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Lauren Faust: The God Empress of all Ponykind by EuropaMaxima Lauren Faust: The God Empress of all Ponykind by EuropaMaxima
After one month and a broken tablet, Lauren Faust is finished in all her glory!!
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 :D
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VisIon: thi piece is visually stunning and quite beautiful. The colors are quite nice.
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:)
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24 out of 34 deviants thought this was fair.

it is beautiful, the crown is amazing and the armour is the most fantastic armor that i have ever seen, and i have seen alot of armours, and on a pony no less. but the hair looks just a little clumpy to me, the mane has a slight medusa snake hair look to it, i think if you made the hair more like threads then it would be much better, otherwise its perfect. the overall air of the peice is extremely majestic, but the hair and the way it is shaped is just a little bit off.

very great work.
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Axe-Canabrava Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can just picture her going ".................can someone help me get out? I can't WALK in this!"
julibugs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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.
Justaanothertean Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
You know I don't even care that it's a pony crossover, it's so well made that I'm going fave if this is what you can draw I can't wait to see your other stuff. 
81Scorp Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Epic! :faint:
DeiSakuChris Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is godly
TVnGames Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If Lauren Faust is God Empress of all Ponykind, what will it make Bonnie Zacherle, the One Above All? XD
Blackvegetable Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Wow, that's epically fantastic! :D
MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Awesome I guess eve princess celstria will bow down to her
JonahXD Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
oh my god, this is the best drawing l've ever seen on deviantart, where digital drawing is concerned.
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:
EuropaMaxima Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Digital Artist
How long have I been drawing? Since as far back as I can remember XD

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 :)
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