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Path to Canterlot by aJVL Path to Canterlot by aJVL
~walk

Wow...finally caught a break and managed to whip this up. Was trying out some sort of "entertainment" lighting scheme, meaning the lighting on certain object are deliberate to capture attention. Still got to keep on practising values and lighting.

More to come!

Just a quick question for you guys.
What are the Brightness and Contrast setting of your monitor, or your laptop screen?
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Vision- I REALLY like it when someone draws an epic and grandiose setting like this, and I think it needs to happen more often. Love that the mountains in the back are slightly blurre and obscured by the clouds and the distance.

Originality- I don't usually browse a lot of art ain't because I don't have all the time I need) but big and scenic images DO attract my attention. A lot And not a lot artists do this enough.

Technique- From what I know of art, you've done a lot of stuff here that is nice. Celestia is standing symbolically in the sun, Canterlot is standing tall in the distance and is also bathed in sunlight Good use of shadow and light. It doesn't feel like any of that adding is too dark or too light To me, though, it does appear that there is a... Beam of sunlight coming down from the top-right corner of the image? It seems To stand out a tad too much.

Impact- I've said this twice already, but I love this type of piece. It makes me curious, wondering what Celestia is think, and doing. Is this before Nightmare Moon? After? I like how it is difficult to place the time period.
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Nothing much to say - One of best artworks I've ever seen. Even though if I've seen much of this kind of art, this one is just better than others. You can easily see how much work the author put into this picture. The only noticeable drawback is the lack of depth in the image, although in the background you can see the great, vast mountains, everything seems to me to be too flat. Anyway, view of Celestia staring at Canterlot, and a beautiful sky, and a wonderful picture of the valley in front of her, caused by a very positive emotions, for which I price this work very highly.
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persiancat111 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
amazing painting :)
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:iconpopkool:
popkool Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
WOW!! CRAAAZY GREAT!!! (I've seen this on FiMFiction)
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013
Incredible! 
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:iconleighamgooch:
leighamgooch Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
is that twilits head
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:iconsoulymans-real-self:
Soulymans-real-self Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
umm... holy mother of Celestia.
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Darentez Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful... Bob Ross would be proud... A truly masterpiece... 
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stormhawklovers1 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Artist
cool
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minimal138 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OHMYGOD, magnificent drawing! :love:
I set it as desktop wallpaper :heart:

Don't you mind if I'll take a segment of it to use as a background to my art? There will not be ponies, actually.
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:iconsparkbrony:
SparkBrony Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
Amazing! I really love pictures like this that have somepony staring out over a beautiful landscape. ^_^
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Maaronn Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
The background is really great!
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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LunaoftheCrescent Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013
not even going to give critique. this is too good, and there is nothing bad that I can see in this work of art. good job!
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:iconmissip:
MissIp Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013
fantastic
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:iconviking-hooves:
Viking-Hooves Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Student General Artist
... ITS BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE YOU!
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TheDemonOfSloth Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I really love Tias mane! The background is simply amazing! Nice artwork pal!
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
They used this on FimFiction as a background! Cool! I hope you know though because they could have a lawsuit on their hooves!
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RockinT765 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think that they used this on FimFiction as a background! Cool! Hopefully you know or they could have a lawsuit on their hooves!
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GLethargy Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Brain: Yes... let the jealousy flow through you.
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Ephemurai Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
cannot describe the awesomeness here, i mean, it's just too dang awesome!
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Freefox Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013
Love this painting
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Crystal-Secret Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Are you referring to Wacom's Cintque being huge butts and not showing the correct color hues?
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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
Nah, I don't have a Cintiq. Haha, those are expensive! ><

I was actually referring to my desktop monitor.
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Palkiajack Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
This. Is. Beautiful!
One of the best MLP artwork peices I have ever seen.
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KateDaniel2131 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
XD FiMFiction likes this.
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MudSlinger077 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
far over Misty mounatins cold....
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CocoaNutCakery Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
This is absolutely amazing.

And, to answer your question: The brightness and contrast settings are set on full. I turn down the brightness if I've played Everquest, though.
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silverxblazefan Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
its stunning good work
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice background!
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:iconarcolm:
Arcolm Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Every piece of art you make. Just wow....
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CrowleysPyramid Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012
Wow. Just... wow. :iconpinkiepiegaspplz:

Celestia looks so soft and serene, especially juxtaposed with the harsh and jagged landscape.
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ausitn3 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Looks nice.
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babyshawn2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
AERON Y U SHO GUD
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25Carrot Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
I love the angle you chose. It looks like we're seeing Canterlot from behind, like the palace and the city are obscured from this side of the landscape. It makes Celestia feel very alone.

The fang-like projections of rock are a great touch. I like the little reminders that, as much wonder and magic it possesses, this world is a very dangerous place.
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fearyzy Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WOOW! amazing work! you did very beautyful pic! ! ! (sorry for bad english)
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CmdrNIX Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's a pretty far away view of Canterlot from where Celestia is standing.
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GnomeChompskiMLP Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Why can't I draw like think? :l
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aJVL Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Well, I wouldn't say mine is the top notch one because I do know that there are a whole lot of artists out there in this fandom whom have done art a whole lot longer than me. And they are really good at it.

My advice to you is practice, read through art book on fundamentals, and let your creativity do the job! :D
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Brother-Malachai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
Aw, you give yourself too little credit, like Twiley. XS
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:icongnomechompskimlp:
GnomeChompskiMLP Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I typed think instead of this...... My frenchiness is haunting me!
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Legendary-Youtube Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Thanks for the inspiration!

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:iconajvl:
aJVL Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
My god! That's a neat story!
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Legendary-Youtube Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
If it is alright with you i have a few more ideas for some other of your work to soundtrack. Got some ideas i want to get out. Glad you liked it.
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opus-13 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
Lovely background! All the brush strokes are a nice touch too.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
when i saw this 2 nights ago it actually influenced my dream and at the end of this very long and dangerous trek that was kinda like on cliff side was some kind of an opening to go over behind what i was traveling on a ways back till there was a good side of hill like what is depicted in this pic between where i was before and to where iwas now kind of standing in celestia's position having this very calm and safe looking valley of a path back to whatever starting point i came from that i wanted to get back to for whatever reason , it was very nice to experience this pic first hand like that lol.....
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aJVL Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Woah, I could influence your dream? Dayumm!
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:iconiamli3:
iamli3 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
almost everything does , but yes.....
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MisterTurtle Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Just wanna all through that pass with the smell of des and the cold air...
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MrFulp Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Come 'Ere my magnificent new wallpaper!!!!!
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GnomeChompskiMLP Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Come 'Ere Background pics folder, I got a new friend!
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yamauchi1889 Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012
me gusta.
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