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Shadow Magic by KP-ShadowSquirrel Shadow Magic by KP-ShadowSquirrel
'Where there is much light, the shadow is deep'

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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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!

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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.

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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.
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just watched the speed paint for this.... awesome work!
KP-ShadowSquirrel Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :3
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?
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?
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
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.
Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok cool thanks for that... Hopefully I can find something to help.
KarmaPony1 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OMG AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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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