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August 17, 2013
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A piece I have done for a MLP:FiM artbook that will be sold at this year's Singapore Toys and Games Comic Convention ( The theme for the book is Rarity's dress, which I was to imagine how would Rarity design a dress for a pony I intend to draw. I decided to picked Octavia since, one, the Mane6 had already been chosen by other artists, and two, I find her poised, high-class manner to be intriguing.

Also, I've never done an indoor-ish/dress kind of concept, so I needed some references.
Cynthia Sheppard:…

Anyhow, if you're in Singapore from 31 August to 1 September, do come down and grab yourself a physical copy of the artbook.
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As per ususal, your lighting/shadows are utterly awe inspiring. This piece is particularly striking because of its much more subtle, refined feel. The way the colors are laid out naturally draw the eye towards Octavia, even without taking the excellently judicious use of shadow and light into consideration. Your technique is unmatched.

The lowest category (and by lowest I mean "better than everyone else but not better than certain other portions of this painting") would have to be Vision. Octavia's dress is certainly pretty, but it feels somewhat Santa Claus-ish. This is more a matter of personal taste than anything else, and I would encourage you to not take this much into consideration.

Your Originality is great, since I haven't really seen anything like this come out of the brony community before, but it is true that there are numerous similar paintings (style and composition wise) outside of the MLP fandom. 4.5.

The last thing I have to say about this painting is that while it is an incredible mood piece, and would fit excellently in almost any environment, it doesn't have a high degree of eye-catchiness. However, this is a good thing. It's lack of gaudiness is what allows it to be so sophisticated and beautiful, so 4.5 for Impact also.
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Tifa22 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks great :)
MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Octavia looks reeeaaally beautiful!!! :omfg: :omfg: :omfg:
fineleyconc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
hnnhmnhg. T-This is so awesome I cried. 
JosD Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
she looks like a princess
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013

That's good. Awesome work
Jlun2 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
It sure feels great to have billions of bits at your disposal, doesn't it?
Gabysosa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow!  This is so beautiful Clap 
AdaWait Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Octavia in a Rarity dress. Perfect 
chimcharmonkey13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Just so... Amazing!!!
Digoraccoon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely detail on the dress :)
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