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November 17, 2012
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Cool guys don't look at Explosions by FinnishGirl97 Cool guys don't look at Explosions by FinnishGirl97
This was point commissioned by :icontheforeverbrony: : A cool pic of :icontheaxolotl: 's OC Sterio Head and my OC Coffee Cup c: I hope you like it.
I've wanted to try some new lighting techniques, but I've failed so badly every time. But I think this worked pretty well :meow:
Yeah, cool guys don't look at explosions.
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Okay, now this is getting to be more like it. This is a definitely move forwards in the direction you want to be moving your art towards and I think you did a good job. Now for the break down.

'Vision' - 4/5

I feel like you have pretty much nailed the task you had been given and from what you had in your minds eye I can see you've nicely captured your imagination on screen.

'Originality' - 3/5

The scene looks good no questions about it, but it's a done to death one at that. It's as cliche as the action stars themselves who perform it. But it comes down to how it's performed to whenever or it becomes a tired out image or something more. Luckily, the 'cliche' look of this scene actually works because of how you drew it out. The mushroom cloud explosion is over the top but just looks the part within the setting.

In other words, you've done justice to a rather tired out action movie cliche. I cannot fault it, but I cannot praise it for originality either.

'Technique' - 3.5/5

I can see what you tried to do with the lighting effects and this time you've done very well with them. The light shining out from the explosion is nicely cast onto the characters and the shadows used whilst abit 'faint' for such a strong light source. It's used well enough to make the characters 'fleshed out' in appearance against the backdrop.

The clothing on the characters is one of the weak points for this image. On the downside, the shirt collars and rolled up jacket/shirt sleeves look rather rushed and not really 'part' of the clothing itself, almost like an add on. However the fit of the jacket and shirt combination is good and the ties blowing in the wind from the blast look great! Just enough 'flow' from them to suggest how much of an explosive the characters are 'too cool' to watch.

You've done well here and you are improving as an artist, but be more careful on details in the background too, the apples seem to vary in how smooth they look. Some look great (Take the one in the bottom right corner, it looks yummy!) and then some look either 'blocky' or have rather 'sharp' edges. The only issue I have with the trees for the setting here are the roots. They don't look like they fit at all in with the style here, smaller, broader roots may have suited better. Next time, how about using a smaller brush to simply practice how the roots would naturally 'flow' instead of how they look now which is rather jagged.

'Impact' - 3.5/5

For an image with two 'cool ponies' just 'chillaxing' against such a large explosion. It does feel abit 'safe'. It's a good scene and it did make me smile when I saw it, but I get the feeling it is trying to make me go "WOW". It just doesn't deliver on that big punch to the gut that scenes like this can accomplish well.

It just doesn't feel complete to me yet, which is why I think it also a good tracker for how you have improved as an artist so far. From what I've seen from you previously, this is a rather large jump in the right direction. You just need to keep on working on ironing it out and polishing up your skills to which your work will really start to shine.

I feel like this is an image you should re-visit sometime in the future, maybe a years time and see just how far you've come. Because as of now, this is one of your better pieces. But it also shows you've got so much more to give. Just keep on drawing and progressing and you'll be getting the "wow" comments soon enough.
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matteoNL97 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol that's a nice one.
MrKyuubi Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student General Artist
FinnishGirl97 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Nice! Looks great :meow:
FinnishGirl97 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you :3
RainBowDashForever3 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
You're welcome :3
Alruuna99 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Oscar is a dumbnut #YOLO #SWAG
RarityLuver214 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
Man, explosions are awesome!
FinnishGirl97 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes they are ^w^
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