It's always good to be able to bring you fine folks some fresh new pones, especially when we've got all this delicious widescreen action. There's a ton of shit going on here!
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Just a little while ago, I did up a commission
for one of the earlier chapters in his series, Black Equinox
. In this scene, our heroes are desperately racing against an automaton invasion force that's heading straight for Canterlot. These brave little ponies have just recently escaped from the clutches of Adrian Mandeville, a maniacal arms developer with malign intentions for Equestria. Though they have been branded with his campaign's logo, Twilight and her friends struggle to pull ahead of the mechanical army and warn the townsponies of the oncoming invaders.
There was a lot to consider while designing this scene. One of the biggest concerns I had was communicating a dynamic range of emotions with our main heroes. From determination to anger to sorrow, I wanted to make sure that the audience could feel their confusion and worry as they wrestle with certain doubt over the outlook of their imminent future. Beyond that, designing the pathmaking robot and the tank while placing them in a heavily forested scene was a bit of a challenge. I wanted to make sure that the viewer could see that this army isn't just making a path because they can, but rather because they must. Those are the biggest points; I put in some other subtle ones, like positioning Twilight slightly ahead of the pathmaker in the background (leads you to believe that they have a chance of beating the army and makes the picture feel slightly more hopeful). There are other subtle cues, but I don't want to bore you with a lengthy explanation.
All in all, everything really came together nicely. This is probably one of the best/most successful backgrounds I've ever done in the FiM style. I'm really happy with how this forest scene turned out. From the safety of the ridge in the foreground to the dense trees in the back, I feel like every aspect compliments another in some way. It looks pretty darned good in my opinion.
More to come. Stay classy, ponefriends.