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Welp, the colour's still off and everything looks desaturated, but a slight improvement I think. Critique's welcome.
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First off, let me say that I adore this! I think the washed-out colours enhanced the overall feel of the piece, and you shouldn’t over think them – they’re fine!

I cannot get over the colours used in the clouds and sky! They’re wonderful, and completely break away from the other aspects, yet blend quite delicately at the horizon. I especially love the colours used for the sun, showing the bright, yet fleeting light as the sun nears the edge of the horizon – I also think the position of the sun, that is, reflecting onto the river and lake, as to create a lovely band of light in the shape of an inverted ‘V’, where the river expands into the lake, is wonderful!

However, the only area that I think could be slightly improved is the brightness – after playing around with some of the levels for a little while, I found that slightly lowering the brightness, and increasing the contrast (particularly around the shadows of the tree (bush/plant), the banks of the river/lake, and the upper left hand-side of the sky), removes the ‘haze’ over the piece. It also helps the branches, sky, and the overall atmosphere, appear more dynamic, and adds a little more depth, too. It also brings the colours themselves into more focus, and separates from similar shades, and just generally improves the total feel.

What I love is the fact that you got the direction of the leaves in the wind perfect! Towards the bottom, the leaves blow towards the right first, before arcing around, and heading ‘through’ the river (direction wise), whereas, at the top of the tree, they flow at an angle, straight towards the vocal point at the head of the river – perfect perspective (whether it was purposeful or not, it’s wonderful!)
But, and this may just be me here, Fluttershy’s mane appears to be slightly off. Nothing overly major, it’s still in the correct general direction, but I think it would be blowing slightly more ‘forward’, so to speak, and less so to the right.

Overall, I think it’s gorgeous! From the shape of the mountain ranges, to the colours of Canterlot –not to mention the level of intricate details on the terrain! Fantastic job! Don’t forget to keep up the great work!
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I've been told that I tend to read more into a picture than what is really there, but even if you did not mean to, I think that you have created something very reflective in this picture.

Autumn can be unusually symbolic. Green fades and dies as the year ends. I can see a great deal of fading and dying in your picture. The falling leaves are very striking and meaningful in that you have given them roughly the same color as Fluttershy.

Fluttershy herself looks a little faded as well. Usually she is teaming with emotion; whether joy, fear, sadness, or peace, most of the images that have Fluttershy show her effusive and dynamic. In your picture she is a blank slate. She sees the world fading around her, but there does not seem to be any emotion in her face. If I had to assign an emotion to her, it would be acceptance.

Canterlot is as strong and stolid as ever. Perhaps her gaze is fixed on it as a center in her world. Maybe comfort is found in it as an eternal point that resists the change surrounding her.

I'm impressed with the detail you paid to the trees in the foreground. I love the soft and sharp contrasts in the leaves and branches. It helps pull my attention to the left side of the image and I almost need to pull myself away from Fluttershy at the bank to think about what she is looking at.

The color looks fine, but there is another flaw. Looking at the river wind up into the horizon, the perspective does not stay constant. It's very slight, but still distracting.

Otherwise, this is a fantastic, and, for me, emotional landscape.
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MaskedMenace833 Featured By Owner 4 days ago
One of the reasons I really your work and yourself as an artist, is because you are always experimenting and exploring the different approaches and possibilities available to you. This is amazing, the desaturation, the texture. It's very different to most other works in your library, and yet (of course) is still phenomenal.
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SalvatoreMasterDenif Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Breathtaking awesome!  :+favlove:
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BobBricks101 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Omigoshomigoshomigosh! I was looking for a wallpaper, and you delivered! Great job!
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nightmaremoon977 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013
WOW...
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DragodrawAndNightTJ Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wth is wrong with ur icon?
:icontrollfaceplz: :iconajvl:
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KenedyStorm Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This amazing painting is my favourite wallpaper for my pc (it doesnt work in my phone xD) I just LOVE that painting!
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DoodleBug253 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me+this picture=mind blown. too amazing. <3
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MissIp Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
amazing background
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LAKnight89 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh! I found it! This is the painting I was talking about! It's so beautiful, with its gorgeous gold and amber tones, I love it soooooo much! And I love that Fluttershy looks a bit melancholy, but not like she's gonna burst out crying or anything. This painting is just so beautiful. And Fluttershy is done in such a lovely, realistic way. It's not cartoony at all. It's just gorgeous.

