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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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:iconflutterbye4ever:
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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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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LJ-ATCTION-360 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015
CURSE YOU! Faust!
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:icontharen2:
Tharen2 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
She looks like bad ass incarnate.
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:iconanzelpony:
AnzelPony Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Founds this via Reddit this morning. Absolutely amazing!
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:iconzidayazenovka:
ZidayaZenovka 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. 
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:iconaxe-canabrava:
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!"
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julibugs Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
MAH GAWD! ALL THAT DETAIL! I CAN'T HANDLE IT!
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.
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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. 
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81Scorp Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist
Epic! :faint:
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:icondeisakuchris:
DeiSakuChris Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is godly
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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
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Blackvegetable Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Wow, that's epically fantastic! :D
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
Awesome I guess eve princess celstria will bow down to her
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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:
YOUR WORK LOOKS AWESOME, MY MOUTH DROPPED 5 STORIES DOWN FROM SEEING IT
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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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Irregular-Entity Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simply spectacular. Amazing work.
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cdot284 Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
she looks so epic 
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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
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Milliemewz Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh my gosh this is so amazing! Everything about this is so beautiful!
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James4thewin Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Sanguinius wishes he was this fabulous
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:iconjames4thewin:
James4thewin Featured By Owner May 21, 2014
Or should I say "wished?"
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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.
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DJP15 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
rivalling the quiality of 'Eavy Metal themselves ^^
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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
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tilemaxosbra Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just imagine how safe Equestria is with her in charge.
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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! 
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:iconmalcho1234:
Malcho1234 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Excellently-drawn heresy.
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:icondurham-red:
durham-red Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Struth...this is amazing!
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:iconhailmyself:
HailMyself Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014
FOR THE EMPRESS !!!
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Godforoth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
oh god!
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:iconpojo-san:
Pojo-san Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazingly well done. There is so much detail that I find myself staring at it for several minutes just trying to take all of it in. I love how you have the unicorn heads on her hoof armor, and I found Philomina, Celestia and Luna's cutie marks on both her legs and wings, and 3 of the Mane 6 on her wings. I would love to see this done to Luna and Celestia as well. Good job! Dance! 
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fixman88 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
There are no word I can come up with that could adequately describe how epic this is!
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RedFireD0g Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm not a fan of My Little Pony, or Warhammer, or the expression 'bad-ass,' but this is bad. fucking. ass. 
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AmrasFelagund Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2013
Such epicness! This is what I call a defender of ponydom!
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CynicalFel Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013
I love the amount of detail you placed in this picture, Very, very nice work here.
Would def purchase a print.
... hmmm, I wonder how hard that might be for someone to sculpt, that would look awesome on the desk.
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SyphorLightning Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh damn!  She's ready for a war no doubt!
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HatariTheWolf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
This is beautiful, my god.. Very well done, seriously.
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Majoras-Vengeance Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013
ALL HAIL HER MAJESTY THE GOD QUEEN EMPRESS MATRIARCH OF PONYKIND, LAUREN FAUST. 
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metalsystem761 Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Behold the God and Queen of all the ponies, and most powerful Alicorn in existence.
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:iconnovacinder:
NovaCinder Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
HOLY CRAP! that is just amazing!
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Magrior Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013

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 :)

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EuropaMaxima Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Student Digital Artist
As long as you link me to the forum :)
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Magrior Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013

He, of course I can! Though I doubt it will be of much interest to you since it's a german forum and got basically completely wiped yesterday (hard drive crashed and a lot of data was lost, hence the search for a new avatar) but I can't deny you :P

ponyboard.de/index.php

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LaserPon3 Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Professional Artist
Amazing. The detail on the armor is incredible.
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:iconfmiranda108:
fmiranda108 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
Muy hermosa!!!
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:iconblaze-libby:
Blaze-Libby Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
amazing :3

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:iconprettydragoon:
prettydragoon Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2013
The Empress protects!
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VengefulJan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
They shall be my finest students,
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
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Sev808 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
THIS IS OUTFUCKINGSTANDING!!!
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:iconrose-eclipse:
Rose-Eclipse Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic Comment for da win
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K-OZ-Will Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
I wish I could favorite your comment xD
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