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Arcadia by SpyroConspirator Arcadia by SpyroConspirator
A commission for the very kind :icondoomande:
It's based off of another Fallout: Equestria story, Trigger to Tomorrow, which can be read here: [link]
This was a fun piece to play with. I tried using some different brushes and I drew snow for the first time. Snow's a little tricky, because I don't actually live where it snows. Where I live, there are events in the winter where a bunch of shaved ice is dumped into a box, and children wait for--literally--hours for the chance to play in it. Except it all melts, and they try to refreeze it, and at that point it's no longer shaved ice, it's just regular ice. =(
IT'S JUST REGULAR ICE!
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:iconbluecello19:
Bluecello19 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
I think your art work is amazing! Each color works perfectly to blend into each other only to bring out the more emotional value of what the picture is meant to show. I am a brony as well and a first time author but i can't do anything artistic except photography. i am looking for an artist to help with the art work for at lest one of my two stories i have and am working on. Is there any chance I could ask you for help on the matter? please reply when possible.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the kind words!  I'm not taking commissions/requests right now, unfortunately.  I intend to reopen them sometime in the future, but I don't know when that will be, so I wouldn't hold out for them or anything like that.
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:iconbluecello19:
Bluecello19 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015
Kay and your welcome
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xelianthought Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Great pic! 
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:iconspyroconspirator:
SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks =)
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:iconobsidian-of-borg:
Obsidian-of-Borg Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Wow. You do FOE really good. If I ever decide to write a side story, I'll have to hit you up.
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:icondoomande:
doomande Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Dude this picture are on Equestira Daily! [link] picture number 34
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=D I know, I love it when that happens! They usually don't post my stuff. ...Even when they say they will. <_<
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zsxd Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
We don't even get shaved ice where I grew up. We get black ice. 2 concussions and one smashed mailbox later, and I hated winter. Only gets cold enough to make you miserable and the roads become death traps. My hands turn white whenever it got to 45-with gloves! People hoarded bread and milk for WEEKS at the first hint of ice. We never had snow men- we put the mud that formed into balls before they froze. They were mud men. MUD MEN!!!
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:iconspw6:
spw6 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
This is awesome! I may commish you in the future :P
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:icongodofirony:
GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't tell anyone I told you this, but you are best artist on G.I.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gee... the best? You think so? I dunno... There are a lot of good artists in the group.
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GodOfIrony Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, the best. Deal with it.
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:iconmsvman:
Msvman Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Cool and adorable! Also the dress looks a little like sexy sleepwear xD any way fine job!
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:iconspyroconspirator:
SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh no... XD I spent waayy too much time playing Fallout 3 trying to talk to as many people as I could while wearing the 'sexy sleepwear.' It puts raiding a den of deathwings into a whole new context!
And thank you. =)
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DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How cute!
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:icondarthwill3:
DarthWill3 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No prob!
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EtherealDragon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The art style is gorgeous! And the colors very well chosen! Love it! :D
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're too kind! I'm really glad you approve of the colors. I've been really trying to push myself to learn color theory and how to implement it. I'm nowhere near where I want to be yet, but this is where I was about a year ago: [link] (>//<), so at least I know I'm making progress!
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EtherealDragon Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Heh, you're definitely making huge progress. ;)
I can't wait to see more from you :D
Also the facial expression is great!
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joeyh3 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the style you drew this in - it looks very amazing!
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Would you believe that the original iteration of this style was completely black and white? I've just been adding little stylistic elements and knocking some off for a few months until it got to this point. I'm quite happy with the direction it's going, and I can't wait to experiment more with using different brushes to add texture like I started doing in this piece. =)
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:iconthatguyvex:
thatguyvex Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Hiya, just thought I'd drop in say how much I love the job you did on this! She looks great!
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi, thanks for commenting! I'm glad you like how it came out. She was great fun to draw.
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:iconak399:
ak399 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Pretty Siberian Trixie!
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lol, yeah, I can see that.
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DrSomepony Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist
You did a fine job, just wonderfull :)
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you kindly! ^^
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Umm is she wearing a nightgown or something? It looks like she'd be very cold.
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:icondoomande:
doomande Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Take a closer look at her dress and you are going to see that there is more than meets the eye
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:iconparastarsarasva:
ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
So you are telling me that the dress contains hexagonal heating loops or tiles? I'm guessing powered by a gem.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's a dress, it's not intended to warm her. It does look like she'd be very cold... I don't know how much ponies are affected by cold, but I'd bet she wishes that dress were a coat right now. I guess post-apocalyptic scenarios aren't ALL good...
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ParastarSarasva Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012
Even if the dress has heating equipment in it, all four of her legs, her shoulders, her hips, her rump, her neck, and head would still be very cold. An now I'm curious as to what spell she is performing.
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
cute scene and feeling here. nice colors.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=) Thanks. I generally can't manage to pull off 'cute,' and I had a lot fun trying to figure out where to stick color here (since it's snow, nuclear-winter sky, and stone).
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
it came out quite nicely with what you did.
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WillyGalleta Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Those textures look fantastic. Good job.
I would like it better if it had more depth on the background, though.
Those colour gradients are impressive too.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the feedback. When you say add more depth... do you think that desaturating and lowering the contrast on the hill further from the viewer would help achieve that effect? (something like this maybe? [link]) I don't have much experience with depth, I'm afraid, especially in landscapes.
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WillyGalleta Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
No. I meant the lineart. You have put mounds of snow that block the far view.
If I had made it, I'd have reserved some area of the picture for some far trees and mountains. Or at least given it more blank space.
Or maybe I would have gone the opposite way and made it more packed and tight, so the snow walls and trees covered all around Trixie, making her clearing more like a spotlight.
As I see it, the picture is too homogeneous in the background and doesn't focus the attention of the viewer, but maybe that's what you were going for, so I don't know. Take it as opinion, not advice.
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh, I see what you mean. Yeah, I probably should have lowered the placement of the far mountain and put a few trees on it...
Thank you for the input, I really appreciate it.
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doomande Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Where do I know that picture from... Ohh it is right, that are my new background.

And I say it again, when I commissioned this picture did I never think that it would be this good
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
=) Thanks, I'm really glad you like it.
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Rayne-UmbrellaCorps Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow... such amazing work! Nicely done!!
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SpyroConspirator Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Rayne-UmbrellaCorps Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your very welcome!
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