I was wondering if I might use this image (not the background, though it too is utterly breathtaking, but the image of Fluttershy herself) in a banner for my Fluttershy fanfic. Can I? I promise I won't make any money off of it in any way, shape or form, and I'll totally credit you. But this picture is just so beautiful! And she's so beautiful! And I can just see how it'll fit into the banner idea that I have. May I use it?

Sincerely,

LA Knight
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LAKnight89 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Oh! I found it! This is the painting I was talking about! It's so beautiful, with its gorgeous gold and amber tones, I love it soooooo much! And I love that Fluttershy looks a bit melancholy, but not like she's gonna burst out crying or anything. This painting is just so beautiful. And Fluttershy is done in such a lovely, realistic way. It's not cartoony at all. It's just gorgeous.

I was wondering if I might use this image (not the background, though it too is utterly breathtaking, but the image of Fluttershy herself) in a banner for my Fluttershy fanfic. Can I? I promise I won't make any money off of it in any way, shape or form, and I'll totally credit you. But this picture is just so beautiful! And she's so beautiful! And I can just see how it'll fit into the banner idea that I have. May I use it?

Sincerely,

LA Knight
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NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why I didn't see that before. Epic Art.
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Colourpelt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Woooooooow, this is amazing!
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temporos Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
My god... WHY ARE THESE IN "SCRAPS?!" :icondashnoesplz:
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Scarlett-scribble Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow....if I had half your talent. Beautiful!
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aJVL Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Just practice is all I can say.
I mean, if you go back 9 months ago and tell me this work is mine, I would probably think you're crazy.

Go through speedpaint video and analyse how artists use their brushes, use reference book and practice.
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Scarlett-scribble Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm in the same position. If I look at my work a few months ago compared to now I've improved a lot. Thanks for your advice. I've got loads of reference books and magazines and I'm currently studying an art and animation diploma so hopefully i'll be able to produce something of this standard soon :). Practice practice practice lol. I'll certainly check out some more videos and try to analyse brushes and everything. I look forward to your next pieces. S x
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kit-triforce Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is breathtaking. I feel as if I'm being pulled into the picture. May I print this to give out to fellow bronies?
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aJVL Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012
go right ahead
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kit-triforce Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
TY! *squee*
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Horsesnhurricanes Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Good god, this is INCREDIBLE.
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Jake75 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
WOW I wouldnt change a thing
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
to tell you the truth, i have not seen something so beautiful on DA.
this is simply outstanding.
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ItsTigzz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just....amazing. Wow.
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LexLight92 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
So cute! <3
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Lilies05 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
That is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
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wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
Simply stunning.
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JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Wow amazing work. What a glorious landscape.
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DuskTwinkle Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012
Awesome artwork, i wish i could draw like that.
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LongshotLink Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is gorgeous. Really pretty.
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Freefox Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Such a beautiful artwork
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Rulsis Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You sir or ma'am, are an inspiration! I can stare at this picture for hours and fantasize my own world away into this beautiful landscape of dreams! I will strive to learn from your creative design and do hope you continue to make such wondrous works of art!
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crimsonbrony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
face melts from the awesomeness
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privateDlister Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Just...Wow...
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LoneWolfMark Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
When I look at an image and my first reaction is for my jaw to slowly drop in astonishment, you know you have my approval!
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Charlesdeleroy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Oh wow, epic fantasy illustration stuff here!
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TheArtisticPony Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh it's so beautiful! I absolutely love this! Amazing! Great job. :)
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Mysticwrites Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Looks seriously amazing!
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Mcnutty97 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
holy wow

words cannot express this scenery
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Maddog3060 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
This... is absolutely gorgeous. :jawdrop:
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bobtehnoob-1337 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
d'awwww
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AtemsAngel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic!! I love it!!! I think the desaturation is what makes it so great! It gives it an ominous feeling but at the same time it brings to mind a feeling of longing, maybe with a little melancholy thrown in.
Again, fantastic!!
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guzik5500 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Awesome!
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NicolaiGrey Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
wow this is incredible
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Fundz64 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pardon my french but- HOLY SHIT!
that is all I can think of as of now.. I'm just so flabbergasted!!
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DustyScarecrow Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done, I love it!
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attack193 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Beautiful.
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DrLuckybuck Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I very much like this. It gives the impression that Fluttershy is deep in thought. The colours, along with the setting itself, make is seem as though that something isn't happy. But still, this is beautiful and thought provoking.
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Tharag Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Beautiful blend of detailed Fluttershy against a slightly abstract background. Love the sunset color pallet choice, and the waterfalls coming off Canterlot is a nice touch. This is definitely going to be a permanent addition to my desktop rotation.
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
Wow, very nice.
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