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Alright, Let's Duel. by kankitsuru Alright, Let's Duel. by kankitsuru
THIS TOOK ME SO LONG. :O Holy Guacamole. Okay I just had to draw twlight vs. trixie. such badasses right?

I want to duel with a magic unicorn horn :(

hope you guys like and Merry Christmas to you all! :heart:

EDIT: Yes! I am aware that I gave them both wings, but only for the purpose that I REALLY wanted to illustrate a battle scene between them in the clouds. :heart: haha
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First, I like the use of color. The background is mostly monochromatic so Twilight really stands out. It's pretty much the thing that got me to vote favorably while this was in #Best-of-MLP-FiM's voting process. Composition is also something I see as something that is totally fine and good. For the execution of this idea, it was briefly mentioned during the voting process that Twilight doesn't appear to be looking at Trixie, which does kind of take away from the believability of this piece.

IMO, anatomy might be the weakest part of this piece, but everything else I have no particular issues with. You've mostly kept with FiM style anatomy which is primarily concerned with looking cute.

I notice you've added a brow ridge to Trixie's face. IMO, unless we add a brow ridge to exaggerate a pony's anger (and squinting their eyes as well, I think that's important), it's not the best direction for adding more realism to ponies. A brow ridge is not something that would look cute (cute stuff being more baby-like and brow ridges being more prominent in adults) nor was it done in a way that makes it look more like a convincing equine.

Trixie's nose is in the wrong perspective as her nose will have no trouble looking like a side-view nose. To be fair, it's a mistake that also appears even in FiM-style.

Trixie's tail also seems to be placed oddly so it doesn't appear to be an extention of the spine, which is what a tail is.

The wings also don't appear to have an actual anatomical structure. Even FiM-style pegasus wings are loosely based off of real wings via bending a bit like real wings and having layers of feathers.

As for the anatomy on Twilight, her feathers are shaded like they have volume, but last I remember, feathers don't have very much volume if at all because they are rather flat. Also be aware of the placement of the cutie mark as I remember them being placed explicitly to their side. Beware of her hair style as Twilight's mane is not a bowlcut shape. The animators cleverly designed her mane style to not look or feel like a boring bowlcut. This style used for this piece might be a bit more realistic but it feels less like Twilight for me. Aside for also having iffy wing anatomy, that's about all that I am able to point out.

Again, anatomy is probably the only things that might be a bit lacking for this piece, but about every other aspect, as far as I've understood them, are good enough for me to vote favorably for this piece. Grats on making it past the group's cruel voting process, haha.
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This is an absolutely stunning piece and I had to work very hard to find fault in this amazing piece. But I'm going to talk about the good stuff first.

The good:
The use of complementary colors and shades really make this piece. I especially love how you kept the warmer colors concentrated near Twilight Sparkle. It really enhances the the whole "battle" theme with the two contrasting colors of blues/mint greens and pinks/yellows.

The texture and light work in this piece is also amazing. The manes and tales look so silky and I have an overwhelming urge to touch them. The magic concentrated around also adds great depth.

The bad:

Like I said before it was extremely hard for me to find fault in this piece but there are a few nit picky things that bother me. First off, I would have added more feather-like textures to the wings. This would have added more depth. I would also make the magic a bit brighter so that it is more visible and a bigger part of the piece. Finally, I can not really tell what emotion is on Twilight's face. To me she seems sad or worried which contrasts greatly with Trixie's battle ready face distracting from the mood of this piece.

All in all, I really love this piece and I can't wait to see more amazing work from you.
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KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
Beatrix's eyebrows could have been more magnificent.
kankitsuru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Unibrow, Im thinkin.
KlarkKentThe3rd Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I meant thick and dark.

But that's just my preference.
kankitsuru Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Like a hitman.
KingInYellowTatters Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I approve of alicorn-ified Trixie...

... Also, for some reason I have this headcanon idea that this dramatic showdown will be resolved via playing a children's card game... perhaps whilst riding motorcycles.

It's time to d-d-d-d-D-D-D-D-duel!!!
kankitsuru Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
i love you for saying that. hahah
summerpho3nix Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like how the background compliments the unicorn's coat.
DoughnutJoe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Alicorn Trixie battle? Season 4: it could happen. :)
xelianthought Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Great piece!
kankitsuru Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
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