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EqD ATG II - Day 14 - Ponies Travelling by muffinshire EqD ATG II - Day 14 - Ponies Travelling by muffinshire
My entry for day 14 of Equestria Daily's Artist Training Grounds. The brief was "draw a travelling pony".

I decided to get quite experimental with today's piece, attempting to emulate the look of medieval woodcut prints to produce a book-style illustration of the founders of Equestria, as depicted in Hearth's Warming Eve, leading their tribes to their new home. If you're not familiar with woodcut, the technique dates back centuries and involves cutting into a flat wooden block, leaving the original surface intact only where you wish ink to be transferred to the page. To achieve this look digitally, I turned my drawing technique around completely, starting with a black layer and gradually "carving" it with the eraser tool to produce the white areas (the parchment effect was applied at the very end). Ragged and rough edges were left as-is to make it look more authentic. This "subtractive" approach to drawing was a real challenge to get my head around at first, but once I settled into the right mindset it proved surprisingly easy to build up the shapes. I would like to have finished this off by making it look like an illustration on the page of an old book by adding some lines of text and an illuminated letter, but I ran out of time.
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SrMachete Featured By Owner May 8, 2013
Very neat, it has a Vincent Van Gogh vibe.
ceraperduta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
"Thoughts fly away in the mushroom field
Randomly telling us what's revealed
Filling my pockets cause they worth a meal
And the kingdom's over them hills..."

I have no idea why I thought of that damn song...
fox914 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this technique. Woodcut prints are great :D
wolfstorm56 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
This style is lovely.
plaidsandstripes Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I see you have a no-derivative license - so you can just ignore me, but I thought it might not hurt to ask... Would you allow permission to share and print this for a just-for-fun coloring page?

Looks great, by the way; very different. I like that Pinkie is jumping, back like in the earlier episodes where she seemed to jump instead of walk everywhere (is that just my imagination that it went away over time?). However: How *Ever* did you get Rarity to pull a cart? ; )
muffinshire Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that's fine. In fact, I've tweaked the license - I'm not going to get precious over stuff like this.

I knew I had to have Pinkie/Puddinghead hopping - it seems to be the abiding image I have of the character! As for Rarity/Platinum, I wanted all the leaders to be carrying bags and such for the sense that it's a migration, and to illustrate the shift in their attitudes towards one another I thought to have Princess Platinum, who refused to do any hard work in the play's story, pulling her weight now (literally and figuratively).
plaidsandstripes Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
Ah... that makes sense. Especially since they are all pictured together, happily. Very nice touch. And thank you for letting me have coloring fun!
Kardien Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Student Writer
You're explanation is very interesting. You said you made layer and curve it as like real wooden plate. It seems like good idea. You success to make wooden curving style picture. That's good. As a Brony. It's good to know one of fandom's artist mange quality work and style.
GuephRen Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a great piece, it really does look like woodcut! The swirly line in the sky are great though their faces look good too.
Stellarina Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
How wonderful and unique!
EnigmaticThief Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very nice work! I had fun a while back with "subtractive" art using charcoal and a kneaded eraser, though it looks like you produced many more light areas, making the piece look natural rather than something akin to a photo negative. The figures look great and the swirling patterns in the sky are intriguing.
muffinshire Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I've done pieces like that myself, but it suits images you want to be predominantly dark and very high contrast. When you look at medieval woodcuts and the like, they often have large areas of white where a lot of the wood has been carved away, and that was the look I was going for.
Explonova Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
At first glance I was convinced it was a woodcut or lino cut work. Very Nice!
Cazra Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The woodcut style matches the theme really well. Nice work!
FatesHero Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
very intresting :)
OsakaOji Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012
pretty neat idea with the woodcut ^^ and well done
SorcerusHorserus Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm really digging the woodcut style. The ponies look great and I love the approach you took with their shadows as well as the sky.
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