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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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:iconbrendavid:
Brendavid Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Digital Artist
oh HEY! I've stumbled across this before. Small world eh? Good job!
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! Glad you liked it!
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:iconcrimson-dragon-king:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice, it must feel great after doing hard work! :icondragongrin:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah after a hard days work just being able to hit the showers is great. Just let the troubles of the day wash away.
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:iconcrimson-dragon-king:
Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree! :icondragonnodplz:
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:iconagenttasmania:
AgentTasmania Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Some amazing detail.
Tiny things like the bite padding on the pull chain.
Hell, even the presence of characteristic muscle without hyperism.
I love everything here.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I am very happy that people have enjoyed the numerous little details that are scattered throughout this image. Thanks for the feedback and the watch.
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:iconagenttasmania:
AgentTasmania Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015
Little details are the soul of any graphical art.
This has the golden combo of broad excellence and loving details.
There are flaws - slightly off-shape hind legs and no barrel belly, mainly - but the detail elsewhere forgive such things
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:iconrandom1289:
random1289 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
finally an MLP fan art that doesn't make the ponies look like humans with pony heads
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Nope she's a pony.
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:iconsynapsid1138:
synapsid1138 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
This is excellent work.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you and thanks for the watch to!
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synapsid1138 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015
You're very welcome!  Keep up the great work.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Will do.
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:iconmisterjones4899:
MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Striking !!

What breed is she?
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Well her color looks something like a variant of Palomino but that is about as much as I can provide. 
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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Thank you for answering.  I don't know that much about equine breeds, but to me, she looks more like a lean & tall horse than a short & plump pony.

It's always good to hear directly from the artist on their references.

fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/i/201…

:icontwilightclapplz:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
The adult ponies in my dreamscape generally are quite a leggy than are in the show. Only the foals are still somewhat squat, of course that is the very opposite of how real foals are but it my subconscious seems to agree with the show style.
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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014
Your subconcious interpretation looks great.


Plus, I've been reading through the other comments and discovered this is Traditional.

Bonus points awarded for working without a ctrl-z safety net !
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
While I do digital art now and then, I developed my skills decades before digital became viable alternative so for me tackling such projects as this with just colored pencil doesn't seem quite so daunting.
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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014
Sounds like you are a fossil experienced in life, just like me.

The only difference being that you've done more with your life...
:icontwilightawkwardplz:


My first computer...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TRS-80_C…

In my defense, mine was the CoCo II, and I upgraded it to 64k ram.

'cause dat's how I roll...
:iconrainbowdashnodplz:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Sounds like you are a fossil experienced in life, just like me.

I prefer the term Gray Stallion. Wink/Razz



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:iconashoof:
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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:iconbaron-engel:
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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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it.
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:iconsiansaar:
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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:iconsiansaar:
Siansaar Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
do i ever! hot damn!
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:iconbaron-engel:
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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:iconcrisperthecat:
CrisperTheCat Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that is what you call realistic
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks, it was a fun challenge to do.
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FiretrontheHedgehog Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: I wish I can ask you to do something really cool...as cool as this, but you take comms and not suggestions.  Ehh, this'll work. =3
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TheSpectral-Wolf Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are no words that could describe how amazing this is! The colours and everything, I just... I can't stop staring at it.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you like it. :) (Smile) Request-free pony Applejack icon 
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maddog12364 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
awkward
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:iconjoakaha:
Joakaha Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! ^^
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
Wow, this looks so awesome!  Love your color art!  Keep up the awesome art!  :+fav:
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Love your color art!  Keep up the awesome art!  +fav

Thanks, if I had my way I'd do a lot more of it than I am right now. But things seem to be improve some so who knows what the future holds.
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WoodEyes Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
AppleJack in the shower ; ) ^3^
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JourneymanIC Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
First, I want to say that I'm happy that life is returning to some sort of equilibrium for you, Mr. Engel.  I can't pretend to understand the troubles you've experienced recently. Which is why I usually don't post comments like these as I them as hallow handouts that are too easily given to mean anything. That is the cynic in me speaking, and I hope you'll forgive him. As such, I do promise that I will secure a commission from you in the near future as the least I can do and direct all the friends I've made in this fandom—of which there aren't many, but it is growing—towards your galleries.

As for this piece, it can't help but remind me of all the reasons I picture your style of ponies as plan out and  write stories. Your blend of anatomy and stylization, I believe that is the correct word, is perfect. The uncanny valley is a horrifying place, but at least for me, you hit close to the apogee of the curve. Outstanding!

One tiny criticism, I think AJ's tail might have a little too much structure throughout. Of course, it might look silly that way, but the realistic, detail-oriented part of my mind just wouldn't let it go. Regardless, absolutely wonderful work!

May your days be pleasant, and your well of inspiration never run dry,

—Al
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014   Traditional Artist
This is one of those situations where I don't know if I would be watching this or not. 
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
It is one of the interesting facets of pony society. Since they don't have any nudity taboos the concept of public bathing does not have many of the stigmas associated with it in Western, especially North American, culture. In fact communal bathing is not as uncommon since it does make scrubbing the back easier.
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Connan-Bell Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014   Traditional Artist
I usually skip that part altogether. ... probably didn't need to mention that....
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'll just wait outside 'til your done.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Good to see a colored work from you. Wait! Pencils?!? My gosh this is great! I like the idea of a real "shower" for the realistic equine Applejack. Of course, she must be used to the cold water.

Wonderful work. Love the way you draw them.
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:iconbaron-engel:
Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Good to see a colored work from you. Wait! Pencils?!? My gosh this is great!

Yeah, colored pencil is a medium that has always been very adaptable and enjoyable for me to work in.
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cajobif Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
You have to understand that most pony fanarts I've seen are digital coloured. So it's rare to see traditional media works like you did looking this good. I respect a bit more the artists who use real pencils instead of a virtual pencil to do so. Not only because you can't erase the mistake by pushing CTRL+Z and have to correct it in some way, but it's a lot more work and in the final it has more warmth. Okay, maybe I exaggerated about the fact that you don't do much coloured works, but when you do it looks great.

Heh, I put probably put you in my watches because I love the way you draw the ponies, but your others works are great too. Keep up the good work.
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TheHeIIion Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
A stunning rendition of best pony.
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