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Cooling off final color by Baron-Engel Cooling off final color by Baron-Engel
To all my loyal watchers I am starting to get back into the routine of posting and resuming my client commissions. I will be returning to my Equestria dreamscape soon but I thought it might be wise to first show an example of what I am doing for my paying customers recently.

This was a commission I did recently for :iconbenherrin: and it was inspired by an earlier B/W sketch I did. link

I'm rather happy with the piece since it is almost entirely colored pencil. The only exceptions being the water which was done in gouache. The water was the part I spent the most time chewing over in my mind since I had no direct photo reference to work from. Instead I cobbled a collection of reference images that had "some" element that were kind of close to what would be in the picture, and then I fudged it until it worked. Same for the barn interior, which gave lots of practice in rendering woodgrain in some kind of timely fashion.

I'm also pleased with how AJ came out in this. In fact this image is about as close as I've gotten to portraying what things look like in my Equestria dreamscape. Especially AJ's muscular build, she's one solid earth pony!

Artistically this piece was heavy inspired by Gustave Caillebotte's 1875 painting 'The Floor Scrapers'. link

Image size is roughly 16" x 15" and is done in my usual colored pencil, gouache and tiny bit of marker and technical pen. The working surface is vellum finish Bristol Board.
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Ashoof Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014
ive always ben a fan of a more realistic approach to MLP art and this is no exception. 100% excellence. 
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I was rather happy with how this finally came out. I had to rethink some of the lighting early on in the creation process, but in the end it came together quite nice.
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iamli3 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
so realistic but so pony at the same time :o ....
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
whoa
whoa
whoa
holy...!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
You like, yes?
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Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
do i ever! hot damn!
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks that means lot since I've enjoyed your work a lot.
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CrisperTheCat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is what you call realistic
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was a fun challenge to do.
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