This is a prime example of sacrificing posing and background in favor of caking on as much detail as humanly possible!
Sadly due to the size of this image I had to scale it down a tad, though I don't think that it has affected the overall detail too badly.
Hope you like it, comments and critique are appreciated greatly
Originality: although this piece is wonderful, there are a lot of Lauren Faust alicorn ones similar to this, So I only gave you two and a half stars for that.
Technique: the technique of this piece is quite nice also, very expressive and visually pleasing. I especially like the way you did the shadows and highlights of the armor.
Impact: this art is quite impact full, drawing the viewer into the piece and leaving him hungry for more.
This is my first critique, so I hope I did a good job
very great work.
But in all seriousness, this has a heck of a lot of detail.
Kinda makes you wonder what Faust herself thinks of all this?
Personally? I think she'll never get over the amazement of our love for her.
l want to ask you how long you have been drawing and if u can give me shading tips. Just started drawing
ponies myself (traditional black and white). much appreciated if you will and again:
YOUR WORK LOOKS AWESOME, MY MOUTH DROPPED 5 STORIES DOWN FROM SEEING IT
When it comes to shading this picture isn't the best example, seeing as this was made 2 years ago, that being said for pencil drawings I generally use the "2 shade rule" which is made up of 2 types of shadow:
The first is dependant on where your light source (or sources) are placed, in that if the light comes from directly above, then the majority of the shading will be on the underside of your subject, if the light comes from below, then the shading will be on top of the subject, the same rules apply from right to left and left to right. depending on how harsh you want the light source to be, the shadows can either be very hard and dark, or very light.
The second type of shading is shadows, which fall and distort depending on how and where the light source is coming from, if say the light source was at a 2 o'clock position then the shadow would be long, as oppose to the light source being at a 12 o'clock position wherein the shadows will be a lot shorter. Of course if there are multiple light sources then the need for shadows may not be necessary at all.
Now in terms of technique I generally use cross-hatching and sometimes cell shading combined with very light pencil strokes to create a gradient between the harsher shades and the highlighted areas of the subject.
Looking at your gallery though I would recommend mastering anatomy before moving on to shading, seeing as good anatomy and correct shading compliment each other very well. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask any time
Would def purchase a print.
... hmmm, I wonder how hard that might be for someone to sculpt, that would look awesome on the desk.
Faust has always been the one true ruler of Ponydom and Bronydom alike.
.. would you mind if I'd use the picture (or part of it) as a forum avatar? With source, of course
these ponies who give of themselves to me.
Like clay I shall mould them,
and in the furnace of love forge them.
They will be of kind heart and silky mane.
In fair armor shall I clad them and with the mightiest magics will they be armed.
They will be untouched by greed or deceit, no discord will blight them.
They will have parties, gatherings and muffins so that no foe can best them in harmony.
They are my bulwark against the Anger.
They are the Defenders of Equestria.
They are my Space Mareines,
And they shall know only friendship.
-The God Empress