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The Duel by Yanoda The Duel by Yanoda
So I finally was able to finish this Vector I've been working on since a week, my most ambitious yet.
The scene was originally very different, but as I progressed, I changed the perspective and the effects. I hope the scene has the intended impact I desired.

Thanks to the :iconmlp-vectorclub: VIs for their assistance and help in checking for any errors or changes that needed to be applied. :)

I noticed some comments concerning the wind/rain direction vs Twilight's mane. This was intentional as to depict her movement as turning towards Trixie. While the water 'splashes' on Twilight's legs show that she's being pushed back from the impact of the magic. I hope this clarifies it. ;)

Since I spent well over 30 hours on this, I can't freely offer the Source file the way I usually do. So the AI file can be downloaded at a premium. Do remember that the File is very large (~50 MB), performance intensive and will only fully work with Adobe Illustrator CS6.

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Update: Adjusted the beams a bit and fixed an over lapping area of one of the beams.
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I applaud you for capture strong emotion. The vectoring is clean, and avoids a busy appearance, despite the activity depicted.

However, the splashes in the water do not fit with the style of vectoring used on Twilight, Trixie, and the magical energy. It appears more "anime" in style, and lacks the clean look of the show. Not to say that the water splashes are not well done, just stylistically out of place.

The red aura around Trixie's eyes looks more like heavy make-up than a mystical magical wisp. It may be beneficial to give Trixie's mane more of a wet look to match Twilight's--without such effect, it looks unnaturally dry for a magic duel taking place in the middle of a body of water.

The rain suggests that there is a wind blowing towards the left of the image, while Twilight's mane suggests the opposite. This contradiction may be due to implied movements on Twilight's part, however, were this the case, the water her hooves are kicking up are splashing in the wrong direction. In other words, if you are suggesting movement on Twilight's part, her mane suggests she is moving away from the magical "explosion," while the splashes at her hooves suggests she is moving toward it.

I applaud your use of bodily motion with Twilight: her stance adds to what can be read as firm determination, which masterfully compliments her facial expression. As for Trixie, I am at a loss as to what is possessing the mare to jump.

I believed I have rambled on long enough, so in short, a good piece, but with some tweaks can become a masterpiece among vectored art.
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Let's start with the vision: an epic battle from Twilight's perspective, but also angled so you could see the opponent, with the elements going crazy around them. That was delivered properly, with poses, expressions, and effects.

Cannot say this is very original, though; for better or worse, there are a bit too many picture of Twi and Trix killing each other. However, the addition of rain is VERY original.

Now, the technique. Everything aside from water is good. The magic is... well... magic, so it can look like anything, as long as it is well-drawn. Poses are perfect. Very often people fail at drawing 3-dimensional poni, but you succeeded. Wet manes also look good. However... water... it does not look like water, and more like ice or sand. Water does not splash properly, splashes are too angular, and the waves are too round. Work on your water.

Impact = vision + originality + technique.
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Jaimeelee123 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow that's really impressive!
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Yanoda Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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tophxomi Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So epic!
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mouseanderson Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
almost goku/vegeta awesomeness.
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twilightsparkle09012 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Twilight beats Trixie even with the alicorn amulet cause Twi is now a super powerful(she's always been) alicorn.
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JazzyTyfighter Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Student General Artist
Congrats! This made the news! www.wtvy.com/news/morningshow/…
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TomFraggle Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
Wow, this is an amazing piece of art!  I love it!  :+favlove:
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Tonytambe Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Holee Sheet! This is badass!!!!
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MyLittlePrimo Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Now THIS is a Magic Duel!
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Gojira012 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Well what I was thinking of was a Skylanders MLP Crossover

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And here's how it can work

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