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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 (www.singaporetgcc.com/). 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: www.sheppard-arts.com/_img/por…
WhiteDiamondsLTD: whitediamondsltd.deviantart.co…

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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I am unable to turn my back on this superb drawing which features my best pony.

The whole texture reminds me of those ancient paintings from the past, each one was worth a fortune. The style used on this one is perfect to say the least, Octavia has a serious look on her melodious face which only makes me love her more.

The provided clothes hint a fancy choice, the colour of her robe matches the one of her divine eyes. The background suggests this was done in a private room of her mansion, Miss Melody is a beautiful lady with a nice taste in all ways after all.

I have no words to fully state how amazing this drawing is, great job my fine sir!
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L-MASTER Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Beautiful :D
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Tifa22 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, this looks great :)
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Octavia looks reeeaaally beautiful!!! :omfg: :omfg: :omfg:
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fineleyconc Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
hnnhmnhg. T-This is so awesome I cried. 
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:iconjosd:
JosD Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
she looks like a princess
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:iconcajobif:
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013
Woah.

That's good. Awesome work
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:iconjlun2:
Jlun2 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
It sure feels great to have billions of bits at your disposal, doesn't it?
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Gabysosa Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow!  This is so beautiful Clap 
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AdaWait Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013
Octavia in a Rarity dress. Perfect 
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chimcharmonkey13 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Just so... Amazing!!!
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Digoraccoon Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely detail on the dress :)
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:iconcyanaeolin:
CyanAeolin Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Amazing Octavia, so beautiful
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tclego Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice!
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:iconcenturah:
Centurah Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very lovely!
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elgregorPL Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
She looks a bit translucent... too bright darks? That makes a picture look weird at first, but when you get used to it, it adds an unique feel to it.
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Bioshock140 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Well she looks beautiful.
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:iconkyoshyu:
Kyoshyu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Gorgeous. :meow:
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nintyuk Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
This Picture just paints a scene in my head,
Octavia: "Come to bed my dear, You can worry about your brothers boorish actions in the morning light. Your pacing back and forth is starting to bore a great discomfort in the back of my skull."
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Ooo saucy. 

Pray tell, will the art book be available for those of us who don't feel like booking an international flight. 
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aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
I'm not sure if you can order online. I would have to ask them during the event. 
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someguy987 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
It would be great if you could. 
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OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013

:iconlunadoubledfunplz::iconsaysplz: :clap: WOW EXCELLENT AWESOME FABULOUS CUTE PRETTY AND BEAUTIFUL WORK AND BIG BIG ARTIST  :3

:iconoctaviaplz: tavi is the best pony is very cute very  beautifull is very awesome ever and forever!!! :iconoctaviaplz:

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xiestman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hopefully I would be able to come down.
Are you going?
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Yep!
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xiestman Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What booth will they be selling that art book?
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Unfortunately, I don't have the details as well. I'm going have to find it myself during the event too :(
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xiestman Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's okay. Thank you for the info anyway. :)
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QuirkyWallace Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What can I say about this piece that I *don't* love? Nothing. Everything is beautiful. The background's decor, her hairstyle, eyes, and not to mention dress. Even the cello and the music sheets really add up to the fine atmosphere of this. Another good work. :D
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TheT-Rex Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Wow aeron you never fail to impress...
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Mckayr12 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
small thing, i know its picky but all cello scores are written in the base clef. no matter what, that piece is impossible for her to play.
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aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Yea, they are just minor details. Didn't think anyone would notice. ><
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Mckayr12 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh, and that's a really nice piece, everything looks set beautifully, from the slightly rough curtains to the unique hair style. from the lighting to the layout to the color pallet, its a nice set up for a profile. Nothing to critique. This piece looks sound and well thought out. I admire your work.
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temporos Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Octy is way more refined and sophisticated than Rarity. And she knows jujutsu! :XD:
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celestiawept Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
bravissimo
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MuslimGoku Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
I don't know a word to describe this other than "lovely". 
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master1067 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome, this is really awesome :D
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StillFire Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's just lovely.
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Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll just sit over here and burn all these pictures I thought looked good.
Wow I just love your style of artwork. The colors and scenery give the whole piece a sort of Renaissance look.
I just can't get over those colors. :wow:


here's a quick question if your willing to answer, how do you make your edges so smooth? Mine usually come out all jagged and I can't figure out the right way to do it 
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013
Get a smooth brush? 

You can try working on a larger resolution (>1500px).
 It works for me. 
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:iconardail:
Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hmmm is there a good default brush or did you download yours?

And I think increasing resolution has helped, thanks! (although my laptop doesn't like me for it xD)
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aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
There's no "good" default brush. You have to experiment and play with the settings until you are comfortable with it. 

I download some custom brushes on dA. You can find them fairly easy (Just search for brushes and you will get tons of result :D)
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Ardail Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I did have a great brush I got from
:iconsandara:'s page, works great as a hard line almost caulk brush, but I guess I'll just have to hunt for some more. 

For now I guess I'm just sticking with making the brush on low opacity for blending.

Thanks for replying to this! I bet you get spammed by tons of comments :)
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aJVL Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
Haha, I try my best to answer most of my comments. If I don't, it doesn't mean I'm ignoring them though. 

Anyhow, PS's default brushes are more than enough to get you started with painting. 
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Geegens Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Wow, I just really love this.
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Dreishzu Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
Really beautiful ~
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SeeNotC Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
It looks like real paint, which is pretty cool.
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Neko-me Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most amazing! The composition, color, everything. Well done! :D
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Atomic-Nucleus Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is so fucking beautiful *w* :heart:
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