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The Lyre player (colored) by aNIGHTLYpony The Lyre player (colored) by aNIGHTLYpony
I will not rest, 'till i'm one of the best! (and that rhymes :D).

Made with Paint tool SAI and photoshop CS6, Traditional version:
On EQD Drawfriend Stuff #957 :…
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OK i really love the work but it is a critique so, let get to it.
the detail is stunning, and i love the color of the pony. Also the
shading is perfect. but the only thing i want from this picture is
maybe a little bit more color, brighter colors anyway. but that is my opinion
some people may like the cool colors over the bright colors. also the harp it was so nicely done, any way i still love the setting and the overall picture is so beautiful, originally done, and your technique is so unique, i look forward to more or your work.:D
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The Artist thought this was FAIR
5 out of 8 deviants thought this was fair.

Note: I don't claim to know a lot about art as I am a hobbyist so take my critique with a gain of salt. I also rate deviations depending on the artists current skill level and what sort of art it is and I never give a perfect score. I mostly go by feeling and what I have picked up along the way.

This piece of art has several good points and a couple bad ones but over all is quite exceptional.

The aesthetic design of the character is for the most part quite good. The slightly wild mane style has both hints of grace and charm which is hightend by the facial expression and the flower.
The face is overall for me a good design and is reminescent of some roman statues as suggested by the body pose and theme of the piece.
The body and legs have an eathly appeal to them however the body does seem ot have some issue regarding the neck. To me it looks as if the entire neck is blowted in some way. The great upside to the body and legs however is the addion of wispy hair lines in its structure on the chest, elbows, and hooves.
The tail is another story. To me it looks more reminesent to a dragons tail than the of a pony.

The tree is a pleasent welcome to the baren atmosphere of the snow backdrop and fills in negative space as well a provide a sense of place to the piece.
The background while plain is a nice addition, however could have been cleaned a little better in one spot (middle left on the horizon).
The harp is a good design and a welcome break from other harps from other artists drawing the same character.

Color wise the pallet of the piece fits the theme however the pose, the harp, and the facial expression of the character suggest a happy setting which somewhat fits the mood of the piece but barly misses the mark and puts out a slight offsetting vibe, a slight unsettling mixer of bleak and happiness resulting in a sense of contentment.
The use of shading on the character makes sertain part pop out more than others in a good way however in some places it shading feels like it sinks back a bit to much (particularly in the darker areas) giving a slight sense that the character is slightly disfigured on a subconscious level (though it maybe the way in which the eye travels when examining it).

In the end this piece bring a nice sense of charm and elegance with the line work but color and shading in my perspective are points in which could be further honed. Over on my scale I give this piece a 5/10
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Maggie-X-Awesomeness Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
amazing work
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks a lot :D
BronyCrart Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
Very nice and decorative. The gray adds a more happier mood despite what grey is used for. The detail on the lyr is also great. Keep up the good work
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks a lot ^^

and i will :D
BronyCrart Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
foxkristen Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Epic Lyra =)
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
thank you,thank you ^.^
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013
Beautiful work.

I don't know why, but I like to see them with "real" hooves
aNIGHTLYpony Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013  Student General Artist
thanks  lot!
cajobif Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
My pleasure
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