One of the other ideas I had was an action scene of Maud vs Rock slider. Or just Maud, or Boulder and Maud. Or the Nuclear Stone haha
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CMC--Scootaloo Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, the nuclear stone in your drawing style would look so awesome, it would look totally apocalyptic!
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GUILLE832 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
You had to make the punchline, didnīt you? Well, it was worth it XD Spectacular job by the way. One of your best works, at least what concerns to landscapes
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LordKaniche Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
FUCK YEAH
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DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Fascinating work! I love the subdued tone of the rock farm compared to Ponyville! :)
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templar127 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
:iconfluttershyyayplz: You rock! Woohoo!
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Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very nice. May I ask what filters you used at the end?
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For the final steps I used different adjustment layers along with some other things.
Playing around with colour balance is one of my more common final steps, also curves for the contrast if needed and some manual adjustments afterwards. (refining or adding bloom, fog etc.)

Then I sometimes makes things slightly softer/bloom by copying entire image on new layer, a blur (Gaussian usually), putting it on overlay or soft light and lowering the contrast dramatically on it with curves (vertically moving the 2 points towards each other)
Sometimes I also use lens correction for some vignette and chromatic aberration.

I do often play around with those things here and there and sometimes try new things, but I hope this gives you a general idea of what I might end up doing at the end.
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Smudge-Proof Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PheiPlushies Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014   Artisan Crafter
Very scenic and I absolutely love it, but I wonder - why did you add chromatic aberration? To make it look like it was taken with an actual camera?
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Partially the reason though more about the touch of "real" it can add. It also slightly changes the edge focus around the borders as opposed to the center focus.
It's something that works better for some pieces and kinda playing around with the settings still here and there.
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sevenofeleven Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Looks great.

A rural fixer upper!

Something the Ponyville Flippers might deal with.
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SergeantStorm Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is bad ass
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Selbi Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I needed a new desktop background anyway.
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SassakiSan Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I like the way you pictured Boulder with all his family.
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Gapeagle Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wild Geodude appeared!
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
very cool :D
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schneelocke Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Very cool - I really like that desolate, barren atmosphere.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Now, this is a landscape! :D Grat work. It would make an excelent desktop.
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nicely done xd
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Krazylec Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Gloomy and yet vibrant... and those clouds... marvelous!
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xormak Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice done AM =)
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A3Kitsune Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
Nice.
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GespenstKAF Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
...I just realized.
We finally saw the rock farm.
Pinkie wasn't BSing back in season 1.
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AssasinMonkey Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe yea, made me realise again that only us the viewers had seen it and all the mane 6 (probably) only heard of it through Pinkie Pie.
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TheBassist37 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful.
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Very nice.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. Wonderful job.
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Kra-ZGirl Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
this is awesome :D
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Arymilla Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
This is awesome! I love the over all feel of it.
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