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Derpy - Ooo Bubbles by aJVL Derpy - Ooo Bubbles by aJVL
~Bubbblllyyy

Wallpaper for all of you! I appreciate all the watches, comments, and encouragement many of you had given. I know I don't really reply to them, but I do acknowledge.
Every single compliment makes me wanting to do more, striving to do better. I still have a loooooooooooooooooooooong way to go.

Bubble tutorial from one of the ImagineFX magazine. Forgot which issue since I've already returned it to the library.
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:iconpix3m:
Hello again!

I kinda like the idea of this piece. Have our little derpy stare at some bubbles and such, but also add a touch of realism that has a bit more than what this may have looked like if this idea was executed with vectors instead.

I've personally wondered if I could also achieve a level of realism with our cartoon ponies, but I eventually thought that if I wanna keep doing ponies, I may probably want to focus more with composition and coloring than creating form to our subjects that just doesn't have any to begin with. I dunno about how you feel about this, but for me, I've decided to spend my effort on composition, striving to do more with more simplier styles.

While I can't be entirely confident on what level of 'real' you want though, but I have some thoughts I could offer anyways. After looking at real objects long enough, I finally figured out how highlights work. Highlights do not directly face a light source unlike areas that has a shadow on them. Highlights appear on surfaces of an angle between one facing the eyes, and another facing a light source. Highlights appear where light directly bounces off a surface in a fashion like laser beams bouncing off mirrors. Places in which highlights don't appear are places where light is scattered around instead of simply bouncing off like a mirror.

Not that I have had much blond hair to observe, but my black hair seems to have very, very strong highlights. The highlights on my own hair is actually white. I would imagine blond hair to be the same. The hair we have here may have beautifully soft colors but the colors are rather muddy for hair as I'm not really seeing any strong highlights. I can't picture how this would impact the piece right now, but it's probably useful to know.

The highlights in Derpy's eyes are kind of like what I see on cartoonistic styles, but IMO they don't seem to work all that well when you try adding them to something more real. Flat vector work seems to get away with careless placements of eye highlights, but the large highlight on Derpy's left eye suggests a large light source from behind but the lower highlight suggesting one in front of her and below some. For some reason why aren't completely convincing highlights because it's a little dark for being reflections of a light source.

We could also probably go for darker pupils, considering there are darker colors in other areas of this painting.

I also noticed the ear being lowered. Last I remember from reading a few tidbits about horses, horses generally point their ears in directions which catch their interest. It may be more intuitive to have Derpy point her ears forward. Ponies from the show seem to lower their ears at times when they're feeling angry or scared among other emotions that might be fitting, but I've never seen them lower their ear when something fun and good catches their attention.

Then, one of the biggest things I notice is this curious fact that you completely left out a mouth in a piece that tries being a little real by giving our ponies some form. I am not sure how this works, and I am not sure if the two styles are clashing. I dunno how to feel about it as it's totally illogical but it works well enough.

Overall, great piece that falls a bit short on trying to be real, but it somehow can get away with completely leaving out a mouth. Heh. I suppose I still have a ways to understand why some art styles work while others fall kinda short. This works better than whatever intuition I have tells me,.
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:iconponyuniverse:
PonyUniverse Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That is adorable!!
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Don't burst her dream!
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:iconjungletigerdoodles:
JungleTigerDoodles Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg LOVEE IT
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:iconludechris31:
ludechris31 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is my new wallpaper!
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:iconludechris31:
ludechris31 Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Really beautiful. Makes me smile inside and out.
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:iconapc03:
APC03 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
great job!

I love all the dark colors!
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013
Those are terrible ><
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:iconagnessafelorepie:
AgnessaFelorePie Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Derp is beautiful
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Themistocles2 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Love it!
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:iconstupiddeviantaccount:
I would love to hang this on my wall
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013
I would love to see it.
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:iconbluebloodryuu:
BlueBloodRyuu Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
This is beautiful, taking derpy to be more than what most bronies imagine her to be ^^
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:iconwestfallen:
Westfallen Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
I love these pics with brush stroke effects, simply brilliant. I find the most enjoyment in imagining the texture on my hand, whether from what surface the picture was painted on or how it would feel if I were to run my hand through the hair and skin if it were a 3d object. The temperature, a type of stone or tapestry....
Anyone that can invoke that type of extrasensory stimulus with just a picture, online or otherwise, they have my respect (if that means anything XD). Awe inspiring work. :P
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WolfeTrax Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
This is one of the sweetest MLP images I've ever seen! I really really love this, the textures, composition, and colors, and her expression is priceless and sweet.

