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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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Critique by Flutterbye4ever Flutterbye4ever/critique/662410443">Aug 7, 2012, 2:36:28 PM
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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Critique by neutrallee neutrallee/critique/662431599">Aug 7, 2012, 3:25:22 PM
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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PaleMoonCircusRussia Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
When i Saw this i got reminded of the Anime Called "Saint Seiya".
reiler12 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016
How dare you think you can be at the level of God Emperor of man, your petulant xenon!
ChromaSlip Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
Warhammer? Absolutely beautiful
SoanoS Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A lovely piece or art. Stunning, even.
GofyTomcat1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2016
It is the 41st Mare-linnium. 

For more than a hundred centuries the immortal Goddess-Empress Lauren Faust has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Equestria. She is the Mistress of Ponykind by the will of the gods, and master of a million worlds by the might of her inexhaustible light of those whom she commands to spread the Magic of Friendship. She is the Golden Mare whose eternal vision has guided Equestria from out of the Dark Age of Technology. She is the Creator Lord of the Imperium of Ponykind for whom legions of mares and stallions pledge their eternal devotion so that she may never truly die. 

Yet even in her deathless state, Empress Faust continues her eternal vigilance. Mighty fleets of pegusi and griffons cross the daemon-infested miasma of the eternity above Equestria, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the AstronomGriffon, the psychic manifestation of the Empress's will. Vast armies give battle in her name across Equestria and beyond. Greatest amongst her soldiers are the Adequus Marestartes, the Space-Mare-ines: bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades in arms are legion: the Celestian Guard and countless planetary defense forces, the ever vigilant Inquisition of Harmony and the tech-priests of the Adequus Marechanicus to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants - and the physical manifestation of Discord itself.

To be a pony in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in a perpetual battle between the forces of creativity and the evils of heresy and destruction. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim darkness of the far future there is only friendship, and under the eternal reign of Goddess-Empress Faust, Friendship is Magic, if one believes in Her unwaivering power. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of chaos and discord, and belief in the single dogma of all Ponykind:

Friendship is Magic. And (unsanctioned) Magic is Heresy.
NoMansLand40k Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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themediviso Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2016
See, this is why I don't go outside, you risk getting murder bludgeoned to death by PONYS IN POWER ARMOR!!

in all seriousness nice art 
Thedeathqueen616 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Student General Artist
This is not humanly possible to be honest.... Are you not a God or what?!?!?!?!.
Blackholelord Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
One word... WOW!!!!!
iceforest2 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2016
The Living Ponysaint. Wow, just WOW.
jario21 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
umm... I just got a broner... good job, this is an amazing piece of art.
ArchMageOsmund Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Plz nu...
Toxikfoxy Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015   Traditional Artist
indeed :3 beautiful job
NaokoElric2250 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
The armour and crown are just awesome :). And you did wing armour correctly.
Blackholelord Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Cool, its well made.
This is simply amazing...she certainly is the God Empress of all ponies! Definitely love it! Well done!
BlackPetals23 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Student General Artist
A DeviantArt user by the name of chaosthecat36 has uploaded this picture without any indication in the description that it is yours. Stealing art is a serious issue on DeviantArt and should not be ignored. This user had also uploaded other work from other users across DA and should be reported immediately. If you did not give he/she permission to use your work, then I suggest reporting it to DA immediately to get it removed from his/her account.
XxKashmiraxX Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this has been stolen
crimson flash by chaosthecat36
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Tharen2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
She looks like bad ass incarnate.
AnzelPony Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Founds this via Reddit this morning. Absolutely amazing!
ZiddersRoofurry Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is great though I can't help but think that I doubt Lauren sees herself as such. 
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!"
Thedeathqueen616 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Student General Artist
Ha yeah I actually thought the same thing.
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 :)
Irregular-Entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply spectacular. Amazing work.
cdot284 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks so epic 
PhiliChez Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow this looks awesome. Those wings look like they can smack the bad guys through the walls on their own. But ya, everything else looks awesome in general
Milliemewz Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is so amazing! Everything about this is so beautiful!
James4thewin Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Sanguinius wishes he was this fabulous
James4thewin Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Or should I say "wished?"
Ashaira Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
So help me god if i get the money i will order a gold, silver and ruby figurine of this.
DJP15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
rivalling the quiality of 'Eavy Metal themselves ^^
MasterKore Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014
i like armored ponies, it makes them look cool, her wings are perfect, the armor is amazing, and the pony itself looks good
tilemaxosbra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just imagine how safe Equestria is with her in charge.
Assassin427 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
I have no words. This piece of art is beyond stunning, as well as being one of the few truly fantastic representations of this character. Thank you! 
Malcho1234 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellently-drawn heresy.
durham-red Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Struth...this is amazing!
HailMyself Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student
Godforoth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
oh god!
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