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Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. by Rex42 Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. by Rex42
Well here it is. This took me very long to finish mainly because this is my first, I think, art without outlines/strokes. Not sure what this kind of style is called but I sure like it! :)

It was fun doing this, learned a LOT, and hey if you people like it too then maybe I will start using this kind of drawing and coloring technique more often, but fair warning though since this took me unbelievably long to finish I may be able to upload once a week instead on twice.

Anyway that is not important now. Hope you guys and girls like it, because I sure do xP

As always, credits to the awesome, amazing, fantastic and magnificent :iconvalkyrie-girl: for letting me color one of sketches [link]. Thank you! :D

Edit: small changes due to the fact that the mane may be blending too much with the NMM.

Edit 2: different colored shading for NMM as well as extra changes to the mane.
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Well, this is certainly a good piece. It has a lot of things going for it, and I'm certainly not about to disregard it as a silly little vector work, but for what it is, it doesn't have TOO much going for it in the light of other pieces I have seen. Not disregarding it, but you have the skills to take you much higher than this, and I know this will soon become the meanest and silliest work from you.

One of my main problems was from an aesthetic standpoint, Luna herself. Or himself, which is where the problem lies for me. her design is altogether too butch to be female, and the face was incredibly masculine. Feel free to disregard this, if in fact it was a gender-switch.

Next, and rather smaller problem would be how plain the background is. It is certainly quite nice, with incredible shading, division and color flow, and the theme is great, but other than that, what? Just plain white. I feel that there could be some more detail put in with little effort, or maybe it's not your thing, again, an aesthetic standpoint.

Well, all in all, I really liked this piece, you kept a nice consistent level of effort throughout and there aren't any jarring changes in theme. Somewhat lacking in minor details, but still nice to look at and I give it a 7.5 out of ten, and can't wait to see what's next.
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That was certainly a good sketch that you had the honor of coloring. I can see the effort put in as you mixed the purples, blues, and azures here. I would say that's the best part of your coloring as mixing in similar hues can really add more life than a perfectly monochromatic coloring job.

However, the best coloring job I have seen from a glance at your gallery isn't necessarily this piece here. I particularly liked your Luna v1. One thing that piece did very well was there's a healthy amount of contrast that makes everything easy to make out. In this piece, I don't know what your screen shows but my own screens do not seem to be really great at showing a difference between NMM and her magic poofy mane. Her face blends in and I can't make it out. I also don't feel that the choice of a white background is best as there is likely another color that can add more to this piece.

You also have to be wary of your shading as there are apparently three light sources causing the highlights. The armor also appears to have outlines despite the description saying that you didn't use any.

Sometimes when we color, its best to focus on value contrasts and not just color itself. Some coloring jobs I've done which I am most proud of had this sort of emphasis so everything is visible if you take all the color away and made it grayscale. We can probably find a dark color dark enough to be read as black but stand out from the mane or change the lighting to make NMM more visible... I think. Until then, it seems that the armor is the only thing visible, because it is colored so brightly and vividly in the middle of black colors.

So a thought of mine that I think you can put to use: control where you want your viewers to look at your works by using value, but also saturation and hue. With that possibility, you should have more control over how your works make an impact on people.

P.s. As for the more masculine look mentioned in another critique, I think its the way you cropped the sketch so our heads are imagining a figure more buff than what the original sketch looked like.
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EnteringTheNethery Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
:iconderpplz:I like fruit
Rex42 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Vegetables are not bad either :P
MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
She looks as if the entire U.S. army might not be enough to bring her down.

Rex42 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is an interesting thought :)
OCTAVIO-WOLF Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Rex42 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol thx!
BaryonSweep Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
This is intense!
Rex42 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thyevilgib Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
". . . For vengeance, it's taste is best savored . . ." great tittle by the way :D
Rex42 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Credits to Aristotle on that one xP
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