Critique-wise I can't add much except for maybe three things: The small bubble in her hair at the top is visually distracting (in this MLP context): At first glance it's almost like a unicorn horn, made worse (to my eye) by the line of flow of her ear and hair - it sort of forms a triangle with the bubble as an apex.

Also, I understand what you did with the space on the left, but to my eye it's too much negative space that really tries to pull my eyes away from Derpy.

And maybe, maybe... just the tiniest shade darker for her eyes, though I think I understand why you might have chosen the warmth you gave them.

Other than that, I have nothing but praise for this image. You really convey a lot of affection for Derpy in this. Very nicely done!
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radiantsilverfire Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
love this!
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:iconooderpyoo:
oODerpyOo Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Student General Artist
damn this is awesome, I love it. :iconderpylaplz:
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guerreroperdido Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
My only critique: Too small to be my wallpaper. :(

I need this somewhere. Gotta have it. Anyone know any good ideas where to place this?
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Smartphone wallpaper :p
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mjc3 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I am horrible at critiques. All I know is that this is going on my desktop.
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:iconlorddivinity:
LordDivinity Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Student General Artist
daaaaaaaaaaaaam maaaaaaaaaaaaaan looks so dam epic xD
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TryHardBrony Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know I already commented on this, but I forgot to say that you should make more like this! I love the style you used. Especially the eyes! :D pretty peas? :3
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TryHardBrony Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love how you did this! :D Keep up the great work!! :)
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y2bd Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
If you say that you have a long way to go, then I can't wait to see what your future holds.

This art style also kind of reminds me of some of Imalou's works. Do you know of him?
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
I think you meant her*
And yes, I do know of her works. I like her style in painting using SAI. That digital water colour effect is hard to not adore.
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:icony2bd:
y2bd Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
Yes, her. Sorry, I just default to male nominatives when the gender of the person escapes me. English language and all that jazz.
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Midnight-Page Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
awesome :)
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:iconcrowwfeathers:
crowwfeathers Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
BUBBLES!!!!!!!!
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Avroshiro Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Simply amazing.
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Dutchcrafter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Because of me modding a lot I looked at this and tought well it's good but the background needs work. But then I realised that the colours actually pulled my view away from the left side of the drawing(where it's just plain gray) and focused it on the face of derpy and the placement of the bubbles made sure I did not return to that gray area. Either you did it on purpose or not I don't know but I do know that it's at the least worthy of a compliment. So I commend you for that nice visual trick.
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
That's actually what all artist would do; to constantly pull the viewer eyes to the subject matter, which in this case is Derpy herself.
The boring greyish-ness is actually to balance the composition.
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Dutchcrafter Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
YOu would be suprised how few people actually manage to do it on this level. Well at least on DA that is.
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blackdragonthebad Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Her mouth!!!
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:icon009-1:
009-1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
Very cute =D
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:iconthedot-42:
TheDoT-42 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
This is so awesome. Your art is marvelous..
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:iconopus-13:
opus-13 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Very nice work on this! The bubbles look real and Derpy seems quite enamored with them. :D
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:iconscoober1111:
scoober1111 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing image mate, Derpy always looks so innocent.
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:iconmidnightfox1:
midnightfox1 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
beautifully done
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Pirill-Poveniy Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Yay, best pony! You drew her wonderfully! :D
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:iconfarenazar:
Farenazar Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012   Digital Artist
Yet so simple, yet so amazing. Her mane looks detailed.
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:iconrevealdance19:
Revealdance19 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job. I love it! ^^
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:icondarkmoonwolf22:
darkmoonwolf22 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!!!
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:icondragonbird1248:
Dragonbird1248 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist
AWESOME! That is the Best MLP Ive ever seen! :love:
*faved*
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:iconsokolas:
Sokolas Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So beautiful! I love your art more and more with every new piece :)
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Npm98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the warm lighting on Derpy's face and overall just how cute this is~
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Derpy is best pony.
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Npm98 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
NO SHE'S NOT SHE'S OFFENSIVE!!!!11!!1!one!!eleven1one!

She really is though.
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cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
daw
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
dawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Mine's longer. I win! haha
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cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
:)
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Ardail Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love your colors to your pictures so much!
Nice work as always!
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