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Twilight Sparkle for Harwick by WhiteDiamondsLtd Twilight Sparkle for Harwick by WhiteDiamondsLtd
A birthday gift for a very dear friend of mine, the amazing and extremely talented artist :iconharwicks-art:. Twilight is his favorite pony and so I knew I wanted to create some sort of artwork of her for him, but unfortunately had little notice so went with a relatively simple portrait-type picture, and also used a slightly different coloring style than usual simply because I enjoy mixing things up every now and then. He seemingly enjoyed her though, and that was all that mattered to me. *^_^*

Love you darling! :heart:

(EDIT: P.S. Macaroni hooves FTW)

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sleeper-dupster Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome dear!
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sleeper-dupster Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
wow, looks really great good job!!!
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:iconwhitediamondsltd:
WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm so glad you like it!
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Westfallen Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
This needs a prestigious place to hang. If I had a study, I would hang it in a nice dark oak frame.
Also, it just radiates inspiration to read, to me at least. Is that weird?
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JcosNeverExisted Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's Beautiful!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Aw, well thank you very much for thinking so, dear! :blushes: I appreciate it.
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emmanueljmoreno Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Never heard of Harwick, until now.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Really? I'm surprised! Well he is a very talented artist (as well as a good personal friend of mine) so if you haven't gone to check out all of his work already then you should definitely do so!
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Flauschtraut Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012
The movement!! Her face is so darling too.
You're so good at this, it's amazing!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Such wonderful compliments, thank you very much! :thanks: A lot of people have found faults in certain aspects of this picture, which is probably due to the fact that I had rushed it, but I'm very happy that the things which are probably most important to me are those which you have piked up on... I truly do appreciate that. <3
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Joyful. :3
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, thank you so very much for saying so! I was, originally, going for something like that when I started work on this I think, though some of it may have gotten lost in translation with the colors and other stylistic choices I made, I'm not sure. In any case I am very happy it gave you that impression, and I thank you for commenting! <3
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mocha-creme Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really impressive, I could stare at this all day *-*
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry I'm so late in replying to this, but thank you so much! It really means a lot, and I appreciate the compliments! <3
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mocha-creme Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's no problem at all ^-^
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SwanLullaby Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Shading is a great feature in your drawings.
It makes the characters even more realistic...
You did an excellent job on the book.
Brilliant as usual, sweety Diamonds ^^
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much again dear! A lot of people seem to like that book which I think is funny considering I painted it in almost no time, whereas Twilight took several hours. But either way, of course, it's very kind of you to say, thanks! :heart:
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cottoncloudyfilly Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
awesome:D nice art
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much, I'm really happy you like it!
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8loodyrain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I see you tryed a different style..... cool i like it.
the hooves look kinda funny? To tell you the
truth i like your other style better, im not saying this
is bad, it's just to comman. Good job bro
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yes, those hooves... regrettably I told myself they would do originally as I was short on time when I made this, unfortunately. But I'm glad you like the picture regardless dear! And yes, I think I prefer my other style more as well (after all, I use it most of the time) but every now and then it's fun to mix it up a bit. Thanks for the comment!
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TrueActi Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
Oh.

I am really sorry to say that, but this picture looks kind of... not yours. The style is absolutely different, and yeah... macaroni hooves, and the pose, and the 'plastic' shading of hair/fur/whatever it is called, and the anatomy look... misfitting. I was surprised to see this in 'More from WD': all your art I've seen so far has been so astounding, and this one looks as unusual as Twilight's birthday dress Rarity made in Canterlot. Well, maybe it's acceptable to take limited time as an excuse for that.

I am terribly sorry once again. You're a great artist nonetheless!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm sorry to hear you don't like this picture at all... as I said I decided to try a different style out here just for fun (that had nothing to do with the short notice I had to make my friend's birthday deadline, though the "macaroni hooves" did; I regrettably didn't have the opportunity to fix what I realized were obvious mistakes there). I personally really enjoyed making this and actually, like the style enough that I intend to utilize it again at some point in the future... sorry in advance for disappointing you in that regard! ^_~
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TrueActi Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012
Hey, heads up! ;-) As I said, you're an incredible artist anyways. Tastes differ and all that. I would still be glad to see more drawings from you! ;-)
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
I do appreciate that, even if I feel somewhat bad that you don't care for this particular style when I know I'm planning on doing more with it eventually (since, as I said I personally like it). But, as you say tastes differ, and it's not as if there won't be plenty more of my other art forthcoming at some point in the future.

Thanks again~!
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TrueActi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
Ah, don't feel bad! :-) Now I feel guilty for saying what I've said :-( . I see, it's usually accustomed to either comment someone's art with good words or not comment at all (or troll, but that's not my style). I love your art and I love to leave you positive comments about this and that drawing of yours, but I also care about being equally honest within everything I write. Now I regret I said I didn't like this particular art, because it made you feel bad, what you definitely don't deserve :hug:

Concerning the style, I never said you shouldn't do more of these. I am looking forward to your new pictures with any style adopted, let it even be cubism or art nouveau. And hey, you're still doing much better than any of my favorite musicians - they usually have one or two compositions per album I find listenable, whereas there's a single picture of yours I don't like in all your plentiful art collection! Besides, I see a lot of people actually liking this picture. It's always an artist's burden to hear and read mixed feedback but stay cool, confident and awesome. So I sincerely wish you that! ^_^
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Don't feel guilty, it was a perfectly valid opinion! Most people seemed to like this style, but I imagine you're not the only person who didn't... as you said and as I already know it takes all different kinds (and you're so funny about the musician analogy, haha... that was sweet). Most of my future works will resemble past pieces I have done I'm sure, as I'm comfortable with that style and I do like it, but every now and again it if fun and enjoyable to mix up techniques just as a personal challenge and growing experience, I suppose.

