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'Where there is much light, the shadow is deep'

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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:icondoovid97:
Hey KP! Before I start, gotta say, love your stuff, I currently have 'See you Later' [link] set as my wallpaper, and I don't see it changing anytime soon!

Fan-mode aside, this is a really amazing and impacting piece that draws the viewer in even before they've seen past the thumbnail.

The main thing that I like about this picture is that it isn't exactly clear what is going on; when I first saw this picture (a couple of weeks ago), I was very much under the impression that Celestia was 'possessed' be Chrysalis and was making her transformation much like at the end of season 2. And since you marked it 'Season 3 spoiler', I assumed this was what was going to happen in the episode.

What I'm getting at is that it creates real mystery. You're seeing Celestia doing something that we've never see her do. If we assume that she was using her own magic (which she was), it comes as a surprise because we've never seen her really do anything other than a bit of levitation here and there. It really makes you look at it for ages trying to figure out what's going on.

I'm not that amazing of an artist so I don't usually critique artists of your calibre, but I can definitely see some things that don't seem right in the picture.

First off, I'll commend you on your good use of a consistent light-source (from where the viewer is) and adding shadows accordingly. I can see a few places where some shadows need to be added, for instance, her little bit of blue mane on the left; there should be a shadow on her jaw, her crown should make a shadow on her mane, and for a bit of advice, even things like smoke cast a light shadow. Doing this can make the smoke/magic dust seem more realistic and like it's actually there.

Second thing is that there is a surprising lack of reflected light on the subject (Celestia). Her green eye is obviously acting as it's own light source (indicated by the fact that it's glowing), but it doesn't seem like the light is hitting anything but the direct face around it. In reality, the dark space inside the mane should be lit green, and so should the edges of closer bits of mane. Where you've got white highlights, there should also be green reflections. Because that's all highlights are; reflected light from the light source. Reflected light is extremely important, because it can really be what makes your illustration 'pop' and seem more life-like. And I know that life-like is not what you're aiming for, but it can really emphasise your work.

I think I've covered everything that needs to be, and I hope I have been helpful. I really can't wait to see some new works and potential wallpapers from you again, KP!

Doovid.
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Critique by lordonyx13 Nov 12, 2012, 3:21:27 AM
now pardin my spelling but i love the shadow work on this how her main looks the light and shadow comeing off her eyes this is in amaysing peace of work and i must say i have never seen anything like this and the hole consept of it is amaysing the feeling the emoshon is just wow iv seen alot of thees dark celestia picters today but this one is vairy fantastic and i wonder what program you used to make this if thair evin whas one i think that i would like to see more of your art in the time you are on da.


Onyx.R.Dombrowski~
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MetamorphiaMlp Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  New member Student Writer
Dr.Wolf's dramatic reading brought me here. I wanted to see the pic without the title in the way. Looks pretty!
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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Flynn-Coyote Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to admit this scene was the first time I found Celestia's character remotely interesting.

And you've captured it perfectly.
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Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just watched the speed paint for this.... awesome work!
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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:iconjaimeelee123:
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem... do you do art trades?? Also do you think you could tell me how to make a speed paint?
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm sorry, but I don't do art trades.


What exactly would you like to know?
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:iconjaimeelee123:
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How to get one going so I can make my own. And if you can do it on any Photoshop program since I have Photoshop 7
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Photoshop 7 should work.

There are many digital painting tutorials available here on deviantArt that may help you.
There are also some painting videos on my youtube channel that show the painting process.
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Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok cool thanks for that... Hopefully I can find something to help.
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KarmaPony1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Metal-sonic-1 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
aaahhh UGLY CURSE YOU! :o (Eek) I think I've fainted. Waaaah! :| (Blank Stare) 
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Kittyskittles Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
This is so cool!
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:iconlexieloveswolves:
lexieloveswolves Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Artist
your drawings are so incredible!!! and keep doing it!
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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:iconlexieloveswolves:
lexieloveswolves Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Student Artist
when i said keep doing it i mean keep doing what you love!
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payaso323 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
This is amazing.
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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Jlun2 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
The pony who hijacked Celestia was promptly banned and anypony that had contact with said hijacker were given a warning along with a 3 day rollback of their memories.
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flutterbrony16 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome :squee:
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TigerEyes1998 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
that is really awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!![link]
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Sheat101 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
Woah.

Scary shenanigans ensue.
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amyxsonic01 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Student Artist
im a big fan of mlp good job check out my new drawing its caled grandpa plz
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DesertFoxZalem5 Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is really amazing art

nice job :3
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Qydra Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"Now, Twilight, I'm going to give you a test, and if you pass, you get to move on to the next level of your studies (mwahahaha...). Here, you'll need to know this dark magic spell to pass the test. All you have to do is channel your anger and hate, like this! ...Yes, good, my young apprentice! Let the darkness flow through your heart!"
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Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
this one looks amaaazing
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:meow:
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ellincrain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My German teacher loves Goethe. She also has the same birthday as him.
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:iconlordcronthus:
LordCronthus Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
She looks intimidating, especially the eyes. :sprint:
And still she's beautiful! :slow:
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serpion5 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This is absolutely amazing... You use the light and dark excellently. :D
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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Rainico Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
Neither one couldn't live without the other.
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kbbunny4 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
i saw this on the rhode island bronies page. im part of it
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Jasco211 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012
Just amazing :D I mad an account just to tell you how much I love your art style! >.<
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:iconkp-shadowsquirrel:
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you very much - I'm happy to hear that you like my artwork :3
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PrincessLuna1313 Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
omg its the crystel emper sceen
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Komatsuzaki-Xingqi Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY FREAKING AWESOME BANANA CHILDREN.
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Darrin-S Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow...really amazing
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks :3
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SapphireLibra3 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Am I the only one slightly unnerved by the fact it was never explained how Celestia was able to do that?
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ThatWittyObserver Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
She is quite powerful. Knowing how to use shadow/dark/evil (etc.) magic seems like a nice little trump card if everything hits the proverbial fan. I'm honestly not surprised that she can do that.
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WorgenAlliance Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
... You have just become my favorite person in the world for the rest of the day. Love this SO MUCH. That dark side of Celestia we saw in the episode really gave me the chills and this picture brings that feeling right back without any hesitation. It is going in my faves and probably on my desktop as the wallpaper. ^.^ Also, gonna link this in my brony discussion group.
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KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much - I'm happy that you like this picture :)
Yes, that scene with Celestia was unexpected and impressive :D
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Mythian Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Brilliant quote choice for this.
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Doctoroctagonapus21 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
there's a "why" question here that needs to be answered.
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d715 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
why not
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Doctoroctagonapus21 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Good guys don't dabble in the dark arts without a legit reason.
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d715 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
very well

since Luna became evil due to "evil magic" Celestia after banishing Nightmare started to learn dark magic to better prevent that form happening again
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