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Everfree's Finest Resident - Zecora by aJVL Everfree's Finest Resident - Zecora by aJVL
Commissioned by :iconbabyshawn2:

EDIT: Augghh.... didn't realize there's another file in this submission box. Ignore the past version and take this instead.

~Even in one of the most notorious region of Equestria, something great comes out of it


One of the better portrait work I've done, and I've happy about the lighting. I think I'm getting the hang of colour and value. Well, can't be complacent and all, so I've still gotta practice.
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Starting off, this is a superb and phenomenal piece of artwork. From the shimmer of the light to the strands of hair on her mane, it give off a presence powerful enough to earn an insta-click from the preview image.

I believe the things that are most well done here are the approach in style and the lighting effects on the accessories and surroundings you've set in place. The conceptual and rough expressionistic quality in the graphic nature of the foliage in the moss and plant life in contrast with the more refined and exact qualities executed on the character make for an intirguing relationship in the stylistic quality of this piece. There are areas that are quick and implied and ares that are refined to exact details, which gives it a relaxed feel to the piece by not stressing over every detail to the grains of dust.

The lighting, if I'm too assume is coming from a swarm of lightning bugs, may be a tad too bright in my opinion. The mood here is almost a "dusk" kind of setting. With the deep black/blue of the background, I feel its either supposed to be night or its just very dark in there. I find Zecora's character very intriguing, and maybe toning down on the light and emphasizing the shadow across her features could have accentuated that, building on the mystery of the setting and what she's doing there.

I already praised your style, but I feel something else to add is the painterly quality of the layering. Its almost clearly visible here to see your process in your production. I get a very back-to-front feel from this and it also adds to the illusion of depth in play. Something I think may have gotten a bit flubbled in the execution however may be that the little grass blotches accidentally overlap some of the more foreground blades of grass. Also, there is a brown spot behind her back left hoof that is giving me a vertical reading that is counteracting the grass around it. I'm not sure what's going on there.

But in totality, you did do an incredibly fantastic job on this piece and it deserves as much love and limelight as it can get. You've got mine and easily a new watcher to add to the list. Instant :+favlove: and I wish you the best of luck in your coming pieces!
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Grats on getting a piece to be featured on ponies plus!

As a pixel artist who's seriously starting to step up his game and try new styles that allows for greater detail, it's great to see pieces that I can look up to when I want to figure out how to turn those simple vectors to something pretty detailed to make the most out of my medium.

Getting the hang of color and value? I personally wonder what happens if the green color of the hanging foliage would be changed to something that blends into he background a bit more, so it does not distract too much from our subject (my eyes keep wandering off to them. grrr) . For everything else, there's nothing much I can say; everything else seems pretty right to me. :)

The lighting is pretty interesting. There's something to this mystical quality of it that has really grabbed my attention. The blue sparkles in the corner seems to be very interesting, and it really makes me stop and wonder what they are. I would think the piece would make more intuitive sense if a little blue was added to her neck and ear rings though, especially in areas where you've chosen to darken.

However, the yellow light source is starting to throw me off when I spend time thinking about it. Her back left leg tells me that the light source is behind her. Her earring tells me that it's to the side. The shading of the ground is also throwing me off as it doesn't seem to correspond to that light source correctly despite the bushes in the background doing that just fine. Her neck rings also doesn't make complete sense as it suggests a more frontal light source. Eh, I also screw up with somewhat incoherent shading on my own works.

Less coherent shading or not, this is still a great piece that can grab people's attention. I need more people to look up to so I can keep my ego in check, so you have earned a watcher.
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ringtailmaster Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014
looks sooooo cool, we need more Zecora artwork, around here, great job n_n
aJVL Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014
Haha, my friend is a big fan of zecora. He would agree with you.
Zecorathegreat Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So fantastic 
its like plastic
aJVL Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014
I see someone's also a Zecora fan? ;)
Zecorathegreat Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutly yeah I love zecora she's my fav pony
TheBlueDreamMaker Featured By Owner May 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that piece of art!!!
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks so awesome...
jahaira263 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
OMG this is soo cool nice job :D
Phenometron Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
Zecora is Equestria's best advisor, next to Princess Celestia. :)
Tifa22 Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job! I really like the lighting and her eyes! :wow:
Scarlett-scribble Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The lighting in this picture is, just perfect. How did you manage to get such beautiful contrast on zecora's body? I think this is one of my favourite mlp pieces ever! Just beautiful. Can I ask how long it took you to do? and if possible how you build up the texture/shading on the body? I'm teaching myself and any advice would help me greatly!
Marsuwai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Zecora is best pony. And I really like the light effect in her eye and the forest environment.
CobaltBrony Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THIS IS AMAZING. The level of detail is just awesome.
yukzx Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
TurboSolid Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Simply gorgeous.
Arthuurs Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Sassycat2 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Really, really beautiful. I love the lighting, especially the chiaroscuro (lol, I only know that word b/c of Tale of Despereux) of the dark Everfree forest and the sun shining in through the leaves. Her tail and mane and perfect, I love it!
PrettyPurringFox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2012
Yes. Just yes. :heart:
sampea Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
she looks great
Sunwurm Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is so well-made!
ProsaurusRex Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
Simply amazing. I just found you work through Woody's Calm Before The Storm. I wish I could favourite it all, but a watch will do I suppose.
whitemew Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
It would be awesome if you could make a wider wallpaper version of this.
TheMagicofFriendship Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderfully done. I wish I could say more, but I'm afraid that I'm at a loss of words.
Keep up the good work. :+fav:
FeatherSpiral Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconzecoraplz::iconsaysplz: What a beautiful piece of painted art / That touches the very depths of my heart / Made with such talent in its realism and detail / You made each blade of grass and strand of tail!
yayayayayala Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
I am watching you. Now. After seeing only this one.
aJVL Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
yayayayayala Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
eeyup XD
ArbitraryRenaissance Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If I credit you, can I use this in a project? I'm not going to wait for an answer, so I'll assume you'll say "yes."
aJVL Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
Be sure to link it back to this page is all.
Can I see it as well?
ArbitraryRenaissance Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
KillKatt Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Totally awesome!!!
Tinyfeather Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is super duper gorgeous!

a couple of problems though: her front leg looks almost disconnected from her body at the shoulder, like it just pops off instead of fitting smoothly into her side. also, her neck is twisted at a rather severe angle.
DemonPanther Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
The Everfree Forest,
a great cause of dread,
where evil does not rest,
and where one pony treads.

I love Zecora and the fact that she lives in that forest!
ask-zecora-zebra Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wow! You spent so much time on a picture of me,
And the quality's amazing, far as I can see!
darthvador1234 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2012
This is a great work of art. You obviously put a lot of time and effort into this.
JaySG2010 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
It's beuti.... amazing. Both actually. Just one thing her front right shoulder(?). It kinda looks disconected. I don't know it pops out in a way that seems strange to me. Other than that it's pretty much amazing.
HeatherTrelawney Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job! :D
Drakin929 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Incredible and amazingly beautiful. ^_^
Tuume Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012   Writer
Wonderful work. The forest looks natural and serene. The lighting you've used highlights Zecora and the tranquility that surrounds her.
RanSurround Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
K4nK4n Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
Zecora looks so beautiful here.
NicolasDominique Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Professional Artist
So magnificent work!
WiskeyMike1 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012
OMG this is fantastic. Grate work
Dragonstar1278 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
DeVangiel Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Beautiful, Zecora doesn't get enough fan time IMO. Good work on the eye, you can see her gorgeous smile without actually seeing it :)
Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Great Zecora!
DeJiKo07 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Zecora has beautiful eyes!!!! I love the texture too!!!
EverlastingJoy Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I took one quick look at this and knew it was an instant favorite. The design, the coloring, the lighting, everything is top notch!
knuxmania Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Wow. That is really good!
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