I will certainly do my best with that, anyway. Thank you again!
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xJupi Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Pictures this big take a while to load, and it's sort of a good thing because it gives me more time to notice the fine details in things such the pages of the book. Great work :) I love the shading!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! As stated in my initial remarks I used a different technique and method of shading when I made this picture, and Twilight's bizarrely hollow hooves aside I actually rather like the results. I'm sorry if it took a while to load for you, but I'm so happy you like it and thank you again for the kind comments!
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somercet Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Cute!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for that, I'm happy you like her!
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Spliffurt Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Damn, what brushes did you use?
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
My apologies for the belated reply; I'm afraid I've been quite busy lately. I actually use SAI's default brushes only, at all of the default settings, and normally set to bristle though I'll use simple circle or flat bristle settings on occasion (the latter wasn't used on this piece though, and I don't recall if I used the former or not).
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HNNNNNGHHH Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Wait.....howbis the book floating if Twilight isn't using magic at all?
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well for that matter, how is Twilight floating? As I said in my comments I unfortunately didn't have a lot of time to work on this picture, and as such made a simple splash background. Twilight isn't in a "real" setting here; it's not meant to have any meaning beyond what you see, I'm afraid.
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Cigitia Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Macaroni hooves, oh my gosh. XD It's a perennial problem everyone has—how to portray the undersides of their hooves! With a sharp edge, or continuous; with a large depth, or barely concave at all? Personally, they're a tad dark here for my taste, but like I said, everyone differs here, heh.

This is a beautiful shading style, but what I think actually shines the most is the…well, un-shined hair. It's almost flat, but with a very slight gradient from tip to end. I love it.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Oh, when I said "macaroni hooves FTW" I was really making fun of myself, because I realized that the way I approached Twilight's hooves here was probably a big mistake. Honestly looking at them now I don't think it's as much the raised "edge" so much as it is the fact that the interior surface is so dark as you noted, because it makes the surface appear recessed to the point that it looks hollow (hence, macaroni). That was really my bad, but as I've said I realized my mistake and don't intend to repeat it!

Anyhow, thank you very much for the excellent feedback! I agree with you in that Twilight's hair is probably my favorite part of the entire picture, and I honestly am wondering myself how I managed to paint it so silky-smooth. But yes I'm very glad you like it, and thank you most sincerely for the comments! :heart:
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ArrJaySketch Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay Twilight! She's a pony after my own heart. I'm so much like Twilight sometimes, it's scary! I'm a geek, I love learning new things, I get anxious and awkward sometimes, and—according to my wife—I can be completely and utterly adorkable. :D

That's what I love about the ponies. They are who they are, and they are completely unapologetic about it. That's how it should be! I'd never dare ask anyone to be anyone other than who they really are. There is nothing more awesome than friends who accept that about one another, strengths, faults and all. :)
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
I couldn't agree more about the complexity of FiM's characters... I've said it before but I honestly think they are more multifaceted than some real people whom I've known! I really think this it is a big reason for the show's success; the fact that none of them are perfect, and have problems and character flaws that most anyone can relate to allows them to be especially appealing, and yes makes their relationships with each other that more entertaining and rewarding to watch. It's fabulous. :aww:
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froggiefroggie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Oh my gosh this is fantastic D: I really love your style for the ponies. Like seriously, this is really wonderful and the book looks so real and just wow u_u <3
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much for the sweet compliments! <3 I'm glad you like the book (I guess I did something right with that!) and the sentiments about my ponies are very much appreciated. It mean a lot to me! :aww:
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froggiefroggie Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012
You're welcome! <3
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XxShirokoxX Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, I was noticing the coloring!! It looks very smooth and clean. Great work as always ♪
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
You're so sweet, thank you very much for that! And yes, smoother in some places than in others (I think I like the way her mane and tail turned out best, honestly) but whatever the case may be it is very much appreciated~! :aww:
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adamthewalker Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aaah! It's so antigravitational! I seriously love everything you've posted. You are probably best.
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure about that, but thank you so very much for the kind words and I'm glad that you like Twilight here! And "antigravitional", haha! It's more like I didn't really have time to do a proper background, and so went with a simple color splash, but I'm very happy that you like the end result all the same, thank you for that my friend! ^.^
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Poetloveramber Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Writer
Holy Mac and the Cheeses!
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WhiteDiamondsLtd Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure if that was another reference to poor Twilight's hollow-looking little hooves or not, but in any case I do appreciate the comment, thank you dear!
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Poetloveramber Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student Writer
lol ur really good haha
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FreezingShock Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, macaroni hooves FTW, indeed. I must admit they do look the slightest bit silly like that, but it's a minor "problem", if it can even be called that. Other than that it's a very nice picture. And I actually really like that book; it may be a fairly minor part of the drawing, but it looks great.

Really jelly of Harwick right now :D
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