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Hanging by the Edge by aJVL Hanging by the Edge by aJVL
~what are zebras to mountains?

Something I did as a birthday present during the first week of September for a friend of mine, :iconbabyshawn2:

This is the last time I'm using this much variation of colour, or at least until I get the hang of lighting.
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This is obviously a really good work of art. There is incredible texture, and I also really like the contrasting warm and cool/orange and blue tones and themes. The foreground, middleground, and backround are clearly defined, which makes up for a lack of a definitive horizon line, though technically that would be the mountains. The only bad thing I will say is that even though Zecora matches the style of the rest of the drawing, I think that the colors on her are a bit too muted, granted that she is a cartoon character, and that she is the main subject of the drawing. The texture could still be there making the pony less cartoonish anyway. Without the pony, the scene would be less touching but still makes sense.
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This is an absolutely beautiful work of art. In it's entirety, I feel it conveys emotion. Amazing emotion. I won't pretend to be any expert in visual art, so I will simply say that: it is beautiful ind impactful, and the transition between warm and cool colors is so smooth, it feels completely natural. I love it. And the lone tree hanging from the edge of the cliff, holding on with all of it's might is such an amazing point. As Zecora stares across the abyss at the high, rocky mountains, I want to be there too. I honestly do. This scene is so amazingly beautiful and...real.
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1-RainbowSmile Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Someone pinch me im in heaven :D 
Fairy-Slayer Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2015

Zecora looks beautiful as ever, especially so contemplative as she gazes out over the edge of creation, thinking about far off lands – perhaps strange and exciting places she's like to explore, or maybe she's remembering her home, the good times mostly. Either way, she's terrific. Gorgeous work on the landscape and background, and the lovely and quite tenacious tree is awesome. Maybe that's a metaphor for how Zecora feels sometimes living just on the edges of society, or maybe it's just a really cool tree growing out of the waterfall cliff. ;) Either way, it's quite awe-inspiring.


As always, it's a true pleasure to take in and find so much beauty and meaning in your artwork. Also I really like picking it apart a little so that both you and I can understand what I love so much about each work. Thanks.
VeTeRiLu Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Gorgeous masterpiece :clap:
Jingle-Jangle-Bella Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
You do know this pic is one of the cover pictures for, right?
aJVL Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014
Mmmhmm, I do.
vvolfeh Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Artist
This is amazing, and grats on getting on FimFiction :)
PrincessLuna2424 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Artist
I love this picture!! IT's really cool and I love the landscape that you did.
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Woooaah!!! Now that's a really beautiful secret scenery from the Everfree Forest!!! :omg: :omg: :omg:
MariaFauna Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist
Persona22 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
This piece of art is a thing of classical beauty! If Zecora had been replaced by a Dragon, I would have believed I was looking at the work of Ciruelo...
Good work. Good work indeed.
ALDOELI Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Such grace, they cry! Such style! Such hors d'oeuvres!
Multiverse13 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013
This sorta looks like something from Kung Fu Panda
pyrmappege Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
JETJK3 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Wonderful Landscape, including the birds, the cloud, the tree and the everything.

Also reminds me of :iconthelionkingplz: and Zecora is :iconadultsimbaplz::iconsays3plz:Everything the light touches belongs to me.
yellowcrash10 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013
"Everything the light touches belongs to me."
All your base are belong to us.
JETJK3 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
:?: ???
yellowcrash10 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2013
It's a joke.
JETJK3 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
Okay :?
saxkid12345 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Student Writer
Hey, I'm doing a music video collective of great MLP art on youtube. Mind if I add this?
LunaoftheCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
nothing more to say. just as good as the rest!
LB2497 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013
Wow just wow
PalletTheUnicorn Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2013  Student Digital Artist
It's beautiful!
fluttershywriter Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013
I love all of your artwork. There's so much detail. <3
Pyre1million Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Huh, there. I had to scroll down away from the image so I could breathe properly and write this.

I think perhaps the best thing about the image is that despite the terrain not being...well, what one archetypically thinks of for Africa, Zecora indelibly *FITS* there. There's something about her as a character, that lets the viewer have no trouble imagining her as more than just a traveler far from home, but an adventurer, a witness to the grand.

This image of yours has captured that perfectly. Well done.
Marsuwai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
I really like your landscapes.
thejebster Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
this is honestly one of the best fanart pieces i have ever seen. ever.
yellowcrash10 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2013
This picture got paired with this AMAZING song: [link]
One word: Art.
Midori-Kinoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
this is not actually Midori-Kinoko, but her brother, and i must say that; after staring at this masterpiece for quite awhile, i can find nothing to critique really... i tried, but failed. i must say that i find this picture absolutely and amazingly beautiful!
Monostache Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How pretty! I just love the background and the choice of colors~
Soliassoul Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The journey home....
Nektarios-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely magnificent! One of the greatest designs of landscape I've seen. Truly a piece of art! :love:
N7C7 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Here, take this money. You deserve it.
Likeabosslip Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Great picture for fimfiction
The-Shipping-Killer Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Artistic-Pineapple Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
what program did you use?
This is fantastic.
Lightning-Blue Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Incredible shading - I love the colours you've got on that tree :)
ladyepic247 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I wish I was there right now..
Very beautiful :)
GraviRaw Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Looks so peaceful, wonderful and charming...
zebrapoe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a very best landscape art with Zecora!
zebrapoe Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
full zen :meditation:
Rhyming-Zecora Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Zecora looks out and remembers where she used to roam,

in lands far away from this one she calls home.

Your work is beautiful and the tree makes it complete,

It's one of the best, perhaps even one of the elite!
KonwhaldAndDrowette Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
reminds me a lot about the work of "moe", a famous MLP artist.
Can i too, ask which program you use ? =]

You're talented, this is good
aJVL Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Oh yes, I've seen MOE's work before. I like this landscape paintings.
Photoshop and SAI.

I've still a lot to go.
KonwhaldAndDrowette Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Thank you !
Me too. But becoming better and better is not (imo) the most important, so personnaly i don't worry about it
PnFink Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What program do you use to create the picturesque, stunning, mindblowing art you create? I would love to know.
Pitruz Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012
Good God, please teach us.

Your arts are amazing! Lovely colours, beautyfull backgrounds, so I can feel this "air" just looking on this picture. Every one makes me feel like "How do you do so glorious stuff dude...? ;_;".

But... Well, if I want to be truthfully I must say that only thing which I don't like on this picture is, better: are the rings on Zecoras left leg. Looks like it is the part of her boby instead the rings.

Anyway, Everytime when I see your artwork here (not only yours, not only arts) I'm sure that this fandom is last thing which will be abandoned by me. Over.

Well... Maybe my faith and country, but MLP Fandom is on 3-rd place :3.

Brohoof from Poland /)
PnFink Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What digital art program do you use to create such picturesque artwork of yours?
lzsmith88 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2012
i like it a lot! the color is wonderful, those waterfalls are stunning, and the lil zebra is cute! great work
SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fablious darling
Arcolm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2012
Great as alwase. But personal props for putting up zecora my fav MLP character. YAAAAAAAAAAAY~!
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