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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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MisterJones4899 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014
Striking !!

What breed is she?
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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…

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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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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...
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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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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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