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Commission: Etude for Cello, Op. 23 by WhiteDiamondsLtd Commission: Etude for Cello, Op. 23 by WhiteDiamondsLtd
My very first "big" pony commission, I would say. This piece was done for the ever-lovely ~jodyjm13, a good friend of mine who wanted a picture of Octavia in the act of composing, as opposed to just performing with her cello as she is in most fanwork depictions. Many of the details in this picture are hardly what I would consider to be perfect at this point, I'm sorry to say, but more importantly than anything I sought to create a distinct mood when I created this piece, and can only hope people agree I was successful in doing just that.

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openskyline Featured By Owner May 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Yonderness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
By FAR the best and most in-depth Octavia art I have ever seen, you did a great job and if I had the money and ideas I would definitely commission something from you (if you were doing commissions). That tail is just steller, and the mirror and lamp are absolutely perfect. I especially like the empty shelves in the back, though I'm not sure why. 

Octavia always bothered me because: she plays the cello, which is a bass clef instument. Yet her cutie mark = treble clef! Strange eh? 
Although the treble clef is a more wellknown musical symbol, I still think that she should have a bass clef. 
Or one of those hearts made fom an upsidedown treble clef and a base clef! Have you ever seen one? They are very simple but cool and would make a neat cutie mark. 
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
This reply is probably inexcusably old at this point, but I'm afraid I have been away from deviantART since May, and apparently missed out on seeing it before that. And while I almost thought better of responding for that reason I figured it should never be too late to express my gratitude, so really thank you very much for such a lovely and insightful comment. While this artwork is lacking in many technical respects  that I can't help but regret now, even despite the fact it remains one of my most favorites of all that I've done, simply because I feel I captured a certain rare something with this one that is often elusive. I sincerely do appreciate your feedback on it, and apologize that it took me so long to say so.
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muffinexplosion Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awwww. she's soooo CUTE!!
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MLPegasis4898 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Love the scene!!! Really beautiful pic!!! :love: :love: :love:
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ArtistToaster Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013
The soft muted colors really looks nice...   then again, that's how it is with all your art.
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Ajax94 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Awesome! I just... I...

Goddamn it! I LOVE THAT ART!!! :'D
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Eztp Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice, love the shadows
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Eztp Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
very nice, love the shadows

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lonelynightrain Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Beautifully done!
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Another one I saw featured on a CAC episode!

Looks great! Love the detail! :+favlove:
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DJ-Rustid Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
Where did you learn all of these incredible skills from?! How? This is incredible!!
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ArmedBrony Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Practice, I would assume.
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catluvr2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I...

this is beautiful.

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D-SixZey Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student Filmographer
O_O OMG!!!!! this is so.. so.. so... i want to cry... its so beautiful!!!!! Im watching you! why i didnt got the notification for this pic TTwTT
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KG-Eisentraum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
So cute.
I love it.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it!
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KG-Eisentraum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
You are welcome.

The chello seems a bit off.
Or is it asymmetric as a style choice?
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yes, I guess you can say that is likely was... I drew it closely keeping to a reference screenshot from the cartoon, and it pretty much was the same way there, as well.
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KG-Eisentraum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
OK then.

I just started doing art and it looks like a pretty scary thing so far to be honest.

Keep up the good work, and the martini.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well I wouldn't ever call it "scary" by any means, though yes, admittedly some things can be challenging. But as long as you remember to always have fun with it, and enjoy the learning process (because creating art is always a learning process) I think you can go far.

Thank you so much again, haha! ;p
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KG-Eisentraum Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I hope I'm not too late and undergunned for ponies.
It would be nice to get some love.

You are welcome a lot.
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Burning-Question Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Writing etude with a hoof must be hard x.x
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Indeed, having no opposable thumbs (and no telekinetic magic, if one is not a unicorn) would have to make many things very, very challenging I would think. It also begs the question to me of why pony teacups and the like all have tiny little finger-hold handles... it's a bit odd, don't you think?
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niknit Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Great!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry that I'm late replying at this point, but thank you very much!
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Scottorego Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
Can't stop looking at this, it's just perfect.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
I really am so happy to hear that you like it, thank you very much! <3
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nonohino Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013
This truly is a masterpiece! It's so captivating, so inspirational, so fulfilled. It is one of my favourite pieces and holds such an atmosphere of history caught in time. Thank you for the beauty :)
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh my, this really is such an incredibly kind comment, thank you so much! :blushes: I had such a strong image in my mind of what I wanted to create with this piece, as far as the mood is concerned, and you have touched on essentially everything that I sought out to capture, especially in regards to the "history caught in time" sentiments. Truly, I appreciate it. :heart:
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ShadowPoni Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Regardless of whether or not it's perfect, this is an extremely beautifully done picture ^^

And the way the light hits everything is just wonderful~
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much for that kind comment, I sincerely do appreciate it very much! The mood was the most important thing to me when I created this picture, and in that regard I would still consider it a great success, regardless of any other shortcomings that may exist. It means a lot!
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ShadowPoni Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Of course~ ^-^
And very true; the mood for most artworks are usually the most important aspect. ^^
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AquaticSun Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Do you mind if I make a concept picture based off this one( really only using the room a reference) were Octavia is composing but is interrupted by Cloudchaser crashing in though the window. If you could get back to me on this soon that would be great. I just wanted your permission(since you are the original artist and all) thanks:iconapplejackplz:
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aaaaa I'm so, so very sorry that I've missed responding to this comment for so long, I really do feel badly for making you wait! Certainly, if you would like to do such a thing (use this room as a reference, I believe is what I gathered) then I would not have a problem with that and I doubt my friend Jody would either, and all I ask is that you please share the end results with me when you are done! Thank you very much for asking, and sorry again for my belated response.
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AquaticSun Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I understand that you are very busy, so its not a problem at all(in fact I was hesitant to bother you about something like this in the first place) Thank you kindly for letting me use your art as a reference I really appreciate it. Also im really flattered that you would like to see it, ill be sure to link you in a message once im done. Thanks again!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
Not at all, thank you again for your understanding as well as for asking to begin with (I appreciate the courtesy). I look forward to seeing it, then!
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SilencedMi6 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
I CAME BY AND THIS WAS NOT IN MY FAVORITES. NEEDLESS TO SAY THIS PROBLEM HAS BEEN REMEDIED.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Agh, I am so terribly, horribly late in replying to this comment now, my apologies dear! But thank you so very much for the favorite and the lovely sentiments all the same, I truly do appreciate both!
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SilencedMi6 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
You're quite welcome! :)
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emmanueljmoreno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Musically artistic.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes indeed, music certainly is a true art form. I wish I was better at it myself...
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verulence Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I love this picture... so much.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm so happy to hear that you enjoy it, thank you very much. I'm afraid I'm sadly quite late in saying so now, but I sincerely do appreciate the comment!
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verulence Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Ha! You're very welcome. It made me smile at a time I really needed one.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aww well that's really wonderful, thank you again! :heart:
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verulence Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
YYEEESSSSS no problem!
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teh-j0ey Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
After seeing EagleSpartan's comment. I can now somehow imagine Rarity in shades.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha! That's funny, because ever since he and I had that conversation, I myself can see it sometimes!
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Orfeanna Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Artist
That looks just like me, when my teacher gives me a new song :)
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