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Nothing is Eternal by Starbat Nothing is Eternal by Starbat
EDIT: In response to the critique of :iconhourglasspony:, I have fixed the lighting and shading around the window and pillars. I think it has much more of a 3-dimensional feel now. I also touched up Discord in a couple of places.

Wow. It’s FINALLY done! This was quite a project for me.

This is intended as fanart for the “Journey of the Spark” project; a fan-made MLP-FiM feature length film, which I am VERY excited about.

I really tried to step up my game for this one. I poured as much love and attention into this here image as I possibly could muster. I wanted it to be the very best result that I could produce at my current level of skill. Though I’m definitely nothing more than an amateur at this whole art thing, I do believe this represents my best work to date, and I am pretty proud of it. :)

I experimented a bit with some new shading and lighting techniques to help capture the atmosphere of the scene. I hope you like it. Originally, I was going to give Twilight some greenish “Sombra” eyes, but ultimately decided against it, as I felt it would detract from the atmosphere and the other visual cues in the scene. I don’t know what it is, but I love drawing ponies crying. XD

By the way, here is the rough sketch for this image, in my scraps.…

And this is the isolated stained-glass window for those interested, also in my scraps.

ANY and all constructive criticism is welcome. I am always looking to improve my skills.

UPDATE: I used this picture to make a hypothetical movie poster for the film.…

My Little Pony Friendship is Magic is property of Hasbro.

The Journey of the Spark film project belongs to Eric Ridenour and his creative team.
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There are alot of really amazing things about this but I will try and write this in a way that will help you improve.

The first thing I noticed is how fuzzy Twilight looks. Between that and her tears in invokes an emotion that makes me just want to to reach out and hug her. She feels like the victim of Discord.

The time and detail you put into the stained glass window really paid off. It looks incredible! I love how the light casting though the window casts onto the floor.

You play with light alot in this piece. The shading on the characters is well fairly well done however your shading on objects is a little rough. I would perhaps consider applying some shading to the edge part of the stained glass to give it more of a three dimensional feel.

I have to say that I am confused by how Discord is slightly transparent in some spots (most noticible in the neck, right hand, and the tail). If your intent is to make him opaque I would make him more transparent. I think it would look better if you made him solid though.

I like how you made Discord very close to Twilight. Villians in the show never seem to keep their distance.

Overall it is a very imposing scene that accurately reflects the mood portrayed by the animatic released by Journey of the Spark.

Thank you for the fan art. It would be cool to see more some day.

- HourglassPony
Journey of the Spark lead Vector Artist
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I have not heard of "Journey of the Spark", so my critique will only be based on what I actually see in this piece. To that end, some parts would be speculations, which I will point out as I go.

Lets start with the concept - it is very suggestive, with all the pieces playing part in the general message; the contradiction between light shining through the window and Discord actually winning (at least it seems that way) gives a great feeling of sadness to the viewer, regardless to teh side he/she roots for. A complex, somewhat chaotic whole plays a great homeage to the Lord of Chaos, who basically lives by such principals.

That also gives one a feeling that this is unusual; it's rare to find pieces that leave such freedom of interpretation - the viewer can understand this work in various ways, all of which are just as pleasing; more often then not, art has a specific message that sets you on a certain course - here you can either decide that Discord is victorious or that Twilight managed to defeat him, granted the latter is a bit less likely in this setting, mostly due to the pony's tears.

The style you used is very detailed; on one hand it plays homeage to the source material (in this case meaning MLP), keeping a rather simple drawing technique and yet countless triflings show how much work was actually put into this piece - the lighting and window itself being prime examples. One can also spot Twilight's coat being a tad messy; this gives the pic a more realistic feel then the show itself, despite staying true to the designs from the show. It's an interesting take; granted, not one I'm overly found of, but this can be labelled as "personal preference" for most part. I just never found it pleasable to mix two style that "obviously".

The impact of the piece is undeniable however - it can easily strike you with depression as well as hope, due to its play with lighting and concept as a whole. A fountain of emotions nearly pours into one, be it by surprise or "frontal assault" and while the pic may not have enough "strength" to release all those experiences from the viewer, they are definately there, lurking at the back of their mood.
All in all, its a kind of piece that may not be "grand", but is, without a doubt, one that no-one can simply dismiss as ordinary.
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Hrou00 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
"But it's okay, Twilight. You'll always have me by your side. Hahahahah!"
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014
Journey of the spark 
Starbat Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's right.
Arielmlp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014
Indeed :)
Lordoffantasy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
nothing is eternal....... not even you discord. for if all were to end, you would be gone as well. for chaos cannot exist when all but ruin remains.
alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
Would you give permission for this to be used as a fanfic cover? (with credit given of course).
Starbat Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sure thing. Be sure to link me, as I might want to read it. ;)
Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I hate to say this, but to reality, Discord is right!
Starbat Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would say he's half-right. That's why half-truths can be so insidious.
Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
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