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It Was Ponies by NadnerbD It Was Ponies by NadnerbD
This piece is... very different, for me. Pretty much all of my digital painting has been done with a strict separation of light and color. Meaning, I'll either do a grayscale painting and color it afterwards, or fill in colors and then shade on a separate lighting layer or layers. Partly this comes from my lighting knowledge having most of it's roots in 3D graphics and partly because just choosing colors seems incredibly arbitrary to me.

Anyway I had gotten kind of frustrated with how monochromatic this piece came out, using that method, and decided to try something different. So, this was done entirely in color, so to speak. Basically the digital equivalent of traditional painting. I'm not sure what I think of the result. It's definitely more interesting, and uses a wider range of colors than usual, but I still feel like it's a bit dull and the character doesn't blend well with the environment, (though... that mane, who knows how it actually interacts with light) giving it a distinctively amateurish look. This was also the first time I ever used textured brushes. Mostly that was because doing the grass was getting incredibly tedious one blade at a time.

As for the scene itself. Well. I recently read Past Sins, which is apparently among the most well known stories in this fandom, and one of the few of that set also generally considered to be of some quality. I had some problems with it, but I did generally enjoy the story, and I really liked Nyx as a character, so I found an excuse to draw her. Anyway, for the lazy, this is Nyx, the partial magical manifestation of Nightmare Moon, after raising the sun, having some personal revelations in the shade (sort of) of a willow tree. I considered actually sneaking Twist in there somewhere, but I'm lazy.
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demonblood2021 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2017  Student Artist
Makujah Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
Quite remarkable. Is it from some fanfic or sth?
10blue10 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014
I love Past Sins, and this is a great picture!
jardape Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Pretty Nyx.
Formoy1 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Ohhh cool!
RinMitzuki Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
This was one of the more powerful scene in the book
LegendaryMemory Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a wonderful piece of work! The lighting is indeed intricate and plays with the grass and Nyx nicely. I'll admit that the leaves are a bit on the odd side probably because there's only a small number of hanging (branches?). Arting trees is difficult though, so no big fault here. Just some feedback from a noobie! Pls don't hurt me

And I sort of skimmed your feedback and it seems you agree with the general consensus that parts of the story drags on. Also on the fact on character characteristics are a bit unusual (i.e. Celestia) is agreed on as well. Nonetheless, good to see you enjoyed the story somewhat! I certainly did myself, but that's my opinion.

Lastly, your title makes me think of that aliens meme, but with ponies instead. "I'm not saying it was ponies, but it was ponies." :D
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014   Digital Artist
Yeah, out of all the parts of this picture, the leaves are probably the most half-assed. There should be more of them, and they could be more detailed, but they were good enough, and the picture was a few days old at that point.

And of course It totally was ponies.

That was going to be a quick sketch. >_>
LegendaryMemory Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well now... I'll just totally, casually save that for future reference... And done.
GhostBoys2 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Professional Artist
Best art work of Nyx I have ever seen!Love 
M1dnightMuse Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
...just, beautiful... a truly amazing piece of art.
CreativeNyx Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's beautiful +favlove 
Stardust00 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I loved this scene from the book though it was still a bit sad how she was alone till Twist came by. Nyx is best pony OC :meow:
ServantPhoenix Featured By Owner Edited Jul 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Is that... *gasp*... Nyx after she first raised the sun? 

EDIT: checked description: yes :)

Send it to Pen Stroke. I'm sure he'll be happy. 
NadnerbD Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Heh, those descriptions, they say things, yeah? :D Neat that it's recognizable without it though. Thanks for that. :)

As for Pen Stroke, I suspect he knows about this, given that he's added it to his Nyx collection.
Yay295 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2014
Nyx! Best CMC imo.

Really nice picture. (